Biden’s opening salvo in his war on guns – The North State Journal.
In this file photo dated August 15, 2012, three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are on display in the California Department of Justice in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli, file).
Hoping to divert attention from immigration and the humanitarian catastrophe it caused on our southern border, on April 8 the Biden-Harris administration felt it was high time to announce its next advancing attack on the American people : the gun control.
Joe Biden rattled off a number of proven false claims and outlined a number of measures that Executive Fiat should implement. Empirical evidence suggests that these measures would have little impact on the criminal use of firearms, but would be very effective in further undermining the rights of law-abiding citizens under the Second Amendment. Facts don’t seem to matter when it comes to pushing the progressive Biden-Harris agenda forward.
Truth and facts are also in short supply in Congress, where members of the Democratic House are busy drafting their own gun control laws. One of the “experts” on firearms dedicated to this task is MP Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), who regularly shows a startling ignorance of what she wants to ban. In a recent television interview, Rep. Jackson-Lee falsely claimed that “weapons of war,” as demonstrated by the AR-15 rifle, are a source of armed violence in this country. She called for the AR-15 to be banned. She described the AR-15 rifle as “… as heavy as 10 boxes that you could possibly move …” and “… the bullets it uses – a 50 caliber bullet – must be licensed and not be on the street. “
In fact, because of its light weight (barely 6.5 pounds), ease of use, and the fact that it uses a cartridge that is among the most ubiquitous small ones in the world, the AR-15 is the most popular modern sport rifle in the world with a single bullet rifle cartridge that is less than half the size of that used for 50 caliber heavy military armor. An estimated 20 million AR-15 rifles are owned in the United States alone. These are used for target shooting, hunting, and home defense.
The AR-15 is usually characterized by the anti-weapon left behind as an “assault rifle”, which is why it, they explain, must be banned. However, there is no fixed definition of this term. The term “assault rifle” (or more generally “assault weapon”) is just as useful for anti-weapon advocates as the term “sports car” is for the marketing departments of automakers. These weapons are exactly what the anti-weapons lobby wants them to be.
Left-wing politicians are writing sweeping definitions of the terms “assault rifle” and “assault weapon” that are reported to generally ban almost all modern rifles and pistols because they can fire multiple cartridges without having to stop to reload and have magazines with the capability to hold the necessary ammunition.
An “automatic” shotgun commonly used to hunt waterfowl thus becomes an “offensive weapon”. This definition would also include weapons that have been passed down through generations in families, such as heirloom rifles or pistols that your grandfather or great-grandfather carried in military service. A friend of mine owns the 1911 pistol that her father carried on Guadalcanal. Tens of millions of these firearms were made and many were sold to civilians by the government. Under laws written by politicians like Rep. Jackson-Lee, these guns would be banned and you could become a criminal if only you had them.
Joe Biden and his anti-gun left in Congress routinely claim that if we outlawed “assault rifles” crime would decrease in this country. The actual data shows that this is not the case. The FBI crime database shows that in 2019, the last year for which the data is available, only 364 murders were committed with a gun. In contrast, 600 murders were committed with so-called “personal weapons” (hands, fists or feet) and 1,476 murders were committed with knives. So if we are to respect another leftist mantra to “follow science”, shouldn’t the focus be on banning hands, fists, feet and knives rather than “assault rifles”?
Empirical data show that strict gun legislation does not necessarily mean reducing gun violence. Case in point are Chicago and Cook Counties, IL, which have some of the strictest gun laws in the country. In 2020, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office recorded 970 murders, of which 875, or 90%, were due to gun violence. In some ways, this exceeds the total number of deaths (842) attributable to mass shootings across the United States over the past decade. In New York City, it is illegal for citizens to own firearms without a license and registration in a central database. In 2020, the incidence of gun violence in the city nearly doubled compared to 2019, reaching a level not seen in years.
If the Biden-Harris government and Congress are genuinely interested in reducing crime, we insist that they do it by enforcing the laws already on the books and prosecuting criminals, not by defusing our police departments and law abiding citizens deprive fire arms of their constitutional property rights.