Published: Jan 10, 2021 12:01 AM
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Democrats now control the federal government by one party. President Joe Biden has presented himself as the most moderate candidate his party has to put forward. And yet, during the campaign, he vowed to put Beto O’Rourke – the man who blurted out “Damn yes, we’re going to take your AR-15s” in charge of his administration’s weapons policy.
Whether President Biden and Gun Tsar Beto are aiming for a national gun confiscation program or not, we should expect some sort of major crackdown on the Second Amendment and our other freedoms. Members of Congress who dodged, covered and curled up – in now iconic photos – when protesters entered Capitol Hill will almost certainly draw the wrong conclusions. They will not realize – like MP Lauren Boebert – that their security is fundamentally in their own hands and therefore will not bear arms and fight for the right of all Americans to do so.
No, they will act on the basis of heightened fear and perhaps even hatred towards their fellow citizens after seeing what some of them have shown themselves to be capable of. The left will attack the First and Second Amendments at the same time, arguing that the free flow of information is dangerous in a country where citizens are armed and can take action against perceived tyranny.
We’ve already seen what private tech companies are willing to do to curtail First Amendment freedoms, and we’ll soon find out what the Democrats on Capitol Hill want to do to gut the Second Amendment.
The Biden campaign has vowed to “hold gunmakers to account.” To be sure, automakers are – and should be – liable when a defect of which they are aware results in the death of people. But we do not hold Toyota responsible when someone drives drunk and kills a pedestrian. If it did, Toyota wouldn’t exist.
This is exactly what Democrats hope to do with gun companies like Remington. They want to blame them and fine them for every time a gun crime is committed. If they did that, the gun companies would have almost no choice but to disappear. And – trust me – there really is a clear path for that to actually happen. Democrats now have a majority in the House and Senate. While they may not be able to pass a bill that says so directly, they are savvy enough to find a little bit of language to squeeze into a stand-alone bill, which federal regulatory agencies would then use to craft. a regulation – working hand in hand. -glove with anti-gun advocates – to set the stage for a legal attack on gun manufacturers.
Biden also wants to ban the sale of “high capacity magazines” and “assault weapons” altogether. The old argument “why would anyone need a high capacity magazine” should have been answered effectively in the scenes of this summer’s riots, as business owners faced huge crowds bent on burning. their business and end their livelihood. But the left does not want them to benefit from this protection. And as for the old question “what exactly is an assault weapon?” You can bet they’ll try to set it as broad as possible, to try to ban as many physical varieties of weapons as possible.
The Biden campaign has also pledged to make a nationwide “buyout” of so-called “assault weapons”. The misleading term “buy-back” hides the fact that if Americans do not want to give up their guns, they will be forced to register them with the federal government. The fear about this has always been that this national database could be the prelude to a direct federal gun confiscation program, as what the left always applauds Australia for and as Beto O-Rourke has said. want to do it here.
If you had asked me last week how much our Second Amendment freedoms are in jeopardy, perhaps I would have been less concerned. I would have said that a Republican Senate will hold back the worst excesses of the left. I would have pointed out that a lot of people argue that Biden is a good enough politician to realize that he has won by a historically small and contested margin and that he commands historically small legislative majorities, so he knows that ‘he does not have the same mandate that Barack Obama thought he must have “fundamentally transformed” America after his landslide victory and the total implosion of the Republican Party after eight years of George W. Bush.
But today, I’m less sure. Democrats now have full control over the federal government. And whatever cautious caution Biden might have felt, she will likely be overwhelmed by the firm belief on the left that last week proved that, whether America likes it or not, it does. must be fundamentally transformed.
I can’t tell you exactly what they are planning. But with two weeks to go before Biden’s inauguration, just remember that it’s a lot easier for them to stop you from buying a gun than to take one from your hand.
Andrew Pollack is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center.