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President Joe Biden has spent an extraordinary amount of speech time decrying the firearm industry’s existence. He’s repeated the same lies over and over. He’s called more than 375,000 Americans that work for lawful firearm and ammunition businesses “the enemy.”

No one could blame the president’s chief speechwriter for announcing he’s jumping ship and leaving The White House.

The claims the president has made against the firearm industry are indefensible. No one should hold their breath, though, that the president will change his tune regarding his gun control agenda or the lies he says about the firearm industry.

What would help is if President Biden instead listened to his own words about the good the industry has done. The campaign is called Real Solutions, Safer Communities for a reason.

Rose Garden Real Talk

There was a time when then-Vice President Biden understood the effectiveness of the firearm industry’s Project ChildSafe. It’s just one pillar of the multipronged Real Solutions Safe Communities effort. In more than two decades, Project ChildSafe has partnered with more than 15,000 local law enforcement agencies in every state and U.S. territory to provide education materials and free firearm safety kits. This includes handing out more than 40 million free gun locking devices. Combined with the locks included in every firearm sold at retail, that number tops 100 million.

What did Vice President Joe Biden think about this program? He let the truth slip out so he can be taken at his own words.

In 2013, then-Vice President Joe Biden held a White House meeting in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy. He spoke to NSSF then-CEO Steve Sanetti and referring to NSSF, the president said, “You guys are doing a lot of good things, including the gunlock thing. And this isn’t Joe Biden just blowing smoke. I mean it.”

Fast forward to 2021 and current NSSF President and CEO Joe Bartozzi expanded on the program’s successes during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on safe firearm storage. Bartozzi explained, “We know the program works. In the 22 years that Project ChildSafe has been in existence, we know that fatal [firearm] accidents have decreased by 40 percent,” he said. “There’s a lot that goes into that, but fatal firearm accidents are at the lowest point on record since 1903. We are seeing progress and progress is a good thing – it means we’re having an impact.”

Repeated Lies

Over the past two years, the gun owning community grew by at least 14 million new first-time gun owners. It’s increasingly diverse, with double-digit growth of women and minority gun owners. That’s an inconvenient fact the Biden administration ignores instead of embraces. They choose instead to go soft on criminals and demagogue law-abiding gun owners. They choose to politicize the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to punish the firearm industry instead of regulate it.

Joe Biden angry speech
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In speech after speech, President Biden has repeated the partisan gun control talking points from gun control groups against the firearm industry. His lies, written no doubt by speechwriters, have been fact-checked as false many times. That includes wrongly stating the firearm industry is, “the only outfit in the country,” with liability immunity, to making false claims about home-built firearms and private gun ownership in the early American colonies. The president’s words have been termed, wrong and false and even been urged, “he needs to stop making this claim.”

Real Solutions

Project ChildSafe is an effective and successful firearm safety program. It’s been recently highlighted in cities across the country, including DetroitAlbuquerque and Troy, New York. It’s just one NSSF program working to make safer communities.

The Don’t Lie for the Other Guy initiative is a partnership between industry, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to prevent illegal firearm straw purchases and warn the public it is a crime punishable by 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Operation Secure Store assists firearm retailers to improve security at their locations to deter criminals from stealing firearms. One component of the program matches ATF reward offers up to $5,000 to bring to justice criminals stealing firearms. Since launching the number of burglaries and firearm thefts have been trending down.

The FixNICS campaign improves the FBI’s background check system by changing the law in 16 states and in Congress to increase reporting of disqualifying adjudicated mental health records. NSSF increased state submissions by a 266 percent increase since 2013.

NSSF also partners with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Department of Veterans Affairs on efforts to have a brave conversation” and reduce the tragedy of death by suicide.

Joe Biden Angry Gesture finger point
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

If the president wanted to make genuine efforts at reducing criminal and negligent firearm misuse and the resulting tragedies, he could work with the industry that already has a proven track record of success in those areas.

 

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

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25 COMMENTS

  1. joe burden is single handedly destroying the American economy. He has become the worst president in US history.

    At this point guns are not my big concern. Its whether or not we survive that is my concern.

    • They’re downright giddy with excitement over the expensive fuel rise, just like they’re happy about the fertilizer shortage. They only reason they will move to pretend to alleviate the pain is when they think they can’t get away with it.

      These people don’t sit around the board meetings and try to come up with ways to help the American people. They sit around and ponder how to spin their policies so that it will look like they’re helping.

      • And the Feds just raised interest rates, as they should, but it’s a fine line they must walk. Yeah, that’s Putin’s fault too I guess.

        • The Fed raising interest rates is a joke. 75bps being the largest they’ll discuss in a hiking cycle? LOL, they need 1975bps just to be in the ballpark.

          You need to exceed the real rate of inflation in order for this to be a useful exercise, usually by at least 10% of the real inflation rate. Realistic CPI inflation YoY is over 17% right now, but if you add in the things that matter like food and fuel you’re closer to 20%. That means that at this point you’re talking an Fed Funds rate north of 20%. For comparison, the “Volcker Moment” was 14.2% on less than $1T in debt and a $3T GDP. Now you need 20%+ on about $30.4T with a $24.8T GDP.

          That would cause the destruction of the USD when .gov defaulted on the debt about 10 minutes after the bond market opened the next morning. In fact, you wouldn’t have to wait that long since UST bills are traded on international markets.

          A bunch of loonies will tell you that this isn’t true because the Treasury can shift short-term obligations to long-term obligations.

          That’s a 38 letter way to spell “default”.

          This isn’t The Truth about Fiscal Policy, so I’ll stop there and just say that the Fed needs to cease to exist and fiat currency needs to go extinct.

          That’s a hard truth but it is, nonetheless, true. Governments worldwide have spent a century proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that they cannot be trusted with the tool known as “fiat currency”. Such a currency is like a opiate based painkiller. Powerful and exceedingly useful if used correctly but if used incorrectly the addictive properties will turn the user into a slave with a quickness. The latter is exactly what has happened and most people have no clue it’s occurred. The only thing that’s kept the USD going as long as it has in the post-WWII period is the fact that everyone else is more addicted to this drug, making us the most-functional-junkie.

        • The Fed itself is an absolute joke. You don’t fight inflation by raising rates. You fight it by cutting spending (but that’s like hard for us, so instead, we’ll make it hard for you). Why did they hold off on raising rates, when they raised them four times in 2018? Because they’re political! In 2018, they didn’t want Trump to get too much credit for a soaring economy. In 2021, they were holding out to give the Dems a chance to pass massive spending proposals. They still passed irresponsible spending proposals (and still are), just not as much as they wanted. Recall how everyone pretended that inflation wasn’t going to be a problem, then it was just transitory, then the slow admission that, yeah, well, it’s here to stay. Sucks to be you! I guess we lied! Let’s move on to the next crisis!

          You guys know how I hate to say I told you so, but I was sounding the inflation alarm two years ago when everyone was high-fiving and bragging about how they were spending their magic money that kept showing up from the government. It was all a scam so no one would notice that they were keeping the too big to fail corporations and wealthy “non-profits” going by running the printing presses overtime.

  2. Just about every politician could be confronted with their previous statements asserting polar polar opposites views. It could be called Operation Mirror.

  3. Biden is a vile, despicable piece of trash. Our entire Nation is worse off because of his “public service”. His career is a case study in political corruption and self-aggrandizement.

  4. C’mon man. I just read the words. Imagine had the tobacco industry been immune to prostitution.

    • “Imagine had the tobacco industry been immune to prostitution“

      The tobacco industry was immune to “prostitution” for years, even successfully suppressing studies showing tobacco use leads directly to lung and Oral motor cancers.

      Even then, the real “prostitutes” were the senators and representatives who accepted large contributions from wealthy donors to prevent the passage of safety regulations regarding tobacco use.

      • Though as far back as the civil war, they were known as “coffin nails” (risks were well know) – got a prog explanation?

  5. Jim Crow Gun Control democRat Party joe yesterday. Jim Crow Gun Control democRat Party joe today. Jim Crow Gun Control democRat Party joe tomorrow.

  6. One can’t blame them for repetitious imaginary utterances. A leading clarification of this stems from “The Big Lie” where variations appear in a variety of places including from Hitler although no less accurate.

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

  7. 40 million free gun locking devices – ANYONE ever actually use one of the POS you were forced to buy with your new gat/some busybody cop “gave” you?

    • I used a trigger lock a few times several years ago–although I do not recall why.

      I imagine some people use those [email protected]$$ locks to reduce the chances of a baby or young toddler being able to harm themselves with a firearm.

  8. There is nothing negative that Americans can say about President Biden.
    There is nothing negative Americans can say about President Biden.
    There is nothing negative Americans can say about President Biden.
    There is nothing negative Americans can say about President Biden.
    There is nothing negative Americans can say about President Biden.
    There is nothing negative Americans can say about President Biden.
    He is the best there is, the best there was and the best that will ever be.
    God bless President Biden.

      • There is nothing negative Americans can say about Hillary or Obama
        There is nothing negative Americans can say about Hillary or Obama
        There is nothing negative Americans can say about Hillary or Obama

  9. At my age I don’t give a flying Fuck what any politician says or decides about the 2nd Amendment. The threat of a long jail sentence is no longer a deterrent to me doing what is necessary to protect my Rights. My Constitutional Rights will be the life of me or the death of me. Either way I die a Free man.

  10. His speech writer needs a Pulitzer just for “innashaddadapressah” and “batakafcare”.

    A true wordsmith was needed to create those gems.

  11. I gotta go shoot up some stop signs.
    Ain’t nothing like America says freedom to me then a Stop sign with holes in it.
    Gadsden is going to get a pic pretty quick. What do yo guys think, shotgunm it or riffle?

    • Depends on what you ammo you load into your riffle.
      Same could be said about your shotgunm.

      Hey, I think you just found out how to circumnavigate any weapons ban —

      “Honest, Mr. ATF man, I only own a riffle and a shotgunm. They’re not on your list.”

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