Biden, Democrats Push Forward With Crackdown On Legal Gun Owners

With another failed impeachment out of the way, the Biden administration and members of democratically controlled Congress are looking for ways to crack down on legal gun owners and put in place tough gun control measures to “end our gun violence epidemic.”

President Joe Biden led the indictment on Sunday, releasing a statement saying incidents such as the fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida three years ago and the “historic increase in murders across America” ​​were the main reasons behind the ban Certain rifles cited B. AR-15 (semi-automatic weapons commonly referred to as “assault weapons”), prohibiting the sale and use of “high capacity magazines”, creating a universal background check system, and identifying weapons manufacturers “who knowingly use war weapons our streets “punishable by law.

“This government will not wait for the next mass shootings to answer this call. We will take action to end our gun violence epidemic and make our schools and communities safer, “he said in a statement, calling on Congress to” implement gun law reforms with common sense. ” “We owe it to everyone we have lost and everyone left behind to grieve in order to change something. The time to act is now. “

Three years ago today, a lone gunman killed 14 students and three educators in Parkland, Florida. In a matter of seconds, the lives of dozens of families were forever changed. As we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn all those who lost loved ones to gun violence.

– President Biden (@POTUS) February 14, 2021

While a gun control activist flirts with starting a pillow company to rival Fox News advertiser MyPillow, several anti-gun groups welcomed Biden’s calls as needed and praised the president for promoting “these important measures.” Pro gun organizations, however, warned of the dangers of these sweeping proposals.

“President Joe Biden’s call for his gun control agenda is not aimed at achieving the common American goal of reducing the criminal abuse of firearms,” ​​said Mark Oliva, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, in a statement. “His demand that Congress banned the modern sporting rifle (MSR), which it knowingly mislabels as ‘assault rifle’ and ‘weapon of war’, denies the fact that more murders are committed with knives, fists and clubs than all rifles combined. There are over 20 million MSR in circulation today, used for legitimate purposes every day. “

Oliva also noted that Biden’s call for gun manufacturers to be held accountable for crimes involving guns they made goes against bipartisan law to protect the legal arms trade.

“Rolling back would be akin to allowing activist activists to sue Ford over the deaths caused by drunk drivers,” he said. “The criminal responsible for the horrors of Parkland and the nation must be held accountable for his crimes. Everything else is a whitewash of the failure of local, state and federal agencies to respond to any of the 45 warnings, tips and police responses before his latest horrific crimes. “

The National Rifle Association also spoke out against Biden’s demands, finding that his proposals “ba jointly owned firearm (AR-15) and more than 10 round magazines, ccriminalize private arms transfers and put arms manufacturers and dealers out of business. “

TODAY: President Biden made a statement calling on Congress:

Ban firearms (AR-15) and more than 10 round magazines
🚨 Criminalize private gun transfers
🚨Drive weapons manufacturers and dealers out of business.

The NRA will NEVER stop fighting for the 2nd change!

– NRA (@NRA) February 14, 2021

Despite polls suggesting support for stricter U.S. gun laws is at its lowest level since 2016, Biden’s call to action sparked promises from members of Congress like the Democratic Senator. Chris Murphy from Connecticut Introducing legislation to review the background “in the coming weeks”.

“President Biden and his administration are clearly committed to passing gun violence prevention laws and executive action to save lives and make our communities safer. Two years ago we were damn close to hitting a bipartisan deal to expand background checks which I believe would have passed on the floor if [then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell put it to the vote, ”Murphy said.

Other members like Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island are preparing to reintroduce laws banning “offensive weapons” such as semi-automatic rifles and pistols that previously failed to receive votes in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Democratic MP Sheila Jackson Lee, the same congresswoman who falsely claimed that AR-15 rifles require .50 caliber ammunition and are “as heavy as 10 boxes you can move,” has already passed a law designed to address them Gun Industry and Legal Firearms is targeting users in the hope of taking comprehensive arms control measures. While the Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act seeks to ban ammunition in .50 caliber or higher and require gun owners to pay for insurance, complete a state training course, register their firearms at the federal level, and obtain multiple licenses to just an antique to display The bill currently has no sponsors and does not appear to have caught on with any of the Democratic colleagues in Congress.

Jordan Davidson works for The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University, where she majored in political science and majored in journalism.

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