Odds are Biden gun control agenda will receive Republican support

Biden gun control agenda

This past weekend (February 14) was the third anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings, and to commemorate the event, Joe Biden called on Congress to “enact commonsense gun law reforms.” Of course, Republicans and so-called conservatives will try to turn this into another game of “gotcha” to attack Democrats, but the sad reality is that Biden’s gun control agenda will receive an abundance of Republican support.

Biden recognized the tragic event with a statement declaring that his administration “will not wait” for another mass shooting like the Parkland, Florida tragedy to happen before taking action.

“For three years now, the Parkland families have spent birthdays and holidays without their loved ones. They’ve missed out on the experience of sending their children off to college or seeing them on their first job after high school. Like far too many families, they’ve had to bury pieces of their soul deep within the Earth. Like far too many families — and, indeed, like our nation — they’ve been left to wonder whether things would ever be okay.

“Over these three years, the Parkland families have taught all of us something profound. Time and again, they have showed us how we can turn our grief into purpose — to march, organize, and build a strong, inclusive, and durable movement for change.

“Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.

“We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.”

According to a recent Gallup Poll, support for new gun control laws is at its lowest level since 2016, but that isn’t stopping the Biden Administration from reaching out to a plethora of anti-gun groups to create a little momentum.

Biden’s head of the Domestic Policy Council, Susan Rice — who last year called for creating a national gun registry, gun buybacks, and gun bans in an interview with Moms Demand Action and Everytown For Gun Safety — and Biden senior advisor Cedric Richmond recently held a virtual meeting with representatives from Brady, Giffords, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Moms Demand Action. According to officials, Rice and Richmond indicated that Biden was ready and willing to use multiple avenues to try to curb gun violence, including executive action.

“I think everything is on the table. I think the White House is certainly supportive of Congress doing their part. I think there are things we’d like to see happen through legislation. … But certainly there is a role for executive action,” said Adzi Vokhiwa, director of federal affairs at Giffords.

When it comes to extreme and unconstitutional gun control laws, Democrats are usually first in line to find ways to destroy the Second Amendment. But next in that line is long list of Republicans who want to help them.

Now, before you start telling me how wrong I am about this, let me remind you that over the past four years, Trump and the GOP adopted most, if not all, of the Far-Left’s gun control agenda.

For example, following the Orlando, Florida nightclub shooting in June of 2016, then-candidate Trump announced his intention to look for new ways to keep certain people from legally purchasing a firearm.

Just like Biden is using the Florida school shooting to launch his gun control agenda, Trump used the tragedy in 2018 to push a bucket list of Democrat-friendly anti-gun measures, such as raising the age to 21 to buy a rifle, expanding background checks, and banning bump stocks “with or without” Congress — he decided to do it without Congress in December 2018 with the stroke of his pen ala Barack Obama.

In a “bipartisan” meeting held at the White House after the Florida shooting to discuss gun control, Trump responded to a suggestion that due process rights needed to be protected by saying police should be able to take guns “whether they have the right, or not.” He further stated the government should always “take the guns first, go through due process second.”

It was about this time that Trumpist and other faux conservative Republicans decided that seizing guns without due process — a violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments — on the national level was a great idea. Using the Parkland High School tragedy as an excuse, a Constitution-shredding law known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order (aka ERPO or red flag law) started getting its legs.

Red flag laws allowed citizens to anonymously petition a judge for an order giving police the authority to seize all firearms from people deemed a threat to themselves or others … by force if necessary. No warrant. No arrest. No charges.

Parkland was the motivation used by Sen. Linsey Graham to co-sponsored a bill with Sen. Richard Blumenthal that gave the federal courts jurisdiction over the states to seize guns. And in 2019, Graham adopted red flag legislation proposed by Sen. Marco Rubio to enforce the gun control agenda. Had it become law, the bill known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act would have used taxpayer money to bribe states to pass ERPO laws of their own. In other words, pass a red flag law, get a government check!

By the way, Ivanka Trump was a big fan of Lindsey’s red flag law.

2019 is also when Marco Rubio teamed up with Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to co-sponsor the Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety Act of 2019 (TAPS Act), a bill I refer to as red flag laws on steroids. Rubio’s TAPS Act would encourage law enforcement to give EVERYONE a personal threat assessment (adults and children) and single out those they deem as future threats. That information would then be used as a pre-crime excuse to “stop dangerous individuals before they can commit an act of violence.”

It’s tempting to erroneously dismiss Joe Biden and his gun control agenda as just another example of Far-Left extremism because Republicans will oppose it even though history tells us they will support it. Instead, we need to let it remind us of how dangerously close we are to the loss of liberty and the destruction of our once-great Republic.

It should also motivate us to prepare to do what we must to defend our God-given rights against the tyrants out to destroy them.


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