The discussion of firearms and just how legal or illegal they should be in the United States has been going on in earnest for the better part of our existence as a country. But it seems that it’s only been in the last few decades that any thought of our Second Amendment being rewritten or outlawed has been up for discussion.
And now that threat lies pretty much at our doorstep.
At this point, we all know President-Elect Joe Biden is no fan of guns. However, he’s done a reasonably good job of keeping that truth covered up. Ok, so maybe not such a good job.
I mean, this is the same man who brought gun-hating former Texas representative and failed presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke along on the campaign trail with him.
This is also the same man who got so upset about being questioned about his intentions for gun laws by a calm and collected auto worker in Michigan that he got in the man’s face, threatened to “go outside with” him, and called him not only a “horse’s a–,” but “full of s–.”
All the man had suggested was that his plans for gun control would “end” the Second Amendment as we know it. And just like that, Biden went off like a defensive teenager.
Now, you’d think if he really wanted to disprove the theory that the Second Amendment is in some way in danger by his policies, he wouldn’t be promising things like wanting “to defeat the NRA and end our epidemic of gun violence.”
Yes, ending gun violence is a great cause, but one that the left just doesn’t seem to understand will happen simply by outlawing firearm possession.
Biden made this statement when commenting on a retweet from former Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords this past week. If the name Giffords sound familiar to you, it’s likely because she was the unfortunate target of an assassination attempt in 2011, in which she was shot in the head, and six others were killed.
Giffords miraculously survived the attack, and as a Democrat, unsurprisingly became an activist for anti-gun laws, along with her husband, newly-elected Arizona Senator Mark Kelly.
This past week marked the tenth anniversary of the attack, and so, Giffords made sure to tweet about it and the changes her party wants to make for the future regarding firearms. Naturally, Biden was right there to back her up and support her desires.
He wrote, “Your perseverance and immeasurable courage continue to inspire me and millions of others. I pledge to continue to work with you – and with survivors, families, and advocates across the country – to defeat the NRA and end our epidemic of gun violence.”
Now, of course, like most of his statements, no specific plans are mentioned, just a vague ‘I promise to end the Second Amendment’ one way or another.
And while this type of comment might encourage conservatives that no plan is in play or even in mind for more gun control, his recent cabinet appointments suggest otherwise.
Take his pick for attorney general, for example.
As a federal judge and former SCOTUS nominee, Merrick Garland has seen his fair share of cases involving firearms and the laws surrounding them. And yet, in nearly every case, he comes down against them.
As the NRA-ILA recently stated, “Garland’s anti-Second Amendment position is clear from his record. Garland does not believe the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms.”
The pro-gun group explained by pointing out one case in particular where Garland fought for the belief that civilian ownership of handguns should be banned altogether. Luckily for America, “a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a ruling in Parker v. District of Columbia” that we the people do have the individual right to own and bear arms.
Upon such a ruling, Garland then voted to rehear the case but lost.
I must also mention that other known anti-gun lawmakers have been added to Biden’s staff such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former MI Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Gov. Gina Raimondo, Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice, CA AG Xavier Becerra, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and Dr. Vivek Murty.
There should be no question in anyone’s mind that Biden is preparing to wage war on our Second Amendment at this point. And it should terrify us all.
All we can hope is that Congress stands in his way.