Responding to Texas Incident, Biden Admits Gun Control Didn’t Work

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USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Regardless of the ultimate source of the handgun carried by now-deceased Colleyville, Texas synagogue hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram, a remark by Joe Biden in the aftermath was an acknowledgment that gun control laws he and others have advocated do not keep guns out of the wrong hands.

Responding to questions from reporters, Biden admitted, “The idea of background checks are critical, but you can’t stop something like this if someone’s on the streets buying something from somebody else on the streets.”

It may have been a rare moment of candor from the Delaware Democrat, who has spent his career in Washington, D.C. pushing various gun control schemes. For Biden to acknowledge people with bad intentions will somehow obtain firearms through illicit means is news that does not follow the narrative. Perhaps that is why not all news agencies reported it. But enough of them did.

Akram was a British citizen. He took four hostages at the Congregation Beth Israel, allegedly claiming he had a bomb, though none was reportedly found. He did have a pistol, however, and Biden told reporters, “Allegedly – I don’t have all the facts, nor does the attorney general – but allegedly the assertion was he got the weapons on the street.”

Still, the president insisted background checks are “critical.” And, according to Reuters, he also quickly fell back on popular rhetoric asserting, “And it’s because of the failure of us to focus as hard as we should and as consistent as we should on gun purchases, gun sales, ghost guns, and a whole range of things that I’m trying to do.”

But none of that would have prevented Akram from having the gun if he bought it “on the street.”

Much is already known about Akram. Published reports say a man identifying himself as the dead man’s brother asserted on Facebook that Akram “had suffered from mental health problems.” He allegedly took hostages in an effort to gain the freedom of a convicted female terrorist, Aafia Siddiqui. She is a Pakistani neuroscientist who was arrested and imprisoned more than a decade ago. She is known as “Lady Al-Qaeda” and was convicted of attempting to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Akram was fatally shot after law enforcement entered the synagogue after the hostages were able to escape. Video showed the suspect briefly in a doorway, apparently holding the handgun after the hostages escaped. This followed a standoff Saturday night that continued for several hours.

Biden and other gun control proponents put considerable emphasis on background checks as a way to prevent criminals from getting guns. The Texas incident and Biden’s own words illustrate how that doesn’t work, and has not worked in places such as Chicago, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and elsewhere that murder rates have spiked in the past two years since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to defund police agencies and reduce police manpower following the death of George Floyd in 2020.

The embarrassing truth is that criminals do not go through background checks, and they do not obtain firearms by any means that would require a background check.

According to Fox News, police in Great Britain have arrested two teens in connection with the Texas incident, but there has been scant information about how they may be connected.

There is no small irony in Biden’s weekend remarks, considering a White House Briefing Room “Fact Sheet” released last month just before the holidays, detailing the president’s gun control efforts in 2021. Biden’s efforts, according to the statement, included work on so-called “red flag” legislation, promotion of “safe storage,” the launch of a “multijurisdictional firearms trafficking strike force,” and all sorts of other stuff, none of which prevented Akram from obtaining a gun. The origin of the pistol will doubtless be revealed shortly.

By no small coincidence, so-called “smart guns” are back in the news, and it may be only a matter of time before anti-gunners suggest that if such “single-user” firearms were mandated, the Colleyville incident might not have occurred.

According to The Hill, a company called LodeStar is planning to introduce a 9mm pistol dubbed the LS9 sometime later this year. The report said this pistol “incorporates fingerprint or face technology, radio frequency identification (RFID) and a PIN pad embedded in the grip.”

Such efforts have so far not fared well in the public marketplace, where gun buyers want firearms that will work first time every time. In an emergency, there is no room for failure.


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Big George

…”that gun control laws he and others have advocated do not keep guns out of the wrong hands”...DUH?! Joey Bitme had an epiphany! Oh, I gotta run…POTUS (piece of total useless s__t) is giving his bumbling ‘speech’!

Deplorable Bill

Maybe……….!

Arm up and carry on

musicman44mag

Dear Dave. When you mention murder rates spiking, homelessness or drug use increasing, please remember to include Portlandia OreGONE because we have it here too and we need all of the other states to recognize what a piece of crap northwest OreGONE has become so they don’t move here. In addition to the request posted above, I would like the police and government to test the fingerprint or face recognition, RFID and PIN pad guns for about 10 years first to get all the bugs out. If there aren’t any problems with not being able to arm your weapon and… Read more »

musicman44mag

Lol, made my day. Someone gave you a down vote, but I fixed that problem. Have a great day.

Wild Bill

Someone gave you, both, down votes. I bet that you can guess who. I tried to fix them, but only had one up vote impact.

musicman44mag

Lol, at least we know that they actually read something intelligent today but as usual, they don’t have the intelligence to comprehend what was said. Take care. It will be a few before they get back and down vote this because their master is lying on TV right now and they must suck up the cool aid he spews.

Wild Bill

I turned on the TV to check the weather before I began to feed the critters; saw old brainless making a speech; and turned it off, again.

Russn8r

One of your sock chimps?

Russn8r

Another of Agent WB’s puppet-posse beatdowns.

Wildman

Under the Big Guy, it seems that “legal” immigrant criminals do not undergo proper background checks…

Russn8r

That was true under Bush too. Imported a huge number of terror sympathizers & worse.

Tionico

Oh but don’t you KNOWWWW??!!?? Their ordeal and suffering endured as they made the tough trek accross the desert to GET here is background check enough.

Wild Bill

Most humorous.

GomeznSA

Tio – that likely worked for ilhanomar didn’t it? I have seen NO evidence that she was properly vetted………………..

musicman44mag

Why hasn’t she been removed because of fraud marring her brother and her words alone against our government should be enough to. She hates Israel and praises Palestine and muslims. Isn’t that enough to show we have a terrorist in congress?

OreGONE

Wass

Don’t expect the sudden display of reasoning on the part of Biden to indicate a change of deeply imbedded philosophy. It was an admission done inadvertently and, if anything, will signal to Biden and his handlers to handle him better. Hypocrisy is a consistency of the Left and Dems, since attaining and keeping political power has been their raison d’ettre for the past five decades.

Wild Bill

Yep, just another Biden gaff. Oblabla warned Biden’s handlers not to underestimate Biden’s ability to F things up.

GomeznSA

Wass – I put his accurate comment firmly in the captain obvious zone. After all a brit couldn’t just go down to the local FFL and legally buy any gun, much less a handgun, even here in wild west Texas. 😉

Raconteur

“But to ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the innocent and law-abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless, and that the law will permit them to have only such rights and liberties as the lawless will allow; for society does not control crime, ever, by forcing the law-abiding to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of criminals. Society controls crime by forcing the criminals to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of the law-abiding.”   Jeffrey R. Snyder, 1994

Arizona Don

There is little doubt constitutional carry should be a nation wide law. A ban or restrictive gun law(s) on any gun has “never” reduced crime if anything it has increased crime. For anyone who does not yet understand that those kinds of laws take guns out of ONLY law abiding citizens hands but not the criminals (outlaws) hands. The very people who are always the victims. People who do not obey laws will not start obeying them just because they are gun laws passed by the federal legislature and signed into law by a president. Any president! That also holds true for state governments as… Read more »

Montana454Casull

Braindead ilegitiment clownshow Joe Biden can’t remember what he said 5 minutes ago let alone his position on lawbiding citizens gun rights and criminals possessing ilegal guns . Let’s go Brandon #FJB

DDS

Whether not not you judge gun control to be a success or failure would depend on your understanding of what gun control is/was intended to accomplish. The overwhelming majority of crimes committed with firearms in the USA involve handguns in the urban cores of the Big Blue Cities. Yet handguns (with the exception of some recent attention paid to “ghost guns”) are all but ignored. Instead, the attention of the Left is still focused on so called “assault weapons”,because a 1994 white paper said they were not popular or in widespread use, and therefore were a class of firearms which… Read more »

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Wild Bill

Good discussion points. Infuriating info at the link to our enemies site.

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Dr. Strangelove

Democrat policy is to double down on failed initiatives.

ras52

The first picture at the top shows the face of an idiot.

macdog

He belongs in a memory care unit, perhaps Guantanamo among friends

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ras52

For sure!

Henry Bowman

Nothing says “stuck on stupid” like admitting that gun control didn’t work right before you demand that more gun control be implemented…

Raconteur

Gonna borrow that one!

Henry Bowman

I don’t mind if you do! They’re meant to be shared!

Deplorable Bill

A lot like the nuclear genie, there is no getting firearms back in the bottle. The more “they” try the worse it gets. People have been killing each other since Cain murdered his brother Able. Cain used a rock so the tool doesn’t matter. For the record, when the turks could not shoot us they would try to run us over. The fact this guy had a hand gun is meaningless. It’s mindset. Is it OK with you to murder anyone who won’t go to your masque? How about if you want a terrorist freed from jail? What if someone… Read more »

Tionico

Yup. Its NEVER the hardware, its ALWAYS the software.
By the bye, the bible never identifies the tool Cain used to murder his brother bel. But we DO now the perpetrator is the “article” that was bnished, NOT the device he used to ccomlish his evil. God ALWAYS puts such things down as a matter of the HEART. The means is always a big fat nothingburger, irrelevant.

Green Mtn. Boy

Responding to Texas Incident, Biden Admits Gun Control Didn’t WorkNeither does he being braindead, Let’s Go Brandon !

Wild Bill

You are a good egg, Dave!

Tionico

David has been a bit scarce this ast few days but he is still posting regularly. I suspect he’s taking a bit of family time, and has some projects in the hopper. We saw one of them late last week.