Unveiled last month at a speech alongside Attorney General Merrick Garland, Biden’s anti-crime plan included a “zero tolerance” policy for federally licensed gun dealers who violate laws, a call for increased funding for the ATF, and the creation of “strike forces” to combat interstate weapons trafficking. The president noted states and cities can use $350 billion in collective funding from the “American Rescue Plan” to hire officers, pay for overtime or invest in technology aimed at curbing gun violence.
Some of Biden’s remarks, such as his declaration that it was “not a time to turn our backs on law enforcement,” likely aimed to address criticism from the right. But Second Amendment advocates seized on the gun control measures included in Biden’s anti-crime plan, accusing the president of misrepresenting the crime wave’s root cause.
“Reasonable gun control measures like background checks could conceivably ward off some of the mass shootings we’ve experienced recently, but they will do nothing to thwart the crime wave plaguing our cities in recent months,” [Republican political consultant Whit] Ayers added. “That surge in crime is a result of demonizing the police in the wake of the George Floyd killing.”
— Thomas Barrabi in Biden gun and police policies threaten Democrats’ 2022 midterm prospects