Shameless gun control groups are using taxpayers’ money from the US rescue plan to advance their disarmament agenda

By Larry Keane

Do you remember the American rescue plan signed by President Joe Biden who sent out checks for $ 1,400 to aid those economically hit by the COVD-19 crisis? That was the White House’s plan to provide direct aid to Americans contain the spread of COVID-19 and save the economy.

It turned out to be also used to fuel local gun control initiatives.

Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control group funded by anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg, is even hosting it Webinars Teaching officials how to tap the $ 130 billion to fuel gun control initiatives. Everytown and Giffords Justify gun control using taxpayer-funded aid for their goals by asserting the rise in criminal violence is caused by COVID-19 and that “violence intervention experts” are at the forefront of the pandemic.

This absurd argument ignores the fact that, following civil unrest and riots across the country, crime has increased in urban centers and towns that police departments slashed after being asked to exonerate the police. These calls to “reinterpret law enforcement” were supports and echoed from the gun control groups. Violence intervention professionals used to be the police, but as law enforcement agencies withdrew, criminals became bolder.

COVID control?

Now those same gun control groups would be using federal emergency funds to put gun control on their agendas rather than protecting communities from violence, pandemic infections, and helping businesses forced to shut down and Americans who have lost their jobs. These groups did not pick the idea out of thin air either.

The Biden government openly advocates using the funds to advance a gun control agenda. The Treasury gave a Press release – calling for funds to be used for Community Violence Intervention (CVI) programs.

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The Treasury Department also notes that the funds can be used in support of law enforcement efforts, including combating the illegal arms trade, but neither Everytown nor Giffords mention the use of the funds to get more police onto the streets.

That’s on top of the White House’s 2022 discretionary budget planning That includes $ 2.1 billion for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to treat crime as a public health crisis, and President Joe Biden has also proposed $ 5 billion for community gun violence prevention American job plan Released earlier this year.

Wrong treatment

The idea that COVID infections are a causal factor in crime is illogical. Crime is not a disease. It’s criminal behavior. NSSF has pointed out that firearms sales reached record levels and continue to be sold at record levels due to concerns about increasing crime.

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The FBI released its Uniform Crime Report, which showed that murders rose 29 percent nationwide. The Criminal Justice Council, a non-partisan think tank, quoted the change in police activities in response to COVID-19 infections and the breach of trust by community leaders in the police force as two of the reasons behind the rise in crime, including murder.

The American rescue plan is proposed by the White House as a direct aid to Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It looks more like an injection of cash into the taxpayer’s penny to advance a gun control agenda.

Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

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