By Lee Williams
For gun owners, Joe Biden’s FY2022 discretionary budget plan is an assault on our individual freedoms and civil liberties, an assault that could cost us both billions of taxpayer dollars as well as our guns.
Whoever actually wrote the plan is a master of creative writing — fiction writing — to be sure.
For example, Biden’s budget plan first refers to gun violence as a “public health epidemic” in a paragraph that’s sandwiched between two legitimate epidemics: opioid addiction and AIDS.
To address this “gun violence public health crisis,” Biden wants to give $2.1 billion — an increase of $232 million — to the Department of Justice, to “improve background check systems, and invest in new programs to incentivize State adoption of gun licensing laws and establish voluntary gun buyback pilot programs.”
Don’t forget that the buyback program Biden has frequently called for is designed for our ARs, AKs and other popular rifles, and there’s nothing voluntary about it. It’s confiscation, pure and simple.
His own campaign website shows that Biden wants to “institute a program to buy back weapons of war currently on our streets. This will give individuals who now possess assault weapons or high-capacity magazines two options: sell the weapons to the government, or register them under the National Firearms Act.” Those who don’t comply could be charged with illegal possession of an NFA-regulated firearm – a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Biden wants to give the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives $1.6 billion, an increase of $70 million, “to oversee the safe sale, storage, and ownership of firearms and to support the agency’s other work to fight violent crime.”
In addition, he wants to double funding for “firearm violence prevention research” at the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health. Who better to help maintain the fiction that guns are a public health epidemic than the CDC and NIH, right?
Most worrisome, however, is the funding Biden wants to spend on domestic terrorism, especially since the definition of “domestic terrorism” seems to expand every single day. It now includes both critics of the Biden-Harris administration as well as parents who may object to the actions of their local school board.
Biden’s budget plan would give $45 million to the FBI to investigate domestic terrorism, $40 million to U.S. Attorneys to prosecute more domestic terrorism cases, $12 million to the U.S Marshals Service to arrest domestic terrorists, $131 million to the Department of Homeland Security for domestic terrorism prevention and, of course, $4 million to the National Institute of Justice for domestic terrorism research.
While I’m very concerned about real domestic terrorists — those who seek to kill Americans and/or violently overthrow our system of government — I’m more concerned about foreign terrorists. Foreign terrorists have killed Americans. Irate parents who may object to their school’s mask mandate or curriculum have yet to crash any planes.
If Joe Biden has his way, it will only be a matter of time before gun owners are labeled domestic terrorists, especially those of us who own what Biden calls “weapons of war.” We’ve known for a long time Joe Biden wants our guns. This is how he intends to pay for it.
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