ANCHORAGE DAILY PLANET
Heaven help us all. The Biden administration is beginning its drive for the “common sense” gun control he threatened during the election.
The centerpiece for the effort is the heady notion of expanded, universal background checks, something that sounds good, but any rational person knows would have absolutely no affect on gun violence.
The idea is to curb private sales of firearms, channeling those sales, instead, through licensed dealers so buyers would be subject to the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
But what about the millions of firearms already in circulation? Gee, gun control backers will say, to make background checks work we must have registration of firearms. And registration, no matter what anybody says, is the first step toward mandatory buyback or confiscation, something several Democrats were promising during the elections.
So it begins. The Biden administration, according to the Wall Street Journal, has started outreach to gun control advocates.
Activists, the newspaper says, are pushing for legislation, including expanded background checks and items Biden could pursue without the closely divided Congress – read, executive orders – including appointing a senior aide tasked with gun-policy oversight and pursuing stricter enforcement of existing rules.
Biden during the campaign pledged to ban AR-15 style firearms and seek background check legislation. Biden, instrumental in passage of the failed Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, also supports mandatory buy-back programs. The vice president, Kamala Harris, wants to use executive orders to accomplish the administration’s goals if Congress does not act within 100 days.
This administration is perhaps the most anti-gun in this nation’s history and presents a serious and determined threat to Americans’ Second Amendment rights and their very freedoms.
Make no mistake, when the Second Amendment is gutted, the rest of the Constitution will not be worth the paper it is written on.