Politically Speaking – April 13, 2021
Biden unveiled new gun executive orders last Thursday. The announcement came amid a couple of high profile shootings. Among some of the actions Biden took was:
• Directing the Department of Justice to begin, within 30 days, the process of requiring buyers of so-called ghost guns (homemade or makeshift firearms that lack serial numbers) to undergo background checks, and within 60 days regulating concealed assault-style firearms, according to the White House.
Biden will also direct the DOJ to provide courts, within 60 days, with proposed red flag legislation that would permit them to order removal of firearms from a person who may be dangerous to themselves or others. (I wonder who will make this determination.) Biden will also direct five federal agencies to redirect money to help prevent community violence. The Department of Health & Human Services will help teach states how they can use Medicaid dollars for gun violence prevention.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, stated that they will “carefully review” Biden’s actions, and assured the public that where Biden exceeds his legal and lawful authority, the NSSF will take all appropriate steps to protect the industry and Second Amendment rights of their customers.
Opposing Biden has not just come from gun rights advocates but also from groups advocating for gun restrictions as well. A recent poll found that 57% of Americans disapprove of the way Biden has handled gun violence as President with opposition from Republicans and Democrats; 42% approve… and slipping daily.
Biden’s announcement came while gun sales are at an all time high.
Needless to say, in my opinion, it is not the legal, honest citizens of this country that are the problem; it’s the criminals. And trust, those people will have no trouble getting a gun. I’m an advocate for the Second Amendment. On the subject:
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
— Thomas Jefferson
On to the southern border wall. After facing the worst crisis at the border in at least 20 years, and possibly ever, the Biden Administration may — I repeat may — restart building some of the wall along the southern border despite Biden’s pledge to cease construction.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has been reported as telling colleagues that some construction might resume along the border to plug some “gaps,” as reported by the Washington Times last Monday. Time will tell.
At this point I would say it’s too little too late. And what has Harris done as the new border czar? Absolutely nothing. It’s been noted she hasn’t even gone to the border.
What I find interesting is Joe Biden once said a fence was needed to stop “tons” of drugs from Mexico.
Personally I can’t see one thing the Biden Administration has done to help the average American citizen. But I’m open to looking for something, anything positive the current administration has done.
Prior to press, it was reported that Biden will be lifting sanctions on Iran. My question is how many?
Until next week.