Joe Biden last week enacted new gun regulations via executive order; in the announcement, he added that there are other regulations that will be carried forward in Congress.
During the press conference where he unveiled the deepening of gun control, the president addressed what he called an “epidemic” of gun crimes.
He added that this alleged epidemic has made the U.S. “an international disgrace.”
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The regulations to be enacted according to the White House are:
- The Department of Justice, within 60 days, will publish a “red flag” model legislation for states.
- The Department of Justice, within 60 days, will issue a proposed rule to clarify when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively converts a handgun into a short-barreled rifle, subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.
- The Department of Justice, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.”
These regulations that Biden has pushed for are especially focused on AR pistols; he also pushed for the elimination of supposed “legal protections” for gun manufacturers because they are not being sued.
Gun Control Myths vs. Reality
Biden stressed in his press conference that gun control is the solution to the “gun crime epidemic”. For that reason, he said he would move forward with a ban on AR-15s.
FBI’s figures on the most common type of weapon used in homicides show that more knives and sharp objects are used than rifles.
According to the aggregate figures, some 10,258 homicides were committed with firearms. Of those, 358 were with rifles and nearly 1,500 were with knives. Following Biden’s logic, knives should be outlawed as well (although there would be a serious problem to use butter in houses).
On the other hand, Biden’s complaint about the legal privileges that gun manufacturers have is unfounded.
In reality, the protections Biden criticizes come from the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which shields manufacturers from banal lawsuits, not all lawsuits.
The goal of this law, in short, is to protect manufacturers from cases where a firearm was legally manufactured and distributed but was used criminally.
The text of the law clearly states:
Businesses in the United States that are engaged in interstate and foreign commerce through the lawful design, manufacture, marketing, distribution, importation, or sale to the public of firearms or ammunition products that have been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce are not, and should not, be liable for the harm caused by those who criminally or unlawfully misuse firearm products or ammunition products that function as designed and intended.
In addition, for manufacturers to have “immunity” they need absolute legal protection, but they can be sued for defective products and criminal misconduct exercised from the factory. So the new gun control is based on another lie.
Another myth used by Biden for gun control is the high rate of gun deaths. Yet, data shows that two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides. That is, they are not mass shootings as the Democrats insinuate.
Biden’s gun control is based on outright lies; there are no facts, just pure rhetoric to take guns away from the public and attack the Constitution.
Rafael Valera, Venezuelan, student of Political Science, political exile in São Paulo, Brazil since 2017 // Rafael Valera, venezolano, es estudiante de Ciencias Políticas y exiliado político en São Paulo, Brasil desde 2017