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Crime Surges & Biden Wants Your Gun

Where’s the zero tolerance for the criminals illegally using guns?

Everyone in Washington, D.C., knows why President Biden made a big speech on crime Wednesday: The polling the White House is getting is abysmal. Wednesday’s speech was damage control, but it didn’t work.

Biden’s central message is that crime is up because of guns. That’s odd. When a police officer discharges his gun and kills a criminal, it’s always the fault of a “racist cop.” But when a thug kills a police officer or another person, it’s the gun’s fault.

The problem with Biden’s analysis is that crime is up across the board. Robberies, arsons, assaults, car jackings, looting, hate crimes, etc. Most of those crimes do not involve guns.

So, in the middle of this crime wave, Biden’s big idea is to make it harder for law-abiding Americans to protect themselves with firearms. He vowed that his policy is “zero tolerance for gun dealers who willfully violate key existing laws and regulations.”

Fine. Prosecute anyone who breaks the law. But why is he so focused on gun dealers? Where’s the zero tolerance for the criminals illegally using guns? Biden’s speech should have come with a laugh track if it wasn’t so serious.

The timing couldn’t be worse. Because there’s a crime wave, many Americans who have never owned a gun are trying to get one now. Yet in this atmosphere, Biden just announced policies that criminals won’t follow, but will make it harder for you to protect your family.

This is insanity! Like so much of the left’s agenda, it’s completely backwards!

The Left Owns This

A major reason crime is up is because Joe Biden, his party and the liberal media have demonized law enforcement. They have called police officers “racists,” compared them to Nazis and demanded that we defund the police. Meanwhile, liberal prosecutors are letting criminals out of jail as quickly as they are arrested.

It is almost universally Democrat mayors in Democrat cities with Democrat prosecutors who have created the conditions responsible for the anarchy and mayhem we are seeing on the streets of our major cities, whether it’s Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland or Seattle.

The other excuse Biden offered for the crime wave is a lack of summer jobs. That’s absurd. There’s a record 9.3 million job openings. Any young person in America who wants a job can find one.

Another Big Problem

I want to touch on something else. Policy disagreements aside, there is something cognitively wrong with the president. His speech was slurred Wednesday. He couldn’t follow the teleprompter. He told the same joke twice, and at times seemed incapable of articulating complete sentences and thoughts.

Here’s just one example. Biden attempted and failed to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson in order to mock supporters of the Second Amendment. Eventually, Biden said, “If you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons.” WHAT?!

This president has been telling us for months that unarmed demonstrators who entered the Capitol Building amounted to an “insurrection” and “the worst attack since the Civil War.” Now he’s suggesting that people need nuclear weapons to threaten the government. Well, if that’s the case, the “insurrection” clearly wasn’t such a threat.

America is facing huge challenges at home and abroad, and there are growing concerns about the president’s health. Obviously, I’m not a fan of Joe Biden. But I don’t take any pleasure in watching his health and mental capabilities fail.

If Donald Trump gave a rambling speech like that, there would be deafening calls for the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him.

Kids & COVID

There’s growing pressure from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the same bureaucrats at the CDC, who made all the mistakes during the early days of the pandemic, to force all children to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Many universities are mandating vaccines for students to return to campus.

At the same time, more than 1,200 people, mostly young men, who have gotten the vaccine have been stricken with heart inflammation.

Just as social media censored any suggestion that the virus came from the Wuhan lab, Big Tech is censoring scientists who say we need more information before children get these vaccines.

I fully expect the same left-wing educational establishment that is teaching our children to hate America will use the vaccine issue to once again insist that the schools do not open in the fall.

Dr. Fauci says there is no medical reason not to vaccinate kids. But he has also said that the bad advice he gave in the past was based on the bad information he had at the time. Well, if we’re lacking information now and if he’s wrong about the vaccine being safe for children, “Whoops” won’t repair the damage.

The risk of children getting seriously ill from COVID-19 is similar to that of the seasonal flu. As David Leonhardt of the New York Times has noted, a child is at much greater risk from suicide or riding in a car than she is from COVID-19.

Yet because of our fear of COVID-19, we deprived millions of kids of a year’s education, and likely caused many more suicides and growing psychological problems.

The fact is no one in the scientific community can say with 100% certainty that a vaccine using new technology won’t cause issues in children. Children and adults are different.

To be clear: I’m not urging you to not vaccinate your children. To be accurate, the risk of heart inflammation from the COVID-19 vaccines is also very low, and is reportedly less than the risk of heart inflammation caused by a COVID-19 infection.

But the COVID-19 vaccines are still authorized only on an emergency basis, and children are the least vulnerable group. Parents should have the right to make their own decisions without Big Brother punishing them or their children.

Just A Bit Off

Yesterday we told you that “Border Czar” Kamala Harris was finally going to visit the southern border to see for herself the crisis she and Joe Biden created. Well, we have since learned that Harris is going to El Paso, Texas.

While El Paso is technically on the border, it’s nowhere near the area that is experiencing the worst of the crisis. In fact, it’s 800 miles away from the Rio Grande Valley and McAllen, Texas, which is the “epicenter” of the illegal immigration crisis.

For perspective, Harris’s border visit is like giving a speech on Chicago’s crime problem to an audience in Oklahoma City!

Even some Democrats are grumbling about this staged photo-op for Harris. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) said, “You’re not going to get a true picture of what’s happening” by visiting El Paso. “I’m sure her planners told her that if you’re going to go down to the border, go to something that’s … politically safer.”

But Harris is going to the border for the same reason Biden gave his speech Wednesday night — damage control.

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