Thomas Gallatin / March 24, 2021

Biden and Democrats Target Second Amendment

He calls for banning “assault weapons,” while Senate Dems ponder eliminating the filibuster in order to get it done.

Not that long ago, politicians on both sides of the aisle and members of the media would castigate those who dared politicize an atrocity such as what happened in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday. Unfortunately, those days are long gone, and we must now endure the immediate politicization of nearly every murderous attack. Democrats from Joe Biden on down blame the Second Amendment, disgracefully scapegoating a fundamental constitutional right that the vast majority of law-abiding American citizens legally engage in and depend upon.

“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take commonsense steps that will save lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden obtusely asserted Tuesday. “We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again.”

By “once again,” Biden was referencing Bill Clinton’s failed 1994 Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, which banned rifles with certain cosmetic features (mislabeled “assault weapons”) and did nothing to end or even curb “gun violence,” another bogus leftist term. The truth is that semiautomatic rifles were only ever used in the tiniest fraction of crimes, and that remains true to this day. In fact, following the expiration of Clinton’s gun ban, the number of crimes committed with so-called “assault weapons” actually decreased.

The Boulder assailant, by the way, used a Ruger AR-556, which is a pistol, not a rifle.

Like so many anti-Second Amendment activists, Biden peddles a myth when he suggests that a return to the Clinton-era “assault weapons ban” is a “commonsense” step that will “save lives.” If anything, it will likely lead to an increase in “gun violence.”

But Biden isn’t content to wait on Congress. “We are considering a range of levers,” explained White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, “including executive actions to address, obviously, not just gun safety measures but violence in communities.” We’ll be waiting to see how badly he infringes on the Second Amendment.

One of those ways looks to be what Psaki last week framed as “repealing gun manufacturers’ liability shields.” That would be basic liability protections that all other industries are currently afforded. By falsely implying that firearms manufacturers bear some special liability, Biden is in fact singling out and intentionally vilifying the firearms industry, as if these companies have escaped justifiable legal culpability. Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, Biden and the anti-gun lobby are looking for ways to eradicate the firearms industry by removing protections from frivolous and meritless lawsuits.

Meanwhile, some Democrats are calling for exploiting the recent murderous attacks in Atlanta and Boulder to push for the elimination of the Senate filibuster. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) blatantly stated, “Things won’t get better until Democrats get rid of the filibuster and finally pass gun safety legislation that a huge majority of Americans support. What are we waiting for — another tragedy?”

Finally, the Biden administration is using the Boulder attack to distract from a calamity of Biden’s own creation — the border crisis. On the one hand, Biden is attacking Americans’ fundamental right to bear arms, while on the other hand he refuses to defend and protect the nation’s borders from those seeking to illegally infiltrate and exploit our economy and citizenry. It’s almost as if Biden holds Americans in contempt for wanting to protect and hold on to our Liberty.

(Updated.)

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