President Joe Biden made a pledge on Wednesday to launch a campaign to take on illegal gun dealers and increase federal funding and financial support for local law enforcement as murder rates in large cities across America continue to surge.
One has to wonder how the Black Lives Matter crowd, many of whom are also involved in the “defund the police” movement, feel about the man they voted for last year to be completely attempting to undermine everything they are trying to do.
“Merchants of death are breaking the law for profit,” the president said, going on to add the administration will have “zero tolerance” for any firearms dealers accountable for breaking federal laws.
Biden then went on to say the government is also going to help states increase the number of police officers they employ through the use of fund that have already been approved to help with economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
“My message to you is this,” Biden stated, directly speaking to gun dealers who “willfully” violate the law. “We will find you and we’ll seek your license to sell guns. We’ll make sure you can’t sell death and mayhem on our streets.”
Republicans wasted no time slamming the measures, referring to them as government overreach and linked them to efforts by the administration to rein in law enforcement.
“I think a lot of it ties back to this whole ‘defund the police’ movement and some of the disruption we had in civil society last year,” said Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts went on to say during a conversation on Fox News. “And I think that’s part of, when you start undermining that basic foundation, you start breaking apart the bonds that hold us together and that’s why you see an increase in crime.”
The administration will strengthen efforts by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to stop illegal gun trafficking across states, Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland said at the White House, reiterating steps the Department of Justice unveiled Tuesday.
In April, Biden signed executive orders asking the DOJ to crack down on self-assembled “ghost guns.” Such orders allow Biden to act quickly without waiting for Congress, where Democrats hold a razor-thin majority and Republicans generally oppose gun control legislation.
Gun rights, protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, are among the thorniest political issues in America, where the rate of gun deaths exceeds other wealthy countries.
In 2020 homicides in large U.S. cities rose 30% from a year earlier while gun assaults rose 8% with the fastest rate in big cities including Chicago and Houston, the White House said, citing a report by the nonpartisan research group the Council on Criminal Justice.
The good news is we’re still very far below the national average our country saw back in the 1970s or 1980s.
The Second Amendment is one of the most important rights protected by the Constitution. It’s critical to make sure that any efforts to help take down bad guys with guns doesn’t end up hurting law-abiding citizens who are exercising their God-given right to self-defense.
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