As President Joe Biden remembered third anniversary of the lives lost during the tragic Parkland High School shooting, he decided to slip in a demand for Congress to add some new gun control laws. Many believe the additional laws are an illegal attack on the Second Amendment.
In his statement to Congress, Biden wrote, “I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.”
It’s not really a call for “unity” when nearly a third of Americans own a firearm in a nation where there are more guns than people. Instead of mourning the lives of victims and encouraging future safety in schools, Biden’s statement snuck in some political payback language. But based on recent firearm sales, it’s doubtful the nation’s voters would support his move.
In 2020, most firearm sellers experienced massive spikes in sales. The average gun owner struggled to find a store where they could buy ammo, while new potential gun buyers struggled to find a single firearm in stock at major retailers.
Yet last week Democrat Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined gun safety advocates to introduce five new bills related to firearms. These include The Firearm Risk Protection Act that would require all gun purchasers to hold liability insurance and restrict retail gun sales without proof of coverage.
If passed, a gun buyer would have to show proof of gun liability insurance before buying a firearm. This is in addition to making sure to keep insurance current, similar to auto insurance. While this move would work out nicely for insurance companies, it would also add new expenses to gun buyers designed to further restrict Second Amendment rights.
And don’t forget the penalty for violating the newly-proposed act. Violators could face up to $10,000 for not insuring firearms. The strategy seems to be if you can’t legally take firearms from Americans, just litigate them into poverty until they can’t afford them.
While passing such measures would have been unlikely in recent years under a Trump veto and a Republican-led Senate, the scenario is much different now. The House and Senate are both under Democrat control, and any firearm measure that makes it through would certainly be signed by President the Biden.
Many patriotic Americans don’t support these actions, but feel helpless to stop the erosion of Second Amendment rights. What can be done? For now, make your voice heard through letters, messages, and calls to your Congress member and Senator, whether they are Republican or Democrat.
Second, 2022 is quickly approaching. The best way to change the situation long-term is new political leadership. Make sure to support Constitution-loving conservatives for the House and Senate for the midterm elections. If not, we may face even greater restrictions to our nation’s Second Amendment freedoms in the days ahead.