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Biden Begins His Push for Gun Control

Posted by William Kirk, Partner | Feb 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Last Sunday, President Biden used the three-year anniversary of the criminal attack in Parkland, Florida to call "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.

However, many in the Second Amendment community argue that there is nothing “commonsense” about restricting the rights of law-abiding Americans in the hope that just one more law will be the thing to stop a determined criminal. Requiring “universal” background checks would not reduce crime (as argued by the NRA here), but it would also make criminals out of law-abiding gun owners. Targeting “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines” would eliminate some of the most popular firearms that law-abiding Americans choose to defend themselves and their families, despite the fact that these firearms are rarely used in crime. And, eliminating the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act could completely destroy the right to keep and bear arms.

Biden's Sunday statement marks the administration's first official push for gun control. However, his position, as well as many of those politically aligned with him, have continuously called for the removal of Second Amendment protections afforded American citizens.  

During his campaign, the gun policy page of the Biden campaign site listed a laundry list of potential Second Amendment infringements.  Then there was the unhinged attack on the pro-Second Amendment auto worker last year.  President Biden has continuously bragged about "taking on the NRA" and during the primary season, used gun-confiscation extraordinaire Beto O'Rourke to promise his supporters that we would take guns away from Americans.  

The White House's announcement was also unsurprising as it came only days after meeting with gun control groups. Many of these groups seem desperate for gun control to remain in the spotlight given America's new found love of their Second Amendment Rights following a year long pandemic and a summer of unrest and police defunding.  With an estimated 7-9 million new gun owners in America than a year ago, one wonders if gun control groups really have a large audience anymore. 

Yet, despite the repeated rejection of anti-gun policies by the American people, the Biden Administration had decided to forge ahead with these unpopular and unconstitutional policies. Now it's more important than ever for all gun owners to be informed and engaged in the legislative process. Contact your legislator today and politely tell them that any legislation which infringes upon a right which "shall not be infringed" is unacceptable and unconstitutional.  

About the Author

William Kirk, Partner

Bill Kirk has been named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics Magazine every year since 2003. He currently serves on the Board of Regents to the National College for DUI Defense and is the President of the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice. Bill is one of only two attorneys in this state to pass the National College's Board Certification Exam.

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