In a move that surprises exactly no one, President Joe Biden used the fourth anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL to once again demand further attacks on the Second Amendment.
In his Monday statement, Biden called for requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers.
If that is the case, we should also eliminate immunity for manufacturers of knives or cutting instruments, blunt objects like hammers and of course, automobiles.
Which would make no sense at all.
If a drunk driver tragically mows down a pedestrian, is it the car manufacturer’s fault?
Should Ford be held liable because a nut bag drove his Escape down the middle of the Christmas parade in Waukesha, WI, killing six people and injuring dozens of others? The driver’s charges include 61 counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with a dangerous weapon, six counts of hit and run involving death, two counts of felony bail jumping and two counts of domestic abuse.
So clearly Ford is at fault for manufacturing the car in the first place, right?
But we digress. This is about guns.
In his statement, Biden also reviewed his previous gun control efforts, including a “comprehensive plan to reduce gun crime that includes curbing the proliferation of ‘ghost’ guns, cracking down on gun dealers who willfully violate the law, issuing model extreme risk protection order legislation for states, and promoting safe firearm storage.”
And there’s another interesting part of the president’s plan. He says he asking Congress “to pass a budget that provides an additional half billion dollars for proven strategies we know reduce violent crime — accountable community policing and community violence interventions. I have also requested increased funding for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals.”
Wait…remember all that talk about “defund the police?” Oh, that was SO 2020.
Perhaps of greatest concern to law-abiding gun enthusiasts is the shift from just demonizing “assault weapons” to including handguns as well.
After the recent shooting deaths of NYPD officers Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera, Biden referred to the Glock as a “weapon of war” and said he doesn’t see why such a firearm should be allowed to be purchased.
Biden says that a “glock with 40 rounds” is “a weapon of war”— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 3, 2022
“One of the things I was proudest of years ago, when I was in the Senate — I was able to get these weapons and the size of magazines outlawed,” Biden added. “That got changed. It got overruled. But I don’t see any rationale to why there should be such a weapon able to be purchased. It doesn’t violate anybody’s Second Amendment rights to deny that.”
“But anyway, (the NYPD officers’) futures were cut short by a man with a stolen Glock and that 40-round magazine.”
Hm. Maybe we ought to focus a bit more on stopping criminals, or is that too simplistic?
The man who shot the police officers had a past gun charge in North Carolina, a charge for assault on a police officer in Pennsylvania and a felony narcotics charge in New York. And he was on probation at the time of the shooting, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig.
But the problem was the gun, obviously.
We live in a crazy world.