Biden’s gun talk strong on partisan talking points, weak on viable solutions


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On Thursday night, President Joe Biden took to the airwaves to push once again for a comprehensive national gun control strategy. Under the amorphous charge of “do something,” he offered several more or less relevant solutions to the recent high-profile shootings in Tulsa, Uvalde and Buffalo. Unfortunately, as the nation collectively mourns the senseless loss of life suffered in these and other shootings, the ideas offered were more partisan exhortations than practical solutions.

This isn’t the first time Biden has taken on the role of championing “common sense gun control.” In 1994, the then-Senator took over the House’s efforts on the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, also known as the “Crime Bill”.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the recent White House mass shootings on June 02, 2022 in Washington, DC

Among other provisions, the bill prohibited the production of certain semi-automatic firearms — “assault weapons” — based on essentially cosmetic characteristics that have no bearing on the mechanical function or lethality of the weapon. armed. In the period since the 10-year end of the ‘assault weapons ban’ provision of the Crime Bill, there has been no corresponding increase in gun crime. , just as there was no suppression effect during the duration of the ban.

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While the president hasn’t gone into detail about what an “assault weapons ban” would include, he has repeatedly suggested repealing the gun industry’s “liability shield,” a misleading talking point arising from the Protection of the Lawful Arms Trade Act 2005. The legislation stated that manufactured firearms are not subject to vicarious liability when their products are misused in criminal activities.

Almost all industries are protected in canon from frivolous lawsuits when their wares are used for harm, such as the manufacturer of the sport utility vehicle used in Waukesha would not face harm for the harm that was done. Yet gun manufacturers, like every other industry, are subject to civil judgments covering a myriad of business issues.

He went on to suggest that the national age for buying a gun be changed from 18 to 21. While this may have inconvenienced the attacker in the Uvalde shootout – although with 78 minutes the shooter could have exacted a similar toll with a bowie knife – it begs the question: “should rights be limited by what a tiny minority does to abuse it?”

A police officer comforts family members at a memorial outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Thursday, May 26.

A police officer comforts family members at a memorial outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Thursday, May 26.
(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Should we restrict the deductible in the same way? If so, then Congress should begin a debate on the age qualification of the Second Amendment, much like it was done in the 26th Amendment.

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President Biden has mentioned “safe storage” and “red flag laws,” seemingly moderate proposals that the vast majority of Americans could conceivably support. After all, no one wants the wrong people – whether they’re people too young to use a gun properly, or people with a mental illness that can lead to that gun being used for malicious purposes. – have an instrument that can be fatal when misused. Unfortunately, these proposals rarely produce the desired results for which they are enacted, let alone the multiple constitutional problems that accompany them.

Images of AR-15 rifles

Images of AR-15 rifles
(AP)

Biden (and more specifically his team) has often boasted that he has “beaten the gun lobby in the past”. While he certainly prevailed against the National Rifle Association on issues the organization opposed, raising the specter of the “gun lobby” falsely suggests there is a dark blood pact cabal.

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In reality, the “gun lobby” is only a handful of organizations that disagree, even though millions and millions of members support it. That don’t mean nothing about how guns industry has its own separate trade group in the form of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Simply put, the “gun lobby” is a handy boogeyman for the millions of law-abiding citizens who use and store their guns responsibly. Imposing restrictions on this population will not make anyone safer and will serve to further polarize the debate on gun violence.

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The loss of friends, family and neighbors suffered in Uvalde, Buffalo and each of these horrific mass shooting events compels us to have sober, good faith conversations about what could have been done to prevent these tragedies.

People pay their respects in front of the scene of a supermarket shooting in Buffalo, NY on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

People pay their respects in front of the scene of a supermarket shooting in Buffalo, NY on Sunday, May 15, 2022.
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Real solutions, ones that punish those who commit wrongdoing, such as those who commit gun violence or lie about background checks, would go a long way in tackling the delinquent population.

The rehash policies that make millions of gun owners criminals won’t.


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