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September 22, 2023

Gun Grabbers Get an Office

Just in time for election season, Joe Biden wants you to know that he’s doing something about “gun violence.”

Ronald Reagan knew full well the damage that an unchecked government could do, which is why he once quipped that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

And yet not even the Gipper could’ve imagined the growth of government during the past 40 years, nor its increasing encroachments on our everyday lives, nor the latest Democrat depredation on our Second Amendment.

As the Democracy Dies in Darknessers at The Washington Post breathlessly report, “President Biden on Friday will announce the creation of a new office for gun violence prevention, an escalation of the administration’s efforts to tackle the issue amid stalled progress in Congress, according to four people briefed on the action who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss plans that were not yet public.”

The official announcement is expected this afternoon, and word is that the new agency will be called the Office of Gun Violence Prevention. After all, who could possibly be against such a thing as gun violence prevention?

With election season right around the corner, we figured it was only a matter of time before Barack Obama Joe Biden made a move to placate his gun-grabbing base. And this is certainly that. As the Post continues:

Greg Jackson, a gun violence survivor who is the executive director of the Community Justice Action Fund, and Rob Wilcox, the senior director for federal government affairs at Everytown for Gun Safety, are expected to have key roles in the office, the people said.

The new office will report up through Stefanie Feldman, the White House staff secretary and a longtime Biden policy aide who has worked on the firearms issue for years, the people said. Feldman previously worked on the Domestic Policy Council and still oversees the gun policy portfolio at the White House.

As you can imagine, the gun-grabbing groups are giddy. “If this announcement is, in fact, the creation of a single point of leadership on gun violence in the administration, it’s a very big deal for the movement,” said one such grabber, Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action. Watts added: “For years, we’ve advocated for a centralized team responsible for coordinating federal and state resources and mobilizing movement partners. A governmental focal point dedicated to creating a framework for overseeing national policy, research and resources would be more than symbolic — it would be a significant turning point for the movement.”

It isn’t yet clear how the creation of this office will prevent gun violence, but we’re sure Joe Biden will spell it out with crystal clarity. If only he’d heeded our advice on gun control: Don’t just do something. Stand there.

Still, we can’t help but wonder what sorts of additional regulations might be foisted upon us by a new federal bureaucracy bent on restricting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. Perhaps, say, some sort of mandatory minimum sentence for lying on a federal gun form? Or perhaps, instead of adding new restrictions and regulations, we could just focus on enforcing the laws that are already on the books? A far more likely scenario would be for him to use this agency to further encroach on the constitutional rights of gun owners. For starters, he might force those of us who simply want to sell a gun to another law-abiding American to first become a licensed gun dealer.

For some perspective, “According to the provisional CDC data, 48,117 people died by guns in 2022,” reports the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Of those, 19,592 were homicides and the rest suicides. Talk about important perspective. For some additional perspective, 42,795 people died in the U.S last year in motor vehicle accidents. That’s according to Wikipedia.

Strange, but we haven’t heard anything about a new agency to combat this scourge of motor vehicle deaths.

As our Mark Alexander has noted, the usual scapegoats of systemic racism, trigger-happy cops, evil Republicans, so-called assault weapons, and white supremacy are not the problem.

He writes: “The reality Demos would most like to avoid is that violence is not a ‘gun problem’ but in fact is highly correlated with their most loyal constituency, and is the direct result of a Demo-induced culture problem spawned primarily by generations of failed socialist policies — resulting most notably in the disintegration of families. That is particularly true given the common denominator that most violent offenders grew up in fatherless homes.”

“The result,” he adds, “is metastasizing violence on Demo-controlled urban poverty plantations, the violent urban centers that have been under Democrat control for generations.”

Democrats, though, don’t want to address such cultural considerations. Nor do they want be bothered with facts and inconvenient truths. After all, they’re from the government and they’re here to help.

*Updated with additional thoughts on how Joe Biden might put this new office to bad use.

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