While the Democratic nominee may not be officially chosen for months, one thing is clear—regardless who the nominee is, he or she will be anti-gun. Bernie Sanders seems to be the current front runner, and actually had best (of the worst) voting records on Second Amendment issues. However, according to his campaign rhetoric, that will change. Sanders said what he needed to say to get elected in Vermont as a senator. Today, he is off the leash and in full-blown anti-gun mode. As for the worst voting record, the blue ribbon would likely have to go to Joe Biden.
During recent rallies and debates, Joe Biden has channeled his best Clint Eastwood and puffed out his chest when warning the gun manufacturers that he is “coming for them.”
During one of his town halls, Biden was quoted by the Washington Examiner.
A guy has 12 assault weapons with bump stocks, which means you can fire it faster; you can pull the trigger faster. And 100 rounds, why in God’s name should anyone, anyone, anyone be able to own that? It’s just wrong, and we’ve got to—and I promise you as president, I am going to—get these guys.
Biden went on express his desire to curtail the production of firearms in the United States and boast his anti-gun record as a lawmaker.
I want to let them know. I promise you. I’m the only guy that has beaten the gun manufacturers. I’m the only guy that has beaten the NRA nationally, and I did it twice—nationally. And gun manufacturers, I’m coming for you. Period.
Later, Biden reiterated his gun control message to Moms Demand Action, where he attacked fellow 2020 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders on guns.
“Too many Republicans and some Democrats, like Bernie Sanders, voted five times against the Brady bill that I was passing,” Biden said. “Five times against background checks and waiting periods.”
What did Biden really do though? Let’s not give him undue credit to whip up fear among gun owners.
I don’t want to overhype Biden’s accomplishments or ring any bells of alarm. To be honest, Biden was not all that effective during his time as Vice President. I mean, what did he do to help pass any significant gun control legislation during the time President Obama was in office?
And while I did not favor the decade of having our Second Amendment rights trampled when the “Assault Weapons Ban” of 1994 was in effect, it has served as empirical evidence that a reduction in access to modern sporting rifles does not reduce crime. The crime rate did go down during that decade, but it was already on a downward trend. The violent crime rate has also continued to go down since the Assault Weapons Ban sunset in 2004, even though ownership of MSRs has skyrocketed by millions in the 15-plus years following.
You can sue tobacco companies.
You can sue pharmaceutical companies.
The only companies you can’t sue are gun manufacturers because of a law Bernie Sanders voted for. #DemDebate
— Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330) (@JoeBiden) February 20, 2020
The Biden Threat to the Second Amendment
Just as I do not want to give Biden credit for his feckless performance, I do not want to underestimate the threat Biden poses. There is more than a bit of truth in Biden’s claim, and a President Biden would be more than a minor threat to our Second Amendment rights as we know them.
Biden’s failure to pass strong gun control legislation was not for a lack of effort on Biden’s part. Nor was the failure to pass legislation a lack of effort or will from President Obama. Their failures to crush our Second Amendment rights were due to the efforts of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), Gun Owners of America (GOA), and about a couple dozen other national and grassroots organizations working at local, state, and federal level to thwart the attacks to our rights.
The threat is real. In Biden’s “successes,” Uncle Joe was not the driving force that he claims to have been. But make no mistake, the current crop of Democratic presidential hopefuls all pose threats to the Second Amendment. I understand that people vote for different candidates for a multitude of reasons. Not everyone is a single-issue voter focused on gun control and the Second Amendment.
My purpose in writing this article is not to attempt to dissuade you from voting for a democrat. We all know that a portion of the electorate will do that regardless. Not every politician is up for reelection in Congress anyway, so the threat will always exist.
The purpose of this article is to make people think beyond what the traditional media feeds them. Vote your conscious, preference, beliefs, or whatever motivates you. But support your favorite defenders of the Second Amendment at all costs. The President has a lot of power through executive action. Many draconian, oppressive laws that threaten the Second Amendment are passed at the state and local levels. The only way to fight the efforts to weaken or repeal the Second Amendment is at the grass-roots level and through the state and national organizations with the people and resources to fight for our rights in the courts, through lobbyists, and education campaigns.
Cast your vote wisely, and support the Second Amendment organization(s) that are best able to secure our constitutional rights future generations. Which organization(s) do you support the most, or would like to call attention to, so others can help secure our Second Amendment rights? Make your best case in the comment section.
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