Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Biden’s Response to Deputies Shooting in California — Ban Assault Weapons

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The horrific point-blank shooting of two Los Angeles County deputy sheriffs Saturday night in Compton, California, by a man with a handgun, has drawn various responses. President Donald Trump called for the death penalty for the perpetrator, while some protesters outside the Los Angeles-area hospital in Lynwood where the deputies were transported shouted, “We hope they die.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump’s Democratic opponent, did denounce the attempted murder, but he then callously used the incident to call for, you guessed it, more gun-control legislation. In a Sunday tweet, Biden said, “Weapons of war have no place in our communities. We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”

Biden is certainly known for odd comments, but this one is particularly bizarre — the person who shot the two deputies used a handgun, not a rifle, much less “assault weapons.” The person apparently fired only two shots, both to the head, but Biden called for banning “high-capacity magazines.” Exactly what Biden was talking about is unclear, probably even to him.

Of course, gun-control advocates such as Biden often use the term “assault weapons” as a reference to weapons that do not fit that definition. Certainly, a handgun is not an assault weapon, and it is not what is often thought of as a “weapon of war.” Actually, handguns have long been used in combat, which illustrates how loosely gun-control advocates such as Biden use the language.



What this knee-jerk reaction by Biden should alert all Americans who understand the importance of the right to keep and bear arms, specifically protected by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, is that the election of Biden would mean that precious right would be in grave danger.

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke said last year during his bid for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, ultimately won by Biden. While Biden is portrayed in the mainstream liberal media as some sort of middle-of-the-road politician, the fact is that Biden has said that O’Rourke will be a trusted advisor on the gun issue. In fact, in the same debate in which O’Rourke called for confiscation of firearms from Americans who have committed no crime, Biden weighed in with his own anti-gun rights position.

“Over 90 percent of the American people think we have to get assault weapons off the street — period,” Biden said then. Now, he has decided to use the attempted murder of two local law-enforcement officers by a handgun as an occasion to call for a ban on assault weapons. Biden’s anti-gun rights position was challenged a few months ago by an autoworker in Michigan, to which Biden responded, “You’re full of s***!”

Biden’s retort clearly mean that he was disagreeing with the autoworker’s characterization of his position on guns. But if we go to Biden’s own campaign website, we find that Biden can be expected to support a host of measures to limit Americans’ constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.

“In 1993, he shepherded through Congress the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which established the background check system,” the website proudly proclaims, adding that the next year, “Biden, along with Senator Dianne Feinstein --- secured passage of 10-year bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”

Then, the website states that in 2012, President Obama “tasked Vice President Biden with developing both legislative proposals and executive actions to make our communities safer.” (Emphasis added.) In other words, although the Constitution gives all legislative power to Congress, Biden and Obama “took more than dozen actions, including narrowing the so-called gun show loophole.” So much for separation of powers.

The website assures its readers that the Second Amendment is “limited.” According to the site, Biden will hold gun manufacturers “accountable.” In 2005, then-Senator Biden voted against the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. As the site noted, “This law protects these manufacturers from being held civilly liable for their products,” promising to “prioritize repealing this protection.” What exactly did this law protect? It keeps gun makers from being sued if someone makes a legal purchase of a firearm, but then uses that firearm to hurt someone. Needless to say, if liberals are allowed to file lawsuits every time someone gets injured or even killed with a firearm, it would eventually bankrupt every gun maker in the country.

That is likely the intention — bankrupt all the gun makers in America.

And, just to be sure that Americans will not then turn to foreign-made guns, the site boasts that Biden “will use also use his executive authority to ban the importation of assault weapons.” Where in the Constitution does Biden find such “executive authority?” I certainly cannot find it.

Biden will also “reduce stockpiling of weapons” by legislation that would restrict the number of firearms an individual may purchase per month to one. Furthermore, Biden will require “background checks for all gun sales. He also would confiscate firearms owned by older Americans on Social Security, if the Social Security Administration determines that person is “unable to manage their affairs.” Biden will also end the online sale of firearms and ammunition.

And of course, Biden supports “red flag” laws, which enable family members or law-enforcement officials to temporarily remove an individual’s access to firearms. According to the site, Biden will give federal money to states who enact such laws.

Perhaps most ominously, the site says, “Biden will enact legislation to give states and local governments grants to require individuals to obtain a license prior to purchasing a gun.” This is perhaps his boldest assault on the Second Amendment. After all, do Americans presently have to get a license from the government to practice freedom of religion, or freedom of speech? Which of the other rights protected in the Bill of Rights require a license from the government? Government licenses privileges, not rights.

Yet, this fierce foe of your right to keep and bear arms is called a centrist by the mainstream media. Clearly, a man whose reaction to the attempted murder of two deputies by a man using a handgun is to talk about his proposals to ban “weapons of war,” as he calls them, is not a centrist.

Were he to somehow win the election in November, and then place his hand on the Bible in January, swearing to uphold the Constitution of the United States — which includes the Second Amendment — Biden will be telling us a lie.

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Steve Byas is a university instructor in history and government, and is the author of History’s Greatest Libels. He may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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