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From NRA-ILA . . .

Recently, we reported on the establishment of the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention, an effort by the Biden Administration to funnel taxpayer dollars to the partisan project of gun control. Whatever else can be said of the office, it is at least trying to justify its existence by staying busy, to the detriment of law-abiding gun owners.

Last week the office convened a meeting with democrat state legislators in an effort to dragoon them into enacting anti-gun policies that have failed to gain traction at the federal level. Even the U.S. Justice Department – supposedly the executive’s guarantor of civil rights – is now drafting constitutionally dubious “model legislation” that states can use to crack down on gun owners.  The effort shows Biden’s weaponization of government for political purposes continues to sink to new lows.

White House propaganda characterized this meeting as part of the “Biden-Harris Administration’s Safer States Initiative.” The details of the initiative can be found in a brochure that lists various actions the White House wants states to take to promote the administration’s goal of normalizing persecution of gun owners. The general thrust of the “initiative” seems to be that anti-gun officials can turn back the U.S. Supreme Court’s development of Second Amendment doctrine and the public’s increasing embrace of the right to keep and bear arms by mass, coordinated action in the opposite direction.

The outline of the administration’s plan for state action is follows:

  1.  “Establish a State Office of Gun Violence Prevention”;
  2.  “Invest in Evidence-informed Solutions to Prevent and Respond to Gun Violence”;
  3.  “Strengthen Support for Survivors and Victims of Gun Violence”;
  4.  “Reinforce Responsible Gun Ownership”;
  5.  “Strengthen Gun Background Checks”; and
  6.  “Hold the Gun Industry Accountable”.

The outline paints a picture of obvious gun control euphemisms interspersed with potential efforts at problem solving. But the details of the plan paint a different story, one replete with the same unconstitutional, failed, or – at best – unproven policies the firearm prohibition lobby has pursued for decades. Little of it has anything to do with crime or safety. Instead, most of it is squarely focused on making life more difficult for anyone who would dare own a gun or operate a firearm-related business.

The first step, “Establish a State Office of Gun Violence Prevention,” seeks to replicate the White House’s own Office of Gun Violence Prevention within the states themselves. That is, the states should create positions for dedicated gun control activists within their internal bureaucracy. This would give gun control the imprimatur of official state policy and allow the activists to use public funds to pursue their agenda with local officials and private anti-gun organizations.

Every taxpayer would be a mandatory contributor to the cause. Every state employee would be indoctrinated in gun control as an essential element of “good governance” and would have to reflect this outlook in their own work. Whatever elements of the public remained pro-gun would have to be re-educated from the top down in this new civic norm.

The second step, “Invest in Evidence-informed Solutions to Prevent and Respond to Gun Violence”, is significant mainly for its subtle shift in language from the prior gun control rhetoric of “evidence-based” solutions to the lower standard of “evidence-informed.” This is a tacit admission that there is precious little quality evidence for anything the administration is recommending.

Among the policies recommended in this section is “Fund Community Violence Interventions.” In theory, this would use a community-based approach to reducing firearm-related crime through “comprehensive social, health, and economic support for individuals at greatest risk”. Where this has actually been tried, however, the funds often go to “community groups” composed of unprincipled grifters, including “peacekeepers” who in some cases are ex-prisoners who not only fail to keep the peace but contribute to the violence they are supposed to prevent.

States are additionally encouraged under this heading to enact “extreme risk protection order” or “red flag” laws, which are a means of authorizing forcible (and sometimes lethal) confiscation of firearms from non-prohibited persons who are accused of posing some sort of “danger” to themselves or others.

What these laws don’t do – assuming they are even administered in good faith – is actually address the underlying factors that may be contributing to the person’s instability or distress. Once the guns are confiscated, the state’s work is done; the person is then left to fend for themselves or pursue alternate means for whatever mischief they may have had in mind.

The third step, “Strengthen Support for Survivors and Victims of Gun Violence”, would seem to be the least controversial of the plan’s objectives. But one of the policies under this heading would actually help protect criminals from detection and prosecution by recommending that certain federally-funded services for crime victims be provided without the statutory requirement that the victims “cooperate with law enforcement”.

This is part and parcel of the administration’s approach to “safety,” which bends over backwards to give individuals who actually cause harm a pass, while seeking to shift ever more burdens to the law-abiding public at large. It also shows that the administration will twist statutes to its will wherever possible, including by making legal requirements “waivable” when they prove politically inconvenient.

Generally speaking, the administration’s recommendations under this heading also show equal concern for criminals who are shot as an outcome of their illegal activities as for other victims of “gun violence” who have no culpability in bringing that status on themselves.

The Fourth step of “Reinforcing Responsible Gun Ownership” is synonymous with “enacting punitive gun control.” Even while urging concern for criminals who get themselves shot while participating in crime, the administration advocates for penalizing those whose guns are stolen or used by a third party to cause harm, unless the gun owner complied with mandatory storage and reporting requirements.

This prong of the plan includes model “safe storage” legislation drafted by none other than the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Under DOJ’s proposed model, a person not actually carrying or using a gun, or having it within arm’s reach, would have to disable it with a locking device or store it in a locked container. This is at odds, however, with U.S. Supreme Court precedent that forbids storage requirements that would render a gun unavailable for “immediate self-defense”.

Of course, the proposed law would exempt DOJ’s own officers, as well as other law enforcement personnel, from these general requirements, demonstrating DOJ’s commitment to “gun safety” ends at is own liability.

Another DOJ model law would penalize anyone who’s firearm was stolen, unless the person submitted a mandatory report to the government “no later than 48 hours after the person … knew or reasonably should have known of the … theft” (emphasis added). This could apply to a theft the person was actually unaware of (for example, from a sporadically used camper or hunting cabin), but – in a prosecutor’s opinion – could have been discovered with more care or diligence. This concept makes the gun owner who was victimized by the theft the low-hanging fruit for law enforcement, rather than the criminal who actually stole the gun. It betrays, once again, an approach to public safety that faults everybody but the perpetrator for the commission of a crime.

It should come as no surprise that the administration’s recommendations for “Strengthening Background Checks”, the fifth step, includes criminalizing private firearm transfers, even to non-prohibited persons who intend to use the firearms lawfully. But the administration wants the states to go further, including by making confidential juvenile records available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, so they can be used to deny otherwise non-prohibited adults firearm purchases. This includes both youthful indiscretions that did not result in criminal prosecutions, as well as records of certain mental health interventions.

Thus, while the administration is eager to protect criminals from prosecution, it is also eager to make sure that kids who had a bumpy road to adulthood are penalized when it comes to their Second Amendment rights.

The final category of “Holding the Gun Industry Accountable” includes making the gun industry responsible for third party criminal acts (notwithstanding existing federal law to the contrary) and heaping redundant state licensing and bureaucratic requirements for dealers onto the existing federal ones. Even more tellingly, however, it recommends banning some of the industry’s most popular products, including semi-automatic long guns (which the administration deceptively calls “assault weapons”).

Usually, the administration promotes such bans as a public safety imperative. It’s admission here that they are also (perhaps primarily) a way to punish businesses simply for being involved in the gun trade is especially revealing.

Needless to say, most of the hardcore anti-gun states have implemented versions of these measures already. Meanwhile, moderate or pro-gun states are either not interested in them or (appropriately) have higher priorities for actually fighting crime. But it says something significant that the administration is willing to expend so much effort signaling to its supporters and donors how much they want to clamp down on the Second Amendment.

Gun owners should consider themselves warned.

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52 COMMENTS

  1. Parents should be able to protect their children and children should be able to protect their parents…

    • Wow. At her young age, she already has all the moxi for a YT reviewer/influencer. Not bad, young lady, not bad at all. This is my impressed face. 🙂

      • “Not bad, young lady, not bad at all.”

        Her mom and dad have *nothing* to worry about when she starts dating… 🙂

  2. “Hold the Gun Industry Accountable”.

    And THERE is the key to their whole plan… Go after the dealers, first they pass laws to stop individuals from building their own firearms, then hit gun and ammo manufacturers with crippling lawsuits and finally put the FFLs out of business… It’s the long game but could be the formula that finally works, good thing they’ve only got a year left and the courts will be tied up with this crap for years… I know, how about going after the REAL criminals instead fucking with lawful gun owners, manufacturers and dealers… Fucking feckless morons…

    • And once the judicial precedent is set, no industry will be exempt. Auto makers, brewers and distillers, and more will be held responsible for third-party criminal misuse of their products.

  3. This is not a war on guns. It is a war on civil rights. The new democratic party is the same as the old party. Bunch of rich old white guys stepping on the working man.

  4. Anti-Gun Group Investigated for Breaking Gun Laws. (note: some additional from further research….they broke federal laws also, they did not destroy the rifles IAW federal law requirements as they just cut them in half at the receivers thus is was still technically a firearm under federal law thus,technically, what they created under federal law were short barreled rifles and they did not have an NFA tax stamp for each rifle. Plus, they transferred the firearms without background checks, plus, because some of their members were prohibited persons due to past felony conviction and were allowed to possess the firearms during this display of left wing mental illness they thus also provided firearms to prohibited persons. Plus, they took them to a school to be ‘smashed up’ and gave them to kids to do that thus once again also illegally transferred the firearms to underage which could not legally posses firearms, plus they took the guns into a school zone which is yet another violation of federal law. Then there are the state laws, and they are being investigated.)

    • Certain people can break laws and certain people can’t.
      If your looking for justice you won’t find it in the New America.

    • It is okay when the anti-gunners break their own laws. No one is ever going to hold them accountable. More rather, the anti-gunners would get rewarded for being “heroes” for doing so. But God forbid there is a misspelled word on a form at a gun store. Gotta shut that whole store down, you know.

  5. At some point, ordinary people are going to have to wake up from their stupor and punch back. We’ve devolved from a representative republic to what we have today. This Country has been turned into an elitist led, top down, centrally planned tyranny where we are nothing but serfs.

    We are less free and more highly taxed today than we were under the reign of George III.

    • As long as the rednecks have their bud light and football, and the leftoids have their drugs and deg*ner*te s*x, no one is going to wake up. It’s called “bread and circuses” and it is very effective at keeping the hoi polloi down.

      Sorry, but the only way forward is the collapse of the system. Don’t worry, you won’t need to wait long.

      • Yep SC, and Australia isnt going to be left out either.
        Off topic
        Is there a feral cat problem in Australia?
        I read somewhere house cats are becoming a nuisance animal.
        Razorback👍

        • They’ve been on my hunting list as a target of opportunity ever since I can remember. Such an issue aborigines actually hunt them as a food source. They are not good on the native wildlife with stupid owners letting out an optimized nocturnal hunter every night.

          A friend of mine has an outdoor enclosure for his which he calls Al-cat-traz.

  6. Apparently, all of these ant-gun advocates don’t understand the meaning of irony when they rage on about how bad guns are when they themselves are surrounded by armed bodyguards. Let there be no doubt about their true intentions — they want to disarm us so that they can control us. Gun control is people control.

    • 100% CORRECT! OUR FOUNDERS KNEW ABOUT EVIL POWER SEEKING TYPES, GAVE US THE FIRST AND SECOND AMENDMENTS TO PERMIT FREE SPEECH AND TO ASSURE US OF OUR GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS TO SELF DEFENSE.

  7. Don’t they know (including the SCOTUS) that the U.S. Constitution prohibits ANY and ALL of this! The Second Amendment forbids any federal or state regulation (colorable law) that ‘infringes’ upon ‘the right of the people to keep (acquire, own) and bear (possess, carry) Arms.’ What’s more, the U.S. Constitution is a contract between the American people (the party of the first part) and those we select/hire to represent us in our government (the party of the second part). ALL gun-control regulation or prohibition is therefore a willful breach of that contract. Government is then liable, both criminally (18, USC, 242) and civilly (42, USC, 1983), to the party of the first part (us) for that/those breaches of contract. Furthermore, any colorable statute (not a binding law) that exempts them from prosecution for both their criminal and civil actions is unconstitutional (re: Article VI, Section 2).

    • Hah hah hah , your funny.
      Constitution, party of the first part,party of the second part.
      Its dot giv.
      They give we take.
      They take we give.
      We give bodies to fight their wars.
      We pay taxes to keep them rich.
      Under My Thumb is their theme song and there is nothing we can do about it because they give us lower interest rates, food stamps, and surveillance.
      There is nothing an American citizen can do without dot givs permission.
      Freedom is what?

    • As John Adams said, the Constitution was made for “only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

      The left hates morals, religion and people. We can scream “unconstitutional” all day long. Until someone stops these GD tyrants, words don’t matter.

        • Well, yes. Would be nice if more cared to stop the left from taking over every institution in the country. Never happens. At some point the damage becomes to much to overcome.

  8. OUR CONSTITUTION DOES PROVIDE US WITH RIGHT TO CARYY AND OWN GUNS .
    I DON’T WORRY A BIT , WE THE PEOPLE VOTE FOR WHO AND WHAT WE WANT . RULES .

    • My girlfiend voted twice, no shit.
      Its a long story. The fcked up part was when the ballot handed outers realized theyd made a mistake one of the ballot handed outers said, ” Just open the box hers has to be the one on top.” Yep the ballot box was unlocked.
      Elections are free.
      Elections are fraud.
      Its Nothing more then morale test, voting is up, the people still believe the lie.
      .giv would shit itself if no one voted.

  9. GUN VOILENCE PREVENTION , SOUNDS LIKE I NEED GO BUY ANOTHER GUN TO PROTECT MYSELF , TWO SIDES TO THA COIN ..

    • This is an excellent response! Take a neighbor or a friend along, help him or her ease into gun ownership and classroom and range training.

      • Frank, that is why I have said repeatedly, that anyone who has been wronged and has “damages” should sue the State Legislators who vote for laws which violate the Bruen, Heller and McDonald Decisions.

        If we hit them in the pocketbook, they will think twice about abridging our rights.

  10. “…how about going after the REAL criminals instead fucking with lawful gun owners, manufacturers and dealers…”

    Bingo!

    ………………………………………………………………………………………..

    Walter, I think government officials are immune from being sued for their actions in office.

    • “Walter, I think government officials are immune from being sued for their actions in office.”

      Government employees can be individually sued IF they act beyond their authority. “Authority” can become the proverbial “Sticky Wicket”, sometimes condoning what would seem to be “beyond authority”, sometimes being charged for what would “normally” be considered inside applicable authority.

      I personally experienced a situation where a federal contracting officer was individually sued for legitimately terminating a contractor….and the agency declared the contracting officer did not have authority to terminate contracts (putting the agency beyond danger of being sued collectively).

      The contracting officer eventually prevailed at a cost of nearly 1/2 of the officer’s annual income. And transfer to a location of significantly lower prestige.

    • Epps, yep, government officials CAN be sure if they acted outside the scope of their duties. It is a very easy accusation to make but sometimes very difficult to prove.

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