Biden looks to significantly increase federal funding to ‘combat gun violence’

U.S. President Joe Biden’s newly-proposed budget for the 2024 Fiscal year includes massive funding increases for several federal government agencies so that they can target guns.  

According to the Daily Caller, Biden’s proposed budget would increase funding for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

The ATF, for example, would receive $1.9 billion under Biden’s proposed budget, which is $200 million more than it received in Fiscal Year 2023.

This is only a small part of the $17.8 billion “investment” that would go to the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) enforcement of the law.

The details

The proposed funding, according to the Daily Caller, “will be used to further regulate the firearms industry, create gun trafficking strike forces, enforce background checks, and implement the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.”

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act was signed into law, by Biden, in June 2022. Among other things, it expands background checks for gun purchasers and funds the implementation of red flag laws.

The FBI, under Biden’s newly-proposed budget, would get $51 million to continue conducting enhanced background checks for firearm purchasers as required by the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

Money would also go toward the implementation of red flag laws, which allow the government to take firearms away from an individual who is believed to be a danger either to himself or the community.

What else would you expect?

Biden and many of his fellow Democrats operate from the false premise that guns – rather than the people who misuse them – are the problem. Accordingly, it is safe to bet that most of this increased funding would go toward efforts to remove guns from the equation.

Let’s not forget that, since the implementation of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, Biden has had the ATF issue two rules that have increased the requirements for gun dealers: the stabilizing brace and ghost gun parts final rules.

Both final rules have been heavily criticized. But, the point is that lawful gun manufacturers are not the problem here – neither are lawful gun owners.

$6.69 trillion

Overall, Biden’s proposed budget for the 2024 Fiscal year adds up to a whopping $6.69 trillion.

Biden claims that his proposed budget is “a blue-collar blueprint to rebuild America in a fiscally responsible way that leaves no one behind.” Biden goes on to say something that is much more agreeable, namely, that, “today, our Nation is at an inflection point that will determine our future for decades to come.”

This is indeed the case, and Biden and his administration, as evidenced by the newly-proposed budget, appear determined to ensure that America’s future is bleak.

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