President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday announced the administration’s latest push to crack down on crime through a number of gun control policies.
According to Biden, limitations can be placed on the Second Amendment. He made the argument that Americans will never have the same types of weapons as the federal government. And even attempted to channel Eric Swalwell . . .
“The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited the type of people who could own a gun, what type of weapon you could own. You couldn’t buy a cannon,” the president said. “Those who say the blood of patriots, you know, and all the stuff about how we’re gonna have to move against the government. Well, the tree of liberty is not water or the blood of patriots. What happens is that there never have been – If you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons.”
“The point is there has always been a limit, to rationally limit, the type of weapon that can be owned and who can own it,” Biden said.
BIDEN: "Those who say the blood of Patriots, you know, and all the stuff about how we’re gonna have to move against the government.”
"If you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons."pic.twitter.com/WVHUffpphP
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 23, 2021
The administration’s “comprehensive strategy” will:
- Stem the flow of firearms used to commit violence, including by holding rogue firearms dealers accountable for violating federal laws;
- Support local law enforcement with federal tools and resources to help address summer violent crime;
- Invest in evidence-based community violence interventions;
Expanding summer programming, employment opportunities, and other services and
- Supports for teenagers and young adults; and
Help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully reenter their communities.
Targeting federal firearms licensees
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will crackdown on “rogue” federal firearms licensees (FFLs) that “knowingly” violate federal gun laws, like failing to conduct a background check on a potential buyer.
As The Reload pointed out, the ATF targeting FFL’s is unlikely to make much of a difference:
The administration’s focus on gun makers and dealers is unlikely to have an immediate impact on crime since the ATF data have long shown the average gun recovered at a crime scene was sold many years beforehand and likely changed hands several times. The agency’s most recent report on time-to-crime data found there was an average of 8.29 years between sales and crime. Additionally, a 2016 University of Chicago survey of inmates convicted of gun crimes found the vast majority did not legally purchase their firearms from licensed dealers or at gun shows but instead relied on getting guns from people they knew, illegal street dealers, or by stealing them.
Re-funding the police
The Biden administration also plans to utilize $350 billion from the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, to address the spike in crime that the Administration says usually takes place during the summer months. The funding is to be used to re-fund the police “even above pre-pandemic levels” and to invest in the latest technology.
“In addition, the Treasury Department is clarifying that any community may use ARP state and local aid for the above strategies and any other public safety programs, up to the level of revenue loss the jurisdiction experienced during the pandemic. And any community may use ARP funds to rehire police officers and other public servants to restore law enforcement and courts to their pre-pandemic levels,” the White House said.
This is a tacit acknowledgment that the “defund the police” policies adopted by so many Democrat-controlled cities has been disastrous, resulted in significant increases in violent crime. That probably won’t please those furthest to the left in Biden’s own party.
Community violence intervention programs
The Justice Department’s Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program has $276 million earmarked for this fiscal year. Local governments can apply for the program, which provides funding for law enforcement purposes, ranging from corrections to drug treatment and enforcement to community violence intervention (CVI) programs.
CVI programs will take place in 15 jurisdictions that have agreed to utilize ARP funding: Atlanta; Austin; Baltimore; Baton Rouge; Chicago; Detroit; King County, WA; Los Angeles; Memphis; Minneapolis; Newark; Philadelphia; Rapid City, SD; St. Louis; and Washington, DC.
ARP funding will also be used for summer programs for at-risk youth so they can receive job training and placement, as well as medical and mental health support, house, and food.
Biden’s administration is focusing on reintegrating criminals into everyday society as a means of fighting crime. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will drop proposed rules barring the federal government and its contractors from asking whether or not a person is a convicted criminal.
The Department of Justice is also creating a position for “a formerly incarcerated individual to work at DOJ as a Second Chance Act visiting fellow.” The goal of the fellowship is for the criminal to help the agency develop policies that would “build upon and improve DOJ’s investments in reentry and reintegration.”
According to the White House, a tax credit between $2,400 and $16,400 will be provided to employers for each convicted criminal that is hired.
Placing the blame on gun manufacturers
Biden reiterated his call to Congress to revoke the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which prevents gun dealers and manufacturers from being held liable for crimes committed with their products.
Biden has openly and repeatedly lied about the PLCAA, claiming that it prevents all liability by gun manufacturers. The falsehoods have been so blatant that even CNN was forced to call him on it, calling Biden’s claim false. “Gun manufacturers are not entirely exempt from being sued, nor are they only industry with some liability protections. Under the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), gun manufacturers cannot be held liable for the use of their products in a crime.”
If Biden was serious about preventing criminals from getting their hands on firearms, he could start by ensuring that his son, Hunter, is prosecuted for lying on his 4473. But we know that will never happen.