President Biden’s Misfire on ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban ~ VIDEO

By Larry Keane

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- President Joe Biden ran on being a “listener,” and bringing “unity” and “healing” to America. He’s not listening though. His tone-deaf call for increased gun control – including an “assault weapons” ban — comes in the midst of a record-breaking firearm and ammunition buying surge and record low public appetite for gun control.

Instead of listening to voters, President Biden ignored them and is calling to ban the AR-15, or modern sporting rifle (MSR), and in doing so he’ll infringe the constitutional rights of millions of Americans.

21 Million Background Checks and Counting

Last year was historic for Americans buying firearms. They voted for the Second Amendment with their wallets at the gun retail counter. Of the more than 21 million background checks completed for a firearm sale, retailers estimated over 8.4 million were first-time buyers. That’s not slowing in 2021. Data shows modern sporting rifles (MSRs) continue to be America’s most popular-selling centerfire rifle.

Even before the buying surge, NSSF reported that over 20 million MSRs are in circulation, being used daily for lawful purposes. These are clearly commonly-owned firearms and their popularity is clearly growing.

Dark Storm Industries produces their own MSR, the DS-15 Typhoon. The New York-based company ramped up production to meet skyrocketing demand. DSI co-owner Ed Newman explained it succinctly.

“People are scared with the coronavirus and then the potential long-term implications of that,” Newman said. “The defund the police movement, as well as the riots that we saw breaking out in certain cities, have caused people, even the most skeptical, to all of a sudden be concerned for the safety of their family.”

DSI is a small manufacturer that put up big numbers in 2020. The company normally produces 2,000-2,500 MSRs annually. In 2020, that number was closer to 10,000. Production and sales figures are similar across MSR manufacturers and correlate to one-out-of-five firearms in America sold being an MSR.

Megan Hill, 26 of Utah, did her research and explained why she pulled the trigger on buying an MSR. “We looked at the AR-15, and it was all in one package. You can target-shoot with it, protect yourself with it, hunt with it. Luckily we haven’t had to use it in self-defense, but it’s a comfort knowing that it’s there to protect my children and my family.”

Those sentiments are common among buyers.

Assault Weapons Ban 2.0

President Biden isn’t a stranger to a so-called “assault weapons” ban. As then-Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, President Biden ushered through the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. That ban expired in 2004 and didn’t work. NSSF data shows the ban had no effect on the reduction of crime.

Fast forward 25 years to when he campaigned for his present office, President Biden didn’t let facts get in the way of his bogeyman scare tactics. He campaigned with a gun control plank of banning MSRs and continued to knowingly misidentify them as so-called “assault rifles” and “weapons of war” despite the fact that MSRs operate on the same semiautomatic firing technology as common handguns and some shotguns. The technology was introduced in the late 1800s and appeared on store shelves starting in 1903. The Colt Sporter, an early version of the AR-15, was sold commercially in the early 1960s.

President Biden would wipe out that history and cancel the culture of responsible firearm ownership if left to his own devices.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper questioned the president on the campaign trail in 2019, asking “To gun owners out there who say a Biden administration means they’re going to come for my guns…” “Bingo!” President Biden interrupted. “You’re right, if you have an assault weapon … The fact of the matter is they should be illegal. Period.”

President Biden even teased of installing former U.S. Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke as his gun-grabbing czar to lead the effort on a national MSR registry and confiscation scheme. That “mandatory buyback” plan would force MSR owners to face “consequences” if they didn’t comply and allow the U.S. government to use several billions of taxpayer dollars to seize lawfully-owned firearms.

With President Biden’s announcement this week of his gun control plan that includes an MSR ban, that would mean nearly 20 million MSR-owning Americans would become criminals. That doesn’t sound like “unifying the country,” especially when millions of those MSR owners are in communities where law enforcement budgets had been cut, leading to spikes in crime.

Real Solutions

Even with a threatened MSR ban on the horizon, voters still made their voices heard loud and clear and rejected more state and local-level gun control. Multi-million dollar efforts by gun control groups, led by antigun billionaire Michael Bloomberg, failed in almost every regard. Americans overwhelmingly voted with their wallets to exercise their Second Amendment rights, including purchasing MSRs.

Instead of faulty gun control schemes like banning the MSR, the firearm industry will continue promoting Real Solutions to reduce unintended and criminal misuse of firearms. President Biden should listen to the American people on this issue too.


About The National Shooting Sports Foundation

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations, and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org

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StLPro2A
StLPro2A
8 months ago

Politicians with a law never stop a bad guy with a gun. They only control the good guys, which is their true agenda. Politicians merely want to protect their tyrannical asses from American Patriots implementing the 2A for the intended purpose which our Founding Fathers gave us the 2A. The new agenda for humanity requires that no one will have the capacity to fight back. It has been said: “Our Task of creating a Socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.” No other explanation is possible. History has repeatedly demonstrated that disarming… Read more »

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buzzsaw
buzzsaw
8 months ago

How about NSSF members band together and refuse to sell to any government that which is forbidden to the citizens of that jurisdiction?

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
8 months ago

How does ANYONE actually know how many MSR’s are in existence? Why with the 80% receivers that are being bought and built alone could be 20 million. WHO KNOWS? I bet it IS way more then they think. I have a friend who was buying ZTR tactical 80’s at 10 or 20 at a time and taking them to gun shows and selling them for TWICE what he paid for them and would sell out in the first hour of being there. The last time I talked to him he said he had been through something like 200 of them… Read more »

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
8 months ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Don’t waste your time looking, they don’t have any 80s in stock. They do have stamped blocks but you would need a CNC to finish them.

pureamericana
pureamericana
8 months ago

Mr. 10% is just a name and a pen. He is doing as told from a very radical unAmerican nest of D.C. fixtures from the Clinton and Obama disgraced tenures. He is being advised to stir up the boiling caldron now brewing across America. Many believe he is to be used up and blamed for the chaos and destruction he is carrying out. Going after law abiding, good American citizens and their rights is a very dangerous idea. Thus we see 5K + armed National Guard fortifying D.C . These radicals know full well their evil intentions will not be… Read more »

nod
nod
8 months ago

Just say no to Joe. Pretty simple really…

nrringlee
nrringlee
8 months ago

Took one of my students to the gun store yesterday. Helped her select a new AR-15 carbine. She bought her first AR. No background check. Arizona CCW. Cash and carry. No waiting period. So make that 20,000,001 Modern Sporting Rifles in the hands of patriots. “In common usage……………” That is a difficult concept for Slow Joe to comprehend.

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uncle dudley
uncle dudley
8 months ago

I don’t believe anything coming out of Biden’s mouth as his idea as I don’t believe he is capable of forming any idea’s, I think he is parroting something he has been told by anti-gun advisors or he reads it off a teleprompter.
How so many people supposedly voted for him is beyond belief.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
8 months ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

He can read?

Happy Everafter
Happy Everafter
8 months ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

With an earwig and a mask he can parrot, until he takes his nap – then the mask hides his mouth, and they just hit rewind and the voice-over continues….

tetejaun
tetejaun
8 months ago

Any “assault weapon ban” would be impossible to enforce except at the manufacturer. Not to mention that the ‘ban’ would be in direct contravention to the Constitution’s Second Amendment. The right to LIFE, or self defense, is an inalienable Right that existed long before the People created a servant government. In America, there was a time when a man could go to the hardware store and buy a Thompson SMG, no paperwork, nothing. But, after Congress mistreated the returning WW1 veterans, the Congress feared, literally, for its life. So, they created the NFA, or, a means to control and deny… Read more »

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nrringlee
nrringlee
8 months ago
Reply to  tetejaun

Yes, and thank goodness or borders and ports are so well controlled that drugs, illegal aliens, anti aircraft missiles and other dangerous things can never get in to this country by the nefarious work of international criminal and terror cartels. Biden just gave border security a shot in the arm…………errr……………. a shot in the head.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
8 months ago
Reply to  tetejaun

Fraud is fraud and by coercing someone into a fraudulent “contract” while underage to sign such contract or by being numbered due to the ignorance of the parents still makes it FRAUD. I’m not the property of ANYONE. Anyone who thinks I am will find a 500 S&W slug in their head or what will be left of it. And yes, I might die if I do that, but I promise to take as many of these bastards with me that I can. They can KMA

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
8 months ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Why do you always talk out of fear?