[Ed: This is a thorough overview of what this election appears to be bringing us. Though it was written prior to November 3 for SCOPE-NY’s bulletin Firing Lines, its prescience is less important than the reality facing us now. Thanks to SCOPE-NY, fighting on our behalf in New York state, and its president, Tom Reynolds. Minimally edited for DRGO.]
Joe Biden has said that he is the Democrat Party. Taken directly from the Democrat platform in a section called “Healing the Soul of America”, below is Joe Biden’s platform on gun control.
Democrats / Joe Biden will:
End online sales of guns and ammunition (5 times as many people die from alcoholism as from non-suicide gun shots but you can still buy liquor online. Don’t address problems – just make political points.)
Close dangerous loopholes that currently allow stalkers, abusive partners, and some individuals convicted of assault or battery to buy and possess firearms (Let those same stalkers, abusive partners and assaulters out of jail – without bail – so they are free to threaten people again and be released again, if caught again. Wasn’t the movie Groundhog Day about something like this?)
Enact universal background checks (No transferring of a gun to a legally allowed relative without government permission. Also, see the Charleston Loophole, below.)
Adequately fund the federal background check system and close the “Charleston loophole” (Currently, the FBI has 3 days to do a NICS check or the sale can proceed. Democrats want at least a 30 day waiting period. Great way for “The Swamp” to kill gun stores. But the FBI would never abuse its authority…would it?)
Prevent individuals who have been convicted of hate crimes from possessing firearms (The definition of “Hate Crimes” will soon be changed to criticizing anything the Democrats like.)
Ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines (Democrats’ ultimate goal is to expand the definition of an Assault Weapon to anything that assaults their snowflake feelings.)
Incentivize states to enact licensing requirements for owning firearms (Use tax dollars to bribe the states. If the government can license a constitutional right then it can also refuse to license a constitutional right.)
Incentivize states to enact extreme risk protection order laws that allow courts to temporarily remove guns from the possession of those who are a danger to themselves or others (Use tax dollars to bribe the states while ignoring about half a dozen Amendments to the Constitution.)
Pass legislation requiring that guns be safely stored in homes (Another of those pesky Constitutional Amendments [#4] to be ignored. If you are being assaulted, just call a time out so you can unlock your weapon.)
Gun companies should be held responsible for their products, just like any other business, and prioritize repealing the law that shields gun manufacturers from civil liability (Will politicians be personally responsible for criminals out without bail who then commit more crimes? Will Sanctuary Cities’ politicians be personally responsible for illegal aliens who commit crimes in their cities? Will car companies be responsible for vehicular assaults? Will liquor companies will be responsible for drunk drivers?)
Taken as a whole, these steps would eventually lead to no one legally owning a gun (except Democrat politicians, their friends and those protecting Democrat politicians). In fact, gun violence by criminals would undoubtedly increase since criminals don’t obey any of these laws and they would know they face disarmed citizens. (Remember Sean Connery’s famous line in the movie The Untouchables about bringing a knife to a gun fight.) Biden completely ignores that these steps would virtually eliminate legally owned guns from being used in self-defense; estimates on defensive gun use range from 50,000 to 2,500,000 per year, far outnumbering non-suicide gunshot deaths of 16,000.
But, hey, what do facts mean to a guy who believes Antifa is only an idea?
–Tom Reynolds is the president of SCOPE-NY.