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A noted gun control opponent and expert on the Second Amendment says President Joe Biden is engaged in an unprecedented “four-prong” attack on firearms ownership and is only getting started in his efforts to undercut the fundamental right.
“It’s a four-prong attack against firearms ownership in the country,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the venerable Second Amendment Foundation, in a recent interview with Townhall media.
“One is universal background check is really a universal registration system. Second is banning of assault weapons and then defining assault weapons as almost any semi-automatic firearm. Third is banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, you know, again, hurts people twice for self-defense in our country, and then attacking the firearms industry so that any criminal that goes out and misuses a gun, the gun manufacturer can be sued for it, it’s going to put the industry out of business and nobody can buy a gun,” Gottlieb said.
“And that’s just what he wants legislatively,” he added. “That’s not even what he’s talking about on executive orders. There’s a lot more of those coming to and appearing, some might be coming down the pike pretty soon.”
His observations come on the heels of statements made by the president and his administration this week, beginning with Biden’s statements on Sunday, the third anniversary of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High shootings in Parkland, Fla.
“For three years now, the Parkland families have spent birthdays and holidays without their loved ones. Over these three years, the Parkland families have taught all of us something profound. Time and again, they have shown us how we can turn our grief into purpose — to march, organize, and build a strong, inclusive, and durable movement for change,” Biden said.
He went on to warn his administration “will not wait” for another mass shooting before it will act.
“Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets,” Biden said.
“We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change,” he added. “The time to act is now.”
The devil, as they say, is always in the details.
Biden’s use of the term “assault weapons” is, of course, a reference to popular sporting AR- and AK semi-automatic, as well as other military look-alike weapons.
And in the past, “high capacity” has meant any magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, though it’s never been clear if there is any scientific data suggesting that 10 rounds or less are more than adequate to defend oneself.
“We will enact these and other lifesaving bills and deliver the progress that the Parkland community and the American people deserve and demand,” Biden added.
In a follow-up press conference, White House press secretary Jen Psaki strongly suggested that the president would consider executive actions if Congress could not pass any legislation.
In response to a question on the issue, Psaki explained that Biden will consider a “range of actions at his disposal” including legislation and executive orders, and “hasn’t ruled out either of those options.”