The Biden Gun Control Campaign: A Tale of Ineffectiveness

As President Biden's reelection campaign kicks into high gear, it's fixated on one major target: gun control. Amidst the unprecedented economic chaos our country faces today, the Biden Gun Control Campaign seems less like sound policy-making and more like a magician's smoke and mirrors act.

Biden Gun Control Campaign Takes Aim

Photo credit: America's 1st Freedom

Your AR-15 is in the Crosshairs

Biden has made his stance unequivocally clear: his administration hates your 2A rights, and especially that scary Modern Sporting Rifle (AR-15). Biden laid out a plan that targets what he labels “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines.” He feels that the AR-15 – a firearm as American as apple pie doesn't belong in the hands of Americans, unless of course they are using them to guard the gates to Hunter's Trap House, once known as the White House. His message on the Armalite rifle? Ban them, restrict them, and hey, if you can't do that, at least make them much harder to buy.

The Reality of American Gun Ownership

A recent NBC News poll revealed the fact that gun ownership in the American electorate has hit record highs. More Americans are packing heat than ever before.

This poll found that 52% of American households reported owning guns. That's over half the country! So, when President Biden beats the drum about clamping down on gun rights, he's not just talking to a small group of fringe enthusiasts – he's addressing over half the nation.

American Gun Ownership Poll

Notes: November 2023 poll among registered voters; all other polls among American adults.
Source: Nov. 2023 NBC News poll; previous NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls

But let’s add a bit more gunpowder to this discussion. Why do Americans own guns? The reasons are as diverse as our great nation itself. Self-defense, hunting, sport shooting, collecting – these are just a few of the reasons why Americans cherish their Second Amendment rights. It's not just about owning a piece of metal; it's about what that metal represents: freedom, security, and a heritage that dates back to the founding of this country.

Now, contrast this with Biden's recent comments. He’s focusing on a ban on what he terms “assault weapons” – a term as vague as a politician’s promise – and high-capacity magazines. But here's the kicker: the vast majority of gun owners are law-abiding citizens. They’re not the ones causing the ruckus on the nightly news. They're your neighbors, friends, and family members – responsible citizens who understand and respect the power they wield.

In this landscape of burgeoning gun ownership, Biden’s campaign seems to be shooting in the dark. It’s like trying to lasso a tornado – chaotic, misguided, and, frankly, a little out of touch with the reality on the ground. America’s gun culture is deeply rooted and widely embraced. Any policy that fails to recognize this might just end up being as effective as a screen door on a submarine. This begs the question, is this really about safety or is it just to appease the donors that fill the coffers of the Biden administration? Or perhaps it's an attempt to take the focus off an economy that is in complete shambles…

Who Needs an AR-15 When the ATF is Your Weapon of Choice

ATF peaking over the fence to ask what's in the box

The Biden Gun Control Campaign has made it clear that they will happily weaponize the ATF when it comes to it's attacks on Armed Americans and the industry that supports them. President Biden hasn't been shy about his feelings toward the firearm industry, branding it as “the enemy” in a statement covered by the NSSF. Now, calling a major segment of American manufacturing the “enemy” is a bold strategy, to say the least. The firearm industry isn't just a bunch of folks selling guns; it's a critical part of the U.S. economy, responsible for thousands of jobs and a significant contributor to our national GDP.

This isn't just about economics; it's about a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution. When you target the industry that enables Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights, you're not just attacking a business – you're challenging a cornerstone of American freedom.

The next tactic is the administration's “Zero Tolerance” policy, as critiqued by Gun Owners of America. This policy is about as well-received by gun sellers as a skunk at a lawn party. We're not talking about cracking down on nefarious arms dealers here. This is about penalizing legitimate, law-abiding gun sellers for what often amount to minor clerical errors.

This heavy-handed approach doesn't just strain the folks trying to make a living in the firearm industry; it also raises some serious questions about the infringement of rights. Imagine getting your entire livelihood yanked away because of a misplaced comma or a typo. It's like getting a speeding ticket for going 0.5 mph over the limit – it's technically breaking the law, but come on!

Lastly, we need to look at the administration's decision to put a pause on firearm exports, a move reported by Reuters. This isn't just an internal affair; it has global repercussions. The U.S. is a key player in the international firearm market, and putting exports on ice sends ripples through global trade and diplomacy.

It's like America decided to take its ball and go home, leaving international partners and allies in a lurch. This move doesn’t just impact the industry's bottom line; it impacts the U.S.'s standing on the world stage. It’s a classic case of shooting oneself in the foot – economically and diplomatically speaking.

When you combine the antagonistic stance toward the firearm industry, the zero-tolerance policy's overreach, and the halting of firearm exports, you've got a trifecta that could spell trouble for gun rights, the economy, and America's global reputation. It's a scenario that leaves gun sellers, manufacturers, and enthusiasts alike once again wondering: Is this really about safety, or is it about control?

Biden Gun Control Approach: Fear as Ammo

Biden's campaign has been quick on the draw, using gun control as its new weapon of choice against Trump, who hasn't been sending enough mean tweets to fuel the leftist TDS these days. According to The Hill, the Biden camp is painting a stark, almost apocalyptic picture of what a Trump presidency might mean for gun violence in America.

Biden's strategy seems to be leveraging fear – fear of more guns, more shootings, more chaos under a Trump administration. It's a classic fearmongering tactic: paint the other guy as the harbinger of doom, and position yourself as the savior.

What we're witnessing here is the political weaponization of gun control. It's not just a debate about policies and laws; it's become a key storyline in the political drama of who gets to sit in the Oval Office. But what's getting lost in this theatrical gunfight is the nuanced reality of gun violence and gun rights in America.

Using gun control as a campaign tool oversimplifies a complex issue. It turns a multifaceted debate into a black-and-white narrative: you're either with us or against us. It’s like saying you can only like westerns or sci-fi movies, but not both. Reality, however, isn't that straightforward. There are multiple layers to the gun debate, including mental health, socio-economic factors, and the very real need for self-defense.

My Thought: Gun Control is a High-Stakes Gamble

This focus on gun control in President Biden’s reelection campaign will not only be ineffective but will likely have adverse effects. This approach will backfire and the good guys will win in this battle. I have faith that Armed Americans will rally against these infringements on their constitutional rights.

President Biden's reviving of the gun control agenda will only exacerbate existing divisions within our nation, further polarizing the Republic and raising tensions over constitutional rights in the United States. But, perhaps that is all part of the plan.

Buckle up for the election year ahead.

 

 

About Mitch Goerdt

Mitch Goerdt is the Director of Marketing and Events at ConcealedCarry.com. Born and raised amongst the Northeastern woods and waters of Minnesota, Mitch's childhood was filled with adventure, sports, and a deep appreciation for the outdoor lifestyle. His early career saw him don the hat of a mechanic and welder in the taconite mines. However, the call of distant horizons was too strong to resist. Mitch embarked on a journey across the country, soaking in diverse cultures and landscapes. This quest for knowledge also led him back to school, where he secured a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing Communications. Today, at ConcealedCarry.com, Mitch spends his days crafting content and using his imagination and skills to leave an impression on his audience. Outside the professional realm, he is a lifelong learner who finds solace in outdoor adventures and satisfies his love of athletics and competition in the world of competitive slowpitch softball.

15 Comments

  1. Fred L Marley on November 29, 2023 at 3:18 pm

    I say yes and amen to all of your points but I would add that Biden, a one-worlder, the direct descendent of Obama (politically) is DESPERATE to get rid of guns in this country to make us ripe for conquest by foreign enemies. Why else would this vile regime target ARs which are excellent weapons that are RARELY used in crimes? (Personal opinion)

    • Mitch Goerdt on November 29, 2023 at 4:37 pm

      Appreciate the comment. I can see where you are coming from and how you could come to your conclusions. I am certain that there are those out there that do wish to see the fall of America, but I think the biggest fight we face personally in ensuring we remain strong and free is against simple ignorance rather than pure evil.

      • cbthayer12 on November 29, 2023 at 5:41 pm

        I must disagree with you.

        IGNORANCE can lead to injustice, injury, and death, but it is generally relatively benign in it’s power because it lacks focus and coordination to achieve an end.

        EVIL, however, rallies its power and its allies to incessantly hammer at its opponents using strategy and focused intent. It wields more total power by its coordinated effort as well as more precise targeting by its collaborative allies, and thus is exponentially more powerful and potentially damaging than chaotic Ignorance.

        Do not disregard the fact that Evil IS out there and with a conscious effort to destroy its enemies. And don’t think that Individual Freedoms is in any way a goal of Evil.

        • Mitch Goerdt on November 30, 2023 at 5:08 pm

          I certainly do not disregard the existence of “evil” in the world. We have countless examples of men who acted out of hatred or a complete lack of most human emotion or respect for what is moral. Those men consciously used the ignorance of other men to reach their goals.

          The overwhelming majority of us will never have to face or fight that kind of evil up close, but we will face the ignorance that evil prays upon daily. That is why I stand by what I said in that the fight against ignorance is the biggest threat we face personally.

    • Gary on December 23, 2023 at 10:18 pm

      I and a multitude of people who are gun owners would appreciate it if you would leave our guns alone. The number of ar15s that are in the position of law biding citizens are the only thing keeping any and all foreign countries from invading us we are the militia that the 2nd Amendment talks about and shall not be infringed and that means no one including the president of the United States

  2. Stan Pefley on November 29, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    The Second Amendment needs to be read in the context of 1700s when only muzzle loader single shot guns were available. It refers to a militia, so gun control was intended for people who were not in a militia. AR15s are not needed for hunting, so banning them is acceptable. Too many people are shot when those guns get into the wrong hands and they are so available, they easily get in the possession of the mentally ill.

    • Mitch Goerdt on November 29, 2023 at 4:32 pm

      The Supreme Court ruling in D.C. vs Heller disagrees with your thoughts on what you believe the fore fathers meant when they wrote the 2nd Amendment. The Ar15 platform is widely used for hunting. And our Rights are not up for debate because a person has the opinion that they don’t personally need to use a tool that millions of people use every single day. The facts do not support your opinions. Thanks for commenting though.

    • Greg Swank on November 29, 2023 at 4:41 pm

      You really should read the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers and learn about the failure of people, democracies and republics. Try to understand what is being said in this quote from Alexander Fraser Tytler: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.”

      “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; …who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

      “The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

    • Doug Biller on November 29, 2023 at 5:31 pm

      Muzzle loading guns in 1700 were also assigned to the military. AR 15 is used in coyote hunting and other hunting functions. Also my friend answer me this….why is it that major gangs have possession of fully automatic AK 47. And AR 15s. And why are you trying to take away rights of law abiding gun owners. Let me tell you this with the defund the police politicians and gun grabbers how are you going to defend yourself or your family looking down the barrel of an illegally armed person.??

    • cbthayer12 on November 29, 2023 at 6:02 pm

      Stan Pelfey, you are wrong on EACH of your comments.

      “The Second Amendment needs to be read in the context of 1700s when …” the Founding Fathers were considering how to maintain a balance between an unknown concept of newly formed government and a Free Citizenship could be maintained. That “context” included a realization that governments tend to usurp their powers, and the Founding Fathers saw the only way to balance those powers was to assure the Citizen’s of the same ultimate power on level with the government. In that perspective you are right: they expected the Citizens to have Rifles (much better, in fact, than the military issued “muskets” ~ if you understood the difference). And they would then expect the Citizens to *continue* to advance their personal arms in step with their government.

      The militia mentioned is but ONE example of legitimate use “by the People” ~ it is not an exclusionary use. Self-Defense was (and is) an “inalienable right” of every living thing, and it is a right and a use demonstrated by Citizens more than a million times a year. Hunting has nothing to do with the 2A except as “another use” for these weapons. But ARs (and many other rifles types) are used by hunters of many stripes for many different hunting activities and is but one more of the “legal uses” mentioned by the Supreme Court in the Bruen decision.

      And finally, rifles generally and ARs specifically are identified for an extremely small percentage (less than 2%, I think) of the violent murders by firearms each year and would not even register a blip on the numbers if they were ALL “disappeared” overnight.

      If you really believe ARs are so deadly and misused, then how do you explain the MILLIONS of them that are in lawful Citizens’ hands that do NOT kill, and also account for many Defensive Gun Use events each year? By your logic, there should at least be Tens-of-Thousands of deaths by AR-wielding gunmen each year.

    • Chuck on November 30, 2023 at 5:51 am

      Little known is the fact that by law every male is already IN the militia. Check this out from US Code 10:
      § 246. Militia: composition and classes
      (a) The militia of the United States consists of
      all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age
      and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32,
      under 45 years of age who are, or who have made
      a declaration of intention to become, citizens of
      the United States and of female citizens of the
      United States who are members of the National Guard.
      So, the militia argument does not really have any standing at all unless you are over 45. SInce we already have laws against age related discrimination, good luck with that one.

  3. Greg Swank on November 29, 2023 at 4:26 pm

    “Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.” ~ John F Kennedy, 35th President of these United States.

    Freedom and liberty are fleeting if not defended. The Republic under the Constitution is the bulwark of freedom and liberty; and power, as Mao said, “come from the muzzle of guns.” When only the government has the power of guns, the Republic, freedom and liberty are lost. Why would a tyrant listen to an unarmed public? Many years ago, Janet Reno, appointed by Bill Clinton, said the following in so many words, “The most effective means of fighting crime in the United States is to outlaw the possession of any type of firearm by the civilian populace. Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal.”

    Footnotes:
    “We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.” ~ William J. Clinton, 1994, “Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton, 1993”, p.223. I wonder what Rights Bill had in mind…1st, 2nd, 10th or all of them?

    “Banning guns is an idea whose time has come.” ~ Joe Biden, nwitimes.com. November 18, 1993.

    “How I learned to love the New World Order.” ~ “Joe Biden on Creating a ‘New World Order'” by William F. Jasper April 8, 2013, http://www.thenewamerican.com. April 8, 2013.

  4. Greg Swank on November 29, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    Gun control – fear is the enforcer. The Liberals pass “gun control laws” that are intended to make law-abiding citizens fearful of guns, owning guns and using guns, and the laws have no effects on criminals or criminality, other than making law-abiding citizens felons if they make an innocent mistake that is “against” the newly created law. Washington and Oregon state Liberals just passed or are working to pass such laws in each state that are so convoluted and all encompassing it is unlikely that these have any other purpose than creating the fear of entrapment.

    Whenever gun control and gun confiscation comes up, I can’t help but think of what JFK said way back in the 60’s: “Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.”

  5. Gary on November 29, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    The 2nd amendment is the shortest amendment written by our founders. It is very simple and precise in its wording,it was written so that years in the future that people that are reading this amendment will not be able to not understand what they ment it to stand for even in 2023. Everything evolves and gets better and that goes for the ar15, this firearm is just a musket that evolved into the modern day ar15 we use today. Someone said something about a militia well in that militia they used muskets and people that weren’t in the militia also used muskets, so it stands to reason that in this day and age that people that are not in the militia could and would use the ar15 in their private lives. The fact that more than half the people in the United States are armed is in itself a very important detourant to foreigner countries that would like to invade our country and take away our freedom. I say that we keep our guns and especially our ar15s so that if we are ever invaded we heaven the same weapons they have to defend ourselves. If president Biden want to ban them I say based on than fact alone don’t vote for Biden for president and in the same breath please don’t vote for trump either. One is probably just as bad as the other. Not a great situation to be in for the future election. Please fight to make the 2nd Amendment stronger than it ever was in 1700s. Good luck to us all

    • Clark Kent on December 1, 2023 at 12:11 am

      So if I don’t vote for Biden or Trump should I vote for Kennedy? C’mon, man! With friends like you, who needs enemies?

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