President’s Crime Approach: Gun Control. Rinse. Lather. Repeat.

By Larry Keane

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President Joe Biden seems to be following the only mantra he knows when it comes to confronting America’s rising crime worries: gun control. IMG iStock-484139956

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- President Joe Biden seems to be following the only mantra he knows when it comes to confronting America’s rising crime worries. Go after the Second Amendment and the firearm industry that makes the exercise of the right possible.

Gang violence? More gun control. Spiraling crime? Must need more gun control. Repeat offenders committing crimes within hours of no-bail release? Gun control.

President Biden’s been straw-man blaming the firearm industry for decades, but he went at it in earnest in 2019 when he declared during the Democratic presidential debates, “Our enemy is the gun manufacturers, not the NRA, the gun manufacturers.”

It’s as if The White House’s crime plan is written on the back of a shampoo bottle.

President Biden’s so confident in this idea, he invited police and city leaders to The White House to discuss a “Comprehensive Strategy to Reduce Gun Crimes.”

“While there’s no ‘one-size-fit-all’ approach, we know there are some things that work, and the first of those that work is stemming the flow of firearms used to commit violent crimes,” President Biden said to media gathered at the beginning of the conference. “And it includes cracking down on holding rogue gun dealers accountable for violating the federal law.”

He included additional nebulous and ill-defined agenda items, such as creating strike forces to target illegal gun trafficking, despite the fact they already exist and are perennially underfunded. The president avoided talk of police defunding and instead pushed plans to siphon recovery funds to fill the gaps where city officials abandoned their own citizens and struggling police departments. The third part is to rely on community violence interrupters, without defining who or what that means. Sounds like a new career option for “community organizers.” He’d increase mental health resources and job training. The final part is to give convicts job training.

“And this is going to help prevent crime and support young people to pick up a paycheck instead of a pistol,” President Biden said.

Rinse. Lather. Repeat.

Catching Actual Criminals?

What he didn’t say was how The White House was going to confront criminals preying on innocent Americans. It’s all gun control, all the time. Never the criminal — the actual problem.

Fox News reported the president already launched a “zero tolerance” policy against gun dealers he considers rogue. The president wants to hold firearm retailers that “willfully” transfer a firearm to a prohibited individual accountable. No one wants firearms in the hands of prohibited individuals. That’s why the firearm industry has several partnership programs with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to prevent that under the Real Solutions campaign. It’s an exceedingly rare exception when a firearm retailer abuses a license and the firearm industry wants them to be held accountable.

The White House, however, gave early clues during the campaign that attacking the industry and not the criminal was their goal. During the campaign, the Biden-Harris ticket embraced a policy of using the ATF as a bludgeon against firearm retailers, threatening to yank licenses of retailers and manufacturers for minor clerical errors. The president’s nomination of the gun control lobbyist David Chipman to run the ATF is installing his man to execute that plan.

The Department of Justice’s own studies show retailers are following the law. The Bureau of Justice Statistics studies show that over 90 percent of convicted criminals that used a firearm in their crime obtain them through illicit means, mostly through theft or the black market.

That’s not a “rogue” retailer issue. That’s a criminal issue.

Americans Embrace Guns

Americans agree. A Washington Post poll found that 59 percent of Americans believe crime is a very serious problem. Meanwhile, support for new gun control laws is cratering to record lows, as Newsweek reported earlier this year.

Americans are acting on those convictions. There were 21 million background checks for the sale of a gun last year. Over 8.4 million people, according to NSSF retailer survey estimates, purchased a gun for the first time. Gun sales to African-Americans were up 58 percent. Hispanic-Americans bought guns at a 47 percent increased rate and Asian-Americans bought them at a 43 percent rate higher in 2020 than in 2019. Those trends are continuing.

President Biden’s gun control supporters are echoing his myopic distortion of focusing on eliminating gun rights for those who abide by the law. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told media “We have more guns in this nation than anyone who wrote the Second Amendment could ever have envisioned.”

He rattled off falsehoods about gun sales, claiming that guns are sold over the internet, when in fact, all retail firearm sales must be completed in a face-to-face transaction with an FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) verification. In Sen. Durbin’s home state, there are among the strictest gun control laws, but among the highest crime rates.

Sen. Durbin doesn’t have an excess of guns. He’s got an excess of criminals.

Get Serious

That’s exactly what former Detroit Police Chief James Craig has been saying. Law-abiding gun owners aren’t the problem. It’s criminals run amok and no willingness by the federal, state, or local governments, including George Soros-funded District Attorneys, to take on the hard work of reigning them in.

“We don’t have a gun problem in America. What we have is a criminal problem…criminals don’t follow the law,” Craig said according to a Townhall.com report. “They’re going to get guns, so what do we want to focus on? Getting guns from law-abiding citizens?… it’s not about guns, it’s about criminals who have guns and they don’t get the guns legally. That’s the bottom line.”

Craig explained that the failing policies embraced by President Biden including no-bail policies, allowing police to be scapegoated for political ineptness and “defund the police” policies are emboldening criminals.

Focusing on gun control instead of arresting criminals won’t clean up America’s crime problem. It’s just rinse, lather, repeat.


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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Coelacanth
Coelacanth
11 days ago

The recent shooting of an innocent child in Detroit by a recently discharged inmate who thought he was shooting at a street enemy, brings not a word in the media about the thousands of inmates released due to the Wuhan Virus to prey on society. Recividism numbers aren’t calculated like the old days, so the real numbers are dubious at best. When you see a Michigan shooting, run the perp’s name through “MDOCOTIS” (Michigan Department of Corrections Offender Tracking Information System) to see if he should still be sitting in prison like that animal with a AR-15 in Detroit. The… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
11 days ago

When I read the 2nd amendment I don’t see any “EXCEPT” statements in or about it. That means there should not BE “prohibited individuals”. Like a neighbor two houses down who was caught driving drunk three times and on the third conviction is now a “felon”. The psychopathic control freaks want to keep him from having a gun because he drove drunk. Why not keep him from having a car? Like DUH? And to top it off, his WIFE or SON can’t have a gun in the same house to defend themselves from some crazed criminal WITH A GUN. And… Read more »

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Arny
Arny
10 days ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

I thought the same thing about the founding fathers, till I read about the whiskey rebellion. They opened the Pandora box with that one. http://www.stateoftheunionhistory.com/2016/01/1791-george-washington-whiskey-tax.html

Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull
11 days ago

Joe Biden has sponsored one failure after another and still idiots vote for this clown ? His crime bill should have clued these people of color in , how stupid are you people ? His son Hunter breaks laws daily but Joe thinks its OK but he put many people of color behind bars for years with his crime bill . Get a clue and dump the POS in a nursing home where his corrupt ass belongs .

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
11 days ago

Why bother him he is making the biggest ass out of the left destroying the democrats and everything the cabal has created. I wanna see his Nazi’s chasing democrats down the street with dripping syringes.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
11 days ago

And be sure to put him on a ventilator if he get’s “Covid”. They have a 99% chance of killing him with that. YEAH!!!

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
12 days ago

In a 2–1 vote, the three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that a law Congress passed in 1968 that sets a minimum age of 21 for purchasing handguns violates the Second Amendment. “Looking through this historical lens to the text and structure of the Constitution reveals that 18- to 20-year-olds have Second Amendment rights. Virtually every other constitutional right applies whatever the age. And the Second Amendment is no different,” Judge Julius N. Richardson, appointee of President Donald Trump, wrote in the ruling. “The militia laws in force at the time of ratification uniformly required those 18… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
11 days ago

WOW! Talk about slow at deliberations! Only took them 53 years to figure that one out. Now if they will only get off their asses and deal with the 1934 NFA. Which should be shit canned by any panel of “judges” with two brain cells they can rub together.

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
11 days ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

It was not deliberated at any point in the 53 years. The argument is still an opinion rather than settled law until it hits the US Supreme Court. Vulgarity and name calling are not a substitute for logical or legal argument, much less a holding by the US Supreme Court.. The NFA was created by Congress, not the Courts. It is Constitutional under Article 1, Section 8, which allows regulating interstate commerce. Everything that COULD be sold across State lines has been held to be interstate commerce, even if it does not leave private property under Wickard v. Filburn, 317… Read more »

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
12 days ago

Here’s the anti-gun crowd. Takes less than moldy grey matter to understand why they want the guns.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/07/denver-blm-leader-accused-sexually-abusing-62-children-resumes-duties-school-board/

If we rounded up every pedophile and human trafficker in Colorado we would see a significant drop of free people walking around on the streets. The housing shortage would be fixed. Colorado thrives on this stuff.

Boom
Boom
11 days ago

How do they get elected to begin with?

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
11 days ago
Reply to  Boom

They put each other in power. One gets in then clears the way for the next one. They are a militarized insurgency. Organized crime syndicate aka deep state. This is how those kids end up missing. It’s where the Milk Carton Kids go and people accept this because they are indoctrinated to be obedient sheep. That’s why they fall so easily for the Covid scam, it’s in their training to do as they are told. There will some push back on this guy at least to some extent then he will go down hard, likely for life to one hundred… Read more »

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CourageousLion
CourageousLion
11 days ago

Gee…maybe one of the victims parents should visit him from, oh say, 200 yards.

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
11 days ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Deadly force is justified only when undertaken to prevent imminent and otherwise unavoidable danger of death or grave bodily harm to the innocent. 

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
11 days ago
Reply to  Boom

You vote for them after those in power pick the candidates. Now, they even count the votes. Mao and Stalin were thugs before I could speak, but they said a few things that pass as truth. First, Mao said, “Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Second, Stalin said, “I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how” Only those who control the guns have a vote and only those who vote have a gun.… Read more »

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
11 days ago

Less than 1% of the population are criminals. Locking them all up would not be noticed on the streets, but it would require quadrupling the size of the prisons. I constantly had to remind myself of that once I left the parking lot of the institution where I worked. Otherwise, you start treating everyone as a convict.

The “anti-gun” crowd have been deluded into assuming individuals only have privileges and immunities given by government. They assume the needs of society are prime, not individual rights. That is the central principle of compulsive collectivists, including every Marxist, Fascist, or Socialist republic.