Joe Biden
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By Larry Keane

Those hawking gun control like an infomercial pitchman can’t understand why no one wants what they’re selling. It’s like snake oil. From President Joe Biden to Congressional Democrats, they claim it will cure everything from freckles to skyrocketing crime rates.

What they’re really trying to sell is the failed ideas in a recycled glass bottle covered with a new label. Americans know this and they’re turning up their noses at the cure-all con.

Newsweek reported the Pew Research Center ranked support for gun control lower now than it was in 2019. When the think tank asked Americans in 2019 if they supported stricter gun control, 60 percent said yes. Today, it dropped seven percentage points. Just 53 percent said they would support them today, even as Democrats in Congress shout for gun control and President Biden pitches fraudulent claims about gun sales from the White House.

The Nose Knows

President Biden was caught by The Washington Post selling his own gun control snake oil. He claimed in his remarks standing next to Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga that gun control was a forgone conclusion by even the gun-owning American community.

“The folks who own weapons, the folks who own guns, they support universal background checks,” President Biden claimed. “The majority of them think we should not be selling assault weapons.”

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Merrick Garland
President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks about gun control in the Rose Garden at the White House. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Setting aside the president’s purposeful conflation of automatic firearms for semiautomatic rifles, The Washington Post awarded the president “Two Pinocchios.” That’s on top of getting fact-checked by Politifact for falsely claiming guns are sold without background checks at gun shows during a White House Rose Garden address. He was also caught exaggerating claims about the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) in the same event.

“The White House could not point to a poll that supported the claim, while a recent Post poll found a narrow majority opposed it,” the Post reported.

Colion Noir, a Second Amendment advocate took apart the myth of 90 percent of Americans supporting universal background checks.

 

“The 90 percent of Americans support universal background checks line is a shaming tactic designed to artificially manufacture groupthink,” Noir said. He pointed out the line was used in 2013 to push the gun control agenda, only to have it fail.

Noir more recently pointed out the most recent attempt, H.R. 8, passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a near party-line vote of 227-203, nowhere close to 90 percent. It was also much narrower than the 50-vote margin the same bill passed the House in 2019.

Since Congress represents America, it’s clear something is amiss.

Call the Doctor

That must be why gun control advocates are turning to Dr. Anthony Fauci. America’s leading expert on COVID-19 and Director of the National Institute for Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and current Chief Medical Advisor to the President.

Dr. Anthony Fauci
Dr. Anthony Fauci (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

He’s also now the highest-paid public employee calling the criminal misuse of firearms a “public health issue.”

“You know, myself, as a public health person, I think you can’t run away from that,” Dr. Fauci told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”

It’s undeniable that serious attention must be given to mental health. His assertion that crime can be solved through vaccination is absurd. Given the national stage that Dr. Fauci is commanding on COVID-19, it’s not a far stretch for the White House to insert him into their gun control agenda.

Same Pitch, No Buyers

America has turned away from gun control rhetoric and continues to reject it. Polls can be twisted to produce results, but actions are showing the real story. There were 21 million background checks for the sale of a gun last year, including over 8.4 million people who bought a firearm for the first time. Firearm ownership isn’t an inexpensive endeavor, so this demonstrates serious commitment to take a policy stand. Some of those buyers endured drawn-out processes of obtaining permits to purchase, firearm owner identification cards and registration just to exercise that right.

That isn’t slowing down, either. The talk of increased gun control is driving firearm sales. Chris Dorsey, writing for Forbes, had a clear explanation for the phenomenon of Americans ignoring what he called gun control “carnival barkers.”

“As Biden and the Dems ramp up their rhetoric, undoubtedly poised to pounce in the aftermath of the next shooting, nearly 6 million Americans have purchased firearms since inauguration day,” Dorsey wrote. “They’re going to the range, getting conceal carry permits and, in so doing, are sending an undeniable message to politicians everywhere: When it comes to protecting themselves and their families, they’re not waiting for a government solution.”

 

Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

 

 

51 COMMENTS

  1. I doubt that fraudulent Fauci has anymore credibility than the lying, brain dead Biden ! These socialists are desperate, time is running out.

    • What we need in this country is that everyone over the age of 15 be allowed to carry loaded weapons. I know this means more will die in the beginning from people just being stupid, but after that the killings will settle down. This will mostly put an end to mass killings like we have now. I know it wont be the America most of us grew up in but it will stop mass killings and people will be nice to each other.

  2. The weapons, sporting, huning industry is a massive industry that employs many americans who pay huge city, state and federal taxes. It would be like shuttiing down Detroit or Houston. So those who feel guns are the way out better think twice. Guns are here to stay.

    • If the Left is willing to shut down entire pipeline projects in anticipation of shutting down the entire petroleum industry after it shuts down the entire coal industry, on the way to shutting down the entire fossil-fuel industry with its millions of workers and billions in city, state, and federal taxes, why would you believe that it wouldn’t happily shut down the entire firearms-based industry without a second thought? After all, any tax shortfalls can be offset by taxing the middle class and by seizing retirement savings, bank accounts, and personal property for the Common Good.

      You just don’t understand, do you?

    • “it would be like shutting down Detroit or Houston.” Well, Detroit got shut down years ago, probably looks more like your average urban sh*thole in Africa than anything else.

  3. No, they aren’t eating up a heaping serving of King Dribblecup’s old recipe LIEsagna… But they ARE standing in line in record numbers to buy whatever guns, ammo, and magazines they find available. Biden harris ain’t so good at selling lies, but he sure as hell has become the salesman of the century at gun shops all across the land.

  4. Do not underestimate the statists’ determination, or their will to play the long game.

    Also, do not confuse “a gun for me” voters with 2A voters.

    • Hear, hear!

      All of those ‘new gun owners’ did not magically become ‘new gun voters;’ They may have bought guns, sure, but they didn’t buy them for any other reason than the simple expediency of having one handy should a small horde of erstwhile ‘Victims of White Supremacy’ should inadvertently mistake them for Conservatives and come calling for reparations in the middle of the night.

      • Keep telling them that the gun they paid a premium for the Democrats either want to confiscate or “buy back” at a small fraction of it’s value.

        For the common good of course.

  5. As long as people remain addicted to social media and shamed by the echo chamber by cult negative reinforcement tactics groupthink is the only think that matters. Eventually it will win unless something happens to shake the people out of their techno-virtue-signaling-influencer-peer-pressured slumber.

    Everytime they tell a lie it gains a data point and with each point it becomes a little more “true” whether actually true or not.

    Public opinion at this point is little more than lines of code that can be altered by adding a few more lines of code. The Matrix is real. We may not be batteries for robots in a techno wasteland but there certainly are architects writing the parameters of our reality and even the specific scripts people follow to get the outcome they want.

    It’s fun and all to poke holes in the antis nonsense but I’m afraid it won’t matter if this course stays.

  6. NEW POLLING SHOWS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
    Washington, D.C., March 10, 2021 – New polling released today by Morning Consult and Politico again confirms that the American people want to strengthen the background check system. The survey, conducted between March 6 and March 8, 2021, finds that 84 percent of voters, including over three-quarters of Republicans and 82 percent of Independents, support a law requiring a background check for all firearm purchases.

    • I might add that two independent Chicago studies have show that the overwhelming number of guns used in crime were second hand guns that were on average 13 years old and had been through many hands, all unvetted.

      In other police tracings around the country it has been shown that second hand guns often travel from states with lax laws into states and or big cities that have tough gun laws making their laws ineffective. Another case for universal background checks for all firearms.

    • Polls conducted by two extremely left leaning biased sources, pure male bovine fecal matter. Doubley so for any
      “studies ” coming out of Chicago per your
      other post.

  7. The Far Right is always their own worst enemy. The more crime with guns means that there will be more calls for draconian gun restrictions or bans. Universal Background checks would cut vastly down on the tremdous amount of second hand guns that find their way into the hands of lunatics and criminals. No law is perfect but we do not cancel laws against murder, rape or theft either.

    • So you think criminals buy second hand guns and they would just go away if there were background checks?

      There was an article on ttag a year or two ago about some media or polling group who figured out numbers on how convicted felons in Illinois got guns. Shocker, most were stolen. The rest were straw purchased or purchased legally with a background check by the now felon that could pass a background check at the point of time they bought it.

      I’m pretty sure gangbanger criminals aren’t too interested in used mossberg .243 at the gun shows.

    • We already have laws against murder, rape and theft that cover 100% of gun violence. You’re saying criminals will pay attention to new laws?

  8. A lot of people aren’t buying it.
    https://www.thestate.com/news/upstate/article250825164.html
    There are many “2A sanctuary counties” across the USA.
    Move to one if you are able, the feds cant do shit.
    It’s very much like sanctuary cities for illegals or
    legalizing pot on a state level when it’s a schedule 1 drug on the federal level.
    To the US government, legally pot is no different then PCP or heroin.
    That’s just for the sake of comparison.

    • “Move to one“. This is why conservatives will lose. Never stand and fight just run away to a place that isn’t ruined by liberalism. Funny thing is these runaway conservatives move and bring the liberal bs with them.

    • I spent my childhood and young adult years around drunks , potheads , and hard drug users ( crack ,cocane , meth ,and heroin ). I have no problem being around /working with potheads . I dont want to be anywhere near drunks or hard drug users .

    • I used to live in Illinois, born and raised there. Lived there for 40 years.
      We get a governor that bought his office. His agenda? Stupid anti gun laws.
      The first bill he signed within days of taking office got rid about 50% of the FFLs in IL.
      NE Illinois is NEVER going to be conservative. Chicago and Cook county control the votes.
      There are 102 counties in IL. 90 are solid RED. Chicago and Cook county offset this.
      ONE county control what in essence a RED state. There are 2A sanctuary counties in IL.
      There are states where you can open your back door and shoot at a target w/a berm behind it.
      I bring no liberal bs with me but you do see that in the suburbs of Chicago.
      Counties that have been solid red become pink, purple and then blue.
      Illinois has the ungodly and constitutionally unlawful FOID card. F that noise.
      The NRA ran away from the fight in Illinois and now that our fat governor had to deal with Covid-19,
      his agenda for gun control is becoming clear. Fingerprints to get a FOID card?
      You have to be fingerprinted just to be able to own a gun or ammo?
      Plus you have to PAY to exercise that RIGHT? Nonsense, pure nonsense.
      At a certain point you hang with people who live in free states and see the difference in attitudes
      towards guns. I moved to a free state because Illinois is a lost cause.

      That being said for Fred the deer slayer I wasn’t saying that pot was a horrible thing.
      The comparison I was making was that being schedule 1, the feds consider them:
      “no currently accepted medical use in the United States”
      On the federal level it’s the same as any of the hard drugs that are schedule 1.
      Schedule 1: marijuana, heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and magic mushrooms
      I have no problem with someone smoking a joint after work to wind down.
      It’s the same to me as having a beer or 2 in the evening.
      The only time that you’ll have a problem with me is if you are high or drunk and crash into me.
      Then we are going to have a problem.
      People who are shitfaced drunks are usually trouble.
      The people who are hard drug users are usually weeded out by natural selection.

  9. “In other news, a new poll has found that 1 out of 3 Democrats are just as stupid as the other two. ”….and will vote for Creepy. Sleazy, Senile Socialist Puppet #46 Joey and the real threat Laughing Hyena KamelHo. It’s not the politicians that are the problem. It’s the Useful Idiots tht vote those politicians into office repeatedly.

    A Liberal is an idiot wrapped in moron muffin and smothered in free shit stupid sauce.

    • You wouldn’t like it,,, he’d just lay there and nap, might get a twitch out of him if he’s having a bad dream.
      Whisper gunm things in his ear.

  10. Americans see RIGHT through this so called “gun control” . . . It is COMMUNIST gun CONFICATION before the TYRANNICAL Communist RULE. Do NOT give in! And, vote out of office EVERY politician (including REPUBLICANS) who VOTE for GUN control of ANY NATURE! One Enlightened And WARY Patriot. Team Trump And His Allies 2020 – MAGA (WE’RE NOT going away!).

    • > Americans see RIGHT through this so called “gun control” . . . It is COMMUNIST gun CONFICATION before the TYRANNICAL Communist RULE. Do NOT give in! And, vote out of office EVERY politician (including [FEARED PERSON – [PEOPLE]]S) who VOTE for GUN control of ANY NATURE! One Enlightened And WARY Patriot. Team [Man] And His Allies 2020 – MAGA (WE’RE NOT going away!).

      You deserve it

  11. What’s the best argument against UBC? That’s the right question isn’t it?

    I’m UNconvinced that the ‘gun registry is inevitable’ is the BEST anti-UBC argument.

    First, those who think they like UBC are apt to be in for of a registry. So, this argument is apt to win no converts.

    Second, the gun-controllers will double-promise never to implement a registry. They don’t really need to. They can collect transaction reports from FFLs. All they need is a list of serial numbers with the last reporting FFL’s identity.

    Third, they WILL enforce UBC on peaceable owners (but not felons in possession). If they find a peaceable owner in possession they will ask where and when you acquired it; i.e., the FFL and data of transfer. No answer? Then they will charge you of receiving a firearm without passing a UBC.

    Fourth, NON-compliance will the the “Universal” part of the program. Whenever they have some pretext to search your home, they will discover guns. If you can’t produce the paperwork, at least the name of the FFL that did the transfer, they will press charges. Who will be the most vulnerable? Those peaceable residents of inner-city neighborhoods who availed themselves of lower prices in the secondary market without incurring the “transfer tax” of an FFL fee. Save $50; go directly to jail.

    Fifth, any spat will be the basis for someone with a beef to denounce a neighbor for possessing an un-UBC’ed-gun. Probable cause for a warrant; search, seizure, trace, BINGO! We have a UBC violation. Any police calls for service at this address? Anyone in the household with a Domestic Violence misdemeanor charge?

    Sixth, where will UBC be vigorously enforced? Left Overshoe Wyoming? Where the Sheriff is the recording secretary of the Rod & Gun Club? Or, the inner-city neighborhood where the chief needs data to show he is tough on gun crime?

    • 50 dollar transfer fee? WTF ? I dont know what the fees are around Central Indiana . For the last 25 years I have been performing repairs on the buildings for two local gun stores , and a rifle range , between those two gun stores and RKguns I have not paid a transfer fee in the past 25 years

  12. The biggest menaces to the general public health are Biden, Fauci and Gates. The “squad” contributes to mental strain and ptsd.

  13. It will not matter what Americans think if Congress passes HB1 and Biden signs it.
    That voter bill has everything to do with all the enumerated rights under the bill of rights, and with due process, and with packing the Supreme Court. If passed, HB1 will enact into law all the fraudulent means used by the Democrats to steal the election from Trump, and it will override any laws that any state may pass. Or have passed. The government will remain firmly in Democratic hands because, no matter what people put down on their ballot, Democrats will always get enough votes to win.

    • That would bring on the next shot heard around the world ! Americans will not accept one party rule no matter who it is

  14. You might be able to convince Americans to gun control. You might be able to convince Americans to defund the police. But not both at the same time.

  15. Under the current anti cop movement in the country, many law officers who have enough time in are retiring. Recruiting tallies are dropping. In many areas where you might have 50 applicants per open position, they are doing good to get a dozen. Our Second Amendment Rights and actually all of our GOD Given Rights under the Bill of Rights are more important than ever. According to the Founders our rights under the Bill of Rights are GOD given rights no person shall tamper with or infringe upon. By that token all laws the hinder our GOD given rights current and proposed are illegal and treasonous. Maybe some of our Pro Second Amendment Organizations should have their Attorneys bring this up the next time they argue a case before the Supreme Court.

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