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Biden, 2nd Amendment, and Reason

Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2023
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The Biden Administration is patently anti-gun, pushing a number of capricious executive orders, legal positions, and legislative measures intended to clip, perhaps eventually emasculate, the 2nd Amendment. But perspective is also important. Conservative reactions should be rational, thoughtful, not hysterical. 

No doubt should exist in the public mind that society is awash in violence, for lots of reasons – open borders, permissive drug trafficking, reduced support for police, incitement by politically motivated activists, plus inattention to harmony, social cohesion, those who fan hate, a failure to educate.

At our best – what we should be reminding each other, and teaching all younger Americans – that we aspire to be a good people, our “neighbors’ keeper,” and “one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.”  Yes, our neighbor’s keeper, faith in God, liberty, Justice for All.  Sadly, public trust is sliding.

So, what happens when public trust – in government, social cohesion, safety, border security, anti-drug actions, police funding and support – begins to slide? Is it not obvious? Fear grows.

And what happens when fear grows? People decide to protect themselves. This happens – and happened – in all times and places, curtailed only by oppression, which generally fails.  In pre-free India, South Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia, and nations back to the dawn of time, freedom-loving people prepare, arm, and feel the need to protect.

So, how does that relate to now?  Simple.  People – women and men, adult older and younger, rural, urban and suburban, various minorities and – however you assess the majority – are buying guns.

Here is the data: Gun sales in the US tripled between 2005 and 2020. While gun sales picked up during Obama’s tenure, they went vertical during the pandemic – and after Biden became president – with 18 percent of all American households buying guns between March 2020 and March 2022 alone.

Compounding public loss of faith in government’s desire and ability to protect families, the pandemic raised armed households from 32 percent to 46 percent, with 7.5 million Americans becoming new gun owners between 2019 and 2021. And 20 million who already owned guns, bought more guns.

In a nation with 400 million legal firearms, Americans – with growing fear for their lives and families’ safety, untrusting of government, self-reliant – bought another 60 million between 2019 and 2021.

We Americans, whatever else you wish to say about us, are thoughtful when we need to be – we value our sense of preparedness, senses of humor, perspective, generosity – and our personal safety. When the government fails, or worse becomes a promotor of disarming the citizens, do not expect that to fly.

And let us dispose of a few myths right here.  These are not big, dumb, deterrence obsessed, testosterone- or muscle-heavy white males buying new guns. More than half of all new gun owners – are women.

And equally enlightening, minorities are leading the drive for self-protection, in the absence of political support for the police, and as their neighborhoods are ravaged by drug violence and crime. Black gun ownership, as federal and private records affirm, is rising fast. In fact, a record number of blacks are registering and buying firearms.

All of this is prelude, or a foundation, for stories now emerging about the Biden Administration – which plainly despises these numbers, rising gun ownership, a focus on self-protection, public self-help and awareness that Biden and his gung-ho justice activists have actually been making us all less safe.

The Biden White House, pushing ATF to get tough on gun dealers, the way 85,000 newly hired IRS agents – many armed – are getting tough on taxpayers, has initiated over the past year a new policy.  They have begun to crack down on federal gun dealers, who do business under a license. They are pulling licenses.

This has caused the gun industry to “cry foul,” as they rightly should – since nothing objectively has changed in America, certainly not favoring fewer public firearms dealers. On the numbers again – as facts are stubborn things – 2021 saw 21 federal arms dealers get licenses pulled. In fiscal 2023, not yet even over, FIVE times that number have been pulled, already 122.

Okay, now – is this a trend? Yes. Is this likely harassment? Sure looks that way, but the issue is starting to see some light. Is this reason for concern? Yes, since any marked change in the 2nd Amendment’s promise of access to arms and ammunition is an instant constitutional issue.

But is this reason for hysteria, rather than rational legal, legislative, and political pushback? No. No? No. Here is why. As of 2022, we have 52,910 federal firearms dealers. Texas alone has more than 10,000, and on the blue side, California has more than 8,000.  Americans want their guns, and so far the trend is modest.

Is all this reason to take a deep breath, breathe easy, think that our Second Amendment is free from capricious executive orders, legal actions, legislative, or judicial emasculation? No. 

Notably, one former Supreme Court Justice – a left-leaner replaced by a more left-leaner, Justice Stevens replaced by non-judge Harvard dean Elana Kagan – argued we should repeal the 2nd Amendment.

What we should do is what rational Americans, defending their God-given rights, including self-protection, have always done – speak up, write, protest, run for office, and defend with words, dollars, votes, and conviction the rights to which we are all entitled, men and women, all hues and views.

Biden’s team is after the 2nd Amendment, but they have a ways to go in a nation with 400 million guns, 350 million people who think rights matter, 52,000 federal firearm dealers, and reason on their side.

Robert Charles is a former Assistant Secretary of State under Colin Powell, former Reagan and Bush 41 White House staffer, attorney, and naval intelligence officer (USNR). He wrote “Narcotics and Terrorism” (2003), “Eagles and Evergreens” (2018), and is National Spokesman for AMAC.

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Lieutenant Beale
Lieutenant Beale
8 months ago

I believe in complete gun control.

Maintain a firm grip on the pistol using a modified Weaver stance and hitting your target with a well placed “double tap” with zero collateral damage.
Now that’s gun control we can use.
Want more gun control?
Attend firearms instruction courses at a premier training facility such as Gunsite in Arizona or Frontsight Academy in Virgina.

Richard Hollingshead
Richard Hollingshead
8 months ago

the reason so many school shooting is because the government made schools a gun free zone. I still remember a saying government is not the solution it is the problem.

anna hubert
anna hubert
8 months ago

Gun control is waste of time It is crime and the criminal that must be dealt with There is no will to do so To even suggest that is white supremacy discriminatory and racist At least there is an acknolegement who the criminals are

Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
8 months ago

Very important article Robert, you made it clear that the common sense issues, regarding people protecting themselves, are being considered by most people — in a common sense way. Those who want to get rid of 2nd Amendment rights , remind me of that episode from the 1950’s television show ” The Honeymooners” — where Ralph and Norton needed to move a large, heavy chest of drawers and they agreed it was too heavy to handle, and it would help to take the drawers out of the chest , that would make it lighter, easier to pick up and move. So, they take each drawer out and put them on top of the chest ! Then they pick up the chest and agree that it is much better , easier to pickup with the drawers removed ! The thinking of those who believe that making society less safe with the defend the police mentality is similar to the chest of drawers example . This is a very good bit of good reasoning you presented Robert , Well Done !

Lawrence Greenberg
Lawrence Greenberg
8 months ago

Too many people have a simple and basic misunderstanding about “gun control.” “Gun control” is not now, and has never been, about crime, criminals, or public safety. Quite frankly, the Left couldn’t give a rat’s behind about crime, criminals, or public safety. Gun control is, and has always been, about disarming the citizenry so they cannot represent a threat to the government once the Left establishes the dictatorship they have been working toward since the 1960s and, thanks to the stolen elections of November 2020, January 2021, and November 2022, are now in the process of consolidating. The key word in the term “gun control” is not “gun” – it is “control.” 
A quick study of basic world history will show that one of the first actions taken by every Communist government upon their takeover was to go to all of the local police stations, get the lists of gun owners, and then go door to door and disarm everyone. That is why the Communists – er, I mean the Democrats – want a national gun registry. Is there really anyone at this point in time who still does not understand this?
And by the way, it is way beyond disingenuous that the Left always speaks of “we need gun control” as if there were currently no laws concerning firearms. There are now more than 24,000 gun control laws in effect at the federal, state, and local levels in this nation. Every conceivable aspect of firearm purchase, ownership, and use is covered dozens of times over. Firearms are by far the single most regulated and restricted consumer product in this nation. The only ones who are impacted by all these laws, however, are the law-abiding, which of course is the goal. Criminals very rarely (check the FBI data on this) even attempt to obtain firearms through legal channels, and are thus unaffected by “gun control.” As I stated above, “gun control” has nothing to do with crime or criminals.

Morbious
Morbious
8 months ago

They’re constantly pushing gun control because they have plans for us. The plans will be radical in order to address so called climate change. Long before the final solution was formalized, the very first people disarmed in germany were jews, even decorated ww1 vets. They knew what they wanted to do but were unsure of exactly how. I fear its the same today.

David
David
8 months ago

The 2nd Amendment is the last obstacle to the NWO.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
8 months ago

I heard in WWII, the Japanese feared invading the US because they believed every citizen owned a gun. Eventually, these leftists are going to keep poking at half the country until we actually start using them. They know it and that’s why they’re after them. They can’t “invade” if we’re armed!

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis
8 months ago

“open borders, permissive drug trafficking, reduced support for police, incitement by politically motivated activists, plus inattention to harmony, social cohesion, those who fan hate, a failure to educate”
Government creates the need and desire for guns, stimulates their purchase and then tells us they need to pass laws curbing assault weapons. Disingenuous anyone?
Furthermore, the anti-gun crowd attempt, illegally to circumvent the legislature, whose role is to write laws, with Presidential Executive orders!
Both the Executive and Legislative bodies should first ask the Supreme Court if a regular passed by Congress and signed by the President can legally remove or abridge a God given right to protect oneself and our families and TRUMP the 2nd Amendment of our Bill of Rights? I for one believe the 1st and 2nd Amendments are inviolable.
I do not know how my fellow citizens feel about the issue, but I for one tire of various groups asking for money to defend my freedoms and protect existing laws. I cannot afford it and should not have to pay for what is supposed to be foundational. If government wants my liberty teeth, God help them when they come to take them!
Government should fear free men and not the other way around!

Thomas
Thomas
8 months ago

“The fastest way to enslave a people is to disarm them” George Mason. It has worked fir every totalitarian government and the soros owned democrats will certainly try. The 2nd amendment is not about hunting.

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis
8 months ago

More Frightening But 100% True Facts About Guns
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytyms4cNSbo

jocko
jocko
8 months ago

THE CANCEROUS, ANTI-AMERICAN, CHEATING, LYING libs WANT TO BAN ALL GUNS TO USE A NATIONAL POLICE FORCE WHICH WE BE VERY CORRUPT, JUST LIKE THE fbi, doj, cia AND secret service ARE, ALLA, mexican AND russian POLICE (CORRUPT)

jocko
jocko
8 months ago

DEPOT ALL liberals, illegals AND THE ONCE HONORABLE, fbi, doj, cia AND OF LATE, THE secret service TO THE NEW AUCHWITZ FOR ROAS……… TO MAGA

jocko
jocko
8 months ago

ALL libs ARE LIARS AND DO NOT POSSES THE MENTAL ABILITY TO REASON IN AN INTELLIGENT MANNER. LAWS MEAN NOTHING TO them AND they ARE THE ENEMY OF OUR NATION

Craig Robertson
Craig Robertson
8 months ago

I believe in god guns and that fbi has better aim.

I believe
I believe
8 months ago

I Believe most of the touch here would just get shot in the back in real life.

thank you lol

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