The upcoming election is pushing candidates to state their stand on certain topics. Right now, gun control is a big debate. And it seems like Biden's gun control agenda might make him lose votes.
Biden's Gun Control Agenda: Yay or Nay?
2020 has been a year of firsts.
The first time state economies were abruptly closed, the first time a healthy population was quarantined, and the first time a candidate ran for president that could not appear in public without a teleprompter.
It has also been a year in which gun and ammunition sales have skyrocketed to new heights.
And yet, amidst the entire country arming themselves to the teeth, Joe Biden finds it appropriate to tweet, “Weapons of war have no place in our communities. We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”
What’s more, is that Biden made the remark in response to two Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies being ambushed and shot – with a handgun.
How exactly would a high-capacity magazine ban prevent such an incident?
Perhaps the attack, which left both deputies hospitalized and requiring surgeries, could be attributed to public opinion of law enforcement, which has plummeted in recent months.
Calls to defund and dismantle police forces across the country have been accompanied by violent attacks on officers and precincts.
Police officers have been subjected to having bricks and fireworks thrown at them, as well as precincts vandalized and lit on fire.
Simultaneously, they are being prohibited from using tear gas, rubber bullets, or batons to defend themselves.
Gun Sales Still Going Up
As cities take very real action to diminish police forces and their involvement in their communities, Americans are flocking to gun stores in an effort to protect their families.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) reports that:
- 40% of gun sales in 2020 are to first-time gun owners, equating to roughly 5 million new supporters of the Second Amendment. And these 5 million new gun owners span multiple demographics.
- 58% of firearm purchases were among African-American men and women, the largest increase of any demographic group.
- Women comprised 40% of first-time gun purchasers.
- Retailers are seeing a 95% increase in firearm sales and a 139% increase in ammunition sales over the same period in 2019.
And yet, Biden refuses to acknowledge the surge in firearm sales in the United States.
Biden Calls It a Gun Problem
In fact, he has called on notoriously anti-gun former Texas Representative Robert “Beto” O’Rourke to help him “take care of” America’s “gun problem.”
“I want to make something clear: I’m going to guarantee you this is not the last you’ve seen of him. You’re going to take care of the gun problem with me. You’re going to be the one who leads this effort,” Biden said during a March campaign stop in Dallas, standing next to O’Rourke on stage. “I’m counting on you. I’m counting on you.”
In addition to trying to play both sides of the field on gun control, first advocating for more and then denying that he opposes the Second Amendment, Biden’s anger when he’s confronted on any topic isn’t helping him.
In March, when he was approached by an autoworker in Detroit about taking away our guns, Biden’s response was confusing: “You’re full of shit. I did not. No, no, shush. Shush. I support the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment,” Biden responded, incorrectly calling the AR-15, an AR-14. “Gimme a break man. Don’t be such a horse’s ass.”
Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, has suggested that if they win in November, a mandatory nationwide buyback of AR-15s could be on the way.
For a nation that is more fully embracing our right to bear arms than in any other year, Biden's gun control agenda will not be winning over voters anytime soon.
Though Biden might be considered “moderate” on some issues, gun control is not one of them.
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