President Joe Biden ran for office on a promise of passing gun control. He was as clear as he could be four years ago about what he wanted to accomplish, at least in regard to dismantling the Second Amendment.
And despite the old standard of politicians never keeping their promises, he certainly tried. I guess we have to give him credit for that.
Yet he didn’t get everything he wanted in this term. As it wraps up, he’s finally gearing up for a second term, and he promises to keep hammering away at our right to keep and bear arms.
Which elicited some comment from the NSSF’s Mark Oliva.
President Joe Biden’s campaign is waking from its slumber and vowing he will “finish the job” on gun control as a central pillar of his pitch to stay in The White House for another four years.
The Biden-Harris reelection campaign is circulating memos and reaching out to friendly media to make the case that President Biden will use a second term to usher in gun control’s radical unconstitutional agenda. That includes banning America’s most popular-selling centerfire rifle, the Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR). That also means defying the will of Congress. White House officials are playing up bipartisan efforts but are making it clear that they are willing to strike out unilaterally if Congress doesn’t knuckle under to their demands.
“The president demonstrated that he can get things done, working across party lines when necessary, on our own where we can’t,” White House Deputy Chief of Staff Bruce Reed told The Messenger.
That last part is hysterical considering how much Biden resorted to using executive action to try and push his anti-gun agenda.
But as Oliva notes, this might not be as great an opportunity for the president as he might like to think.
President Biden has already made clear he’s not listening to American citizens when it comes to guns. An NBC News national poll indicated that the majority of Americans live in a gun-owning household for the first time. The Biden-Harris reelection campaign, though, will lean on the political favors they’ve delivered for special interest gun control – specifically the deep-pocket donors who expect a return for their campaign donations.
President Biden continuously calls for Congress to re-enact the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, which even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported had no effect on reducing crime.
“Who the hell needs an assault weapon that can hold, in some cases, up to 100 rounds?” President Biden said just last month. This is the line of attack that he’s coupled with veiled threats of using U.S. military force against its own citizens.
“If you wanted or if you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons,” he said in 2021.
But AR-15s are a large chunk of those firearms in more than half of all American households. If he continues this jihad against such weapons, he’s likely to find that a lot of Americans who supported him four years ago–many in spite of his gun control efforts, not because of them–will decide not to vote for him this time around.
My guess is that Biden and his handlers are reading the polls that suggest Americans actually want gun control. However, we also know why those polls often suggest support that just isn’t there, and it’s because the discrepancy lies in the nuances pollsters rarely look at. People may like the concept, but the details change their mind.
Yet the thing is that Biden is going to push for this in addition to a lot of other things. Even Democrats who favor gun rights–yes, they’re out there–are generally going to be motivated to vote based on other issues. The same is true for most independents. They might not support gun control, but they want other things someone like Biden promises.
And there’s not a lot folks like you or I can do about that, either, except try to convince them that the Second Amendment is much more important than they think.
We should also remember to remind both Biden and other politicians that few people actually vote for gun control. They might support it, but again, there are other issues that matter more to them. Not supporting anti-gun legislation isn’t going to hurt them as much with the electorate as some might want to believe.
In the end, though, the truth is that Biden is still coming for our guns, regardless of the plethora of setbacks we’ve seen handed to people like him by the courts.
He wants our modern sporting rifles. He wants our magazines. He wants to kill youth shooting sports. He has no respect for our rights. Any of them.
So buckle up, ladies and gentlemen. Get ready for round 2.