With President-elect Joe Biden preparing to take his oath of office next week and his Democratic Party enjoying majority status in both chambers of Congress, some pundits are predicting that progressives will be pushing for a wish list of far-left agenda items to be passed prior to the 2022 midterm elections.
As Breitbart reported, one such effort is likely to target gun owners across the nation, as Biden referenced in remarks last week about a plan to “defeat” the National Rifle Association.
“To crush the rights of every gun owner”
In anticipation of Biden’s anti-gun measures, the Second Amendment Foundation recently reacted to the former vice president’s pledge.
“Biden has labored relentlessly for decades to reduce the Second Amendment to rubble. He may attack one group by name, but his goal is to crush the rights of every gun owner in our country,” said Alan Gottlieb, the group’s founder and executive vice president.
During his presidential campaign, Biden made multiple allusions to vague and sweeping plans to tackle the issue of gun violence — including a proposal that would regulate ownership of certain semiautomatic rifles and other firearms.
He has also signaled support for similar bans or restrictions on high-capacity magazines, leading to concerns among some gun owners regarding scarcity or prohibitive tax increases.
According to the Firearms Policy Coalition, gun-related regulations are expected to include the enactment of legislation “requiring a background check for all gun sales with very limited exceptions, such as gifts between close family members.”
“They should be illegal”
The Firearm Industry Trade Association has compiled a list of remarks Biden has made regarding the NRA and the nation’s gun laws in general throughout the campaign.
A short time after entering the crowded Democratic presidential primary, he declared: “Our enemy is the gun manufacturers, not the NRA, the gun manufacturers.”
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Biden fielded a question regarding gun owners “who say a Biden administration means they’re going to come for my guns.”
“Bingo,” the then-candidate interjected. “You’re right — if you have an assault weapon. The fact of the matter is they should be illegal. Period.”
In contrast, President Donald Trump spent much of the campaign declaring his support for a broad interpretation of the Second Amendment, telling Virginia votes about a year ago that Democrats “will take your guns away.”