By Theresa Inacker
Presumptive Democrat Party candidate Joe Biden has released The Biden Plan to End Our Gun Violence Epidemic (you’ll have to click through the contribution request to get to it) which reads like a plan for total civilian disarmament.
Features of the Biden scheme include banning the sale of guns and ammunition online, mandating that only 100% smart guns be sold, limiting a purchaser to no more than one gun per month to stop “stockpiling,” banning rifles and standard capacity magazines, banning so-called “ghost guns” and home builds, and forcing people into a government “buy-back” or registration of some scary rifles and magazines.
My question for presumptive candidate Biden and his handlers is how do you expect to enforce this gun grab? Via the police? Since the party is making its own calls to defund and in some cases eliminate police departments, how likely is that to be an option?
Perhaps Uncle Joe plans to deploy the rising paramilitary wing of the Democrat Party, the one we see terrorizing neighborhoods in Portland and elsewhere. This might not sound so crazy at the moment given the current climate of violence and lawlessness. Is it a leap to foresee or conclude that violence will be used against us in order to get our guns? In the current climate, we likely agree it is not totally unforeseeable.
Just like the other 22,000+ gun control laws already on the books, each and every component of Biden’s plan will be dodged by criminals and broken over the backs of the good guys.
For starters, government “buy-backs” are a misnomer. The government can’t buy back something that never belonged to it. Additionally, when many local governments and police departments are transferring in firearms at these so-called “buy-backs, they are violating state and federal laws by failing to complete the required transfer paperwork and background checks. Have you ever noticed that?
Additionally, Biden calls for the registration of all firearms under the proposed plan. Registration serves one purpose and one purpose only: confiscation.
Next up, Creepy Joe proposes mandating 100% sales of “smart” guns at some point. Smart guns have been criticized for a multitude of reasons, including the failure of the technology and their unreliability. In 2014, a hacker experimented with $15 worth of magnets, completely bypassing the radio signal on the Armatix IP1, by a German manufacturer, causing the gun to fire.
If smart guns are so smart, why aren’t the police and military using them? We’ve all had our smart phones fail, cars that won’t start or some other technical problem. Just one of several reasons why smart guns are a dumb idea.
Most dangerously — and likely the reason Biden and the Democrats want to force this technology on the people — the government could simply shut them off (depending on the technology used) leaving you totally defenseless. It is possible that the government could use that capability to instantly shut down your use use of guns in a certain area via technological means, electromagnetic pulse, etc.
Another gem in Biden’s gun-grabbing proposal is banning online sales of guns and ammunition, which violates the concept of Interstate Commerce grounded in the Constitution, But we all know there isn’t a section of the Constitution Democrats aren’t willing to violate if it furthers their agenda.
Tragically, banning online sales of ammunition will disparately impact the disabled who find it difficult to travel to a gun shop and carry boxes of heavy ammo into their homes. Disabled people need firearms and ammunition to defend themselves, too, arguably more than other groups, and Biden’s proposed plan would negatively impact them. Too bad their disabled lives just don’t seem to matter.
Disheartened by the lack of engagement and downright malfeasance shown by the Supreme Court in enforcing both the Heller decision and the Second Amendment itself, this country’s gun owners have serious decisions and consequences before them. The so-called “Fudds” can no longer stand on the sidelines and think this kind of overreach will never affect their shotguns or hunting rifles. That’s a delusion. These proposals will affect everyone.
That’s why it’s critical to become engaged and stay engaged. You must be informed and understand how candidates and their policies will affect the way you live, the way your children and grandchildren will be able to defend themselves against enemies, foreign and domestic. Time is of the essence and you cannot stay on the fence on this one. Join your state gun rights groups, social media groups local to you and become informed and educated while you can still make a difference.
Theresa Inacker, an attorney and Second Amendment advocate, is a member of the US Supreme Court bar, the New Jersey delegate to The DC Project, and serves as the Communications Director for the Coalition of New Jersey Firearm Owners.