President Joe Biden has announced his first gun control measures since taking over the White House, announcing a half-dozen executive actions on Thursday that are aimed at addressing gun violence across the country which he called an “epidemic and an international embarrassment.”
“It is actually a public health crisis,” Biden said during his speech.
The president then greeted the families of gun violence victims, along with activists, and assured them, “We’re absolutely determined to make change.”
Biden’s Thursday announcement delivers on a pledge he made last month to take what he termed immediate “common-sense steps” to address gun violence, after a series of mass shootings drew renewed attention to the issue. His announcement came the same day as yet another shooting, this one in South Carolina, where five people were killed.
But the announcement underscores the limitations of Biden’s executive power to act on guns. They include moves to tighten regulations on homemade guns and provide more resources for gun-violence prevention, but fall far short of the sweeping gun-control agenda Biden laid out on the campaign trail.advertisement — content continues below
Biden is tightening regulations of buyers of “ghost guns” — homemade firearms that usually are assembled from parts and milled with a metal-cutting machine and often lack serial numbers used to trace them. It’s legal to build a gun in a home or a workshop and there is no federal requirement for a background check. The goal is to “help stop the proliferation of these firearms,” according to the White House.
The Justice Department will issue a proposed rule aimed at reining in ghost guns within 30 days, though details of the rule weren’t immediately issued.
Another proposed rule, which is to come about within 60 days, seeks to tighten regulations on pistol-stabilizing braces, like one that was used by the shooter in the Boulder, Colorado shooting that took place last month in a grocery store. This rule will designate pistols that use these braces as short-barreled rifles, which are required by law to have a federal license to own and require a very thorough application process along with a $200 tax.
“The department also is publishing model legislation within 60 days that is intended to make it easier for states to adopt their own ‘red flag’ laws. Such laws allow for individuals to petition a court to allow the police to confiscate weapons from a person deemed to be a danger to themselves or others,” Newsmax reports.
“The department also will begin to provide more data on firearms trafficking, starting with a new comprehensive report on the issue. The administration says that hasn’t been done in more than two decades,” the report continues.
Yeah, none of this is good. The main strategy here is to make guns as difficult to purchase as possible so that folks are discouraged from buying them. This way they can control guns without having to do anything to the actual Second Amendment itself.
It’s sneaky, dirty, and tyrannical.