President Joe Biden will never be confused for the TV character “Capt. Obvious” – mostly because he refuses to see what is right in front of him.
But during his rambling speech on guns Wednesday, Biden did offer concessions to his conservative critics.
Despite advocating for more gun control and socialist programs to address the rising tide of gun violence – which, oddly, seems the worst in Democratic-run cities that entertained or surrendered to demands to “defund” the police – Biden admitted more cops are necessary.
Biden “made clear that he intends to approach crime prevention by investing in, rather than defunding, the police.” In his comments, Biden said, “This is not a time to turn our backs on law enforcement or our communities.”
A lengthy White House press release, which was not attributed to any administration official, pointed out that homicides jumped 30 percent, and gun assaults rose 8 percent, in “large” cities in 2020.
Meanwhile, homicides in the first quarter of 2021 were 24 percent higher than the number of homicides in the first quarter of 2020, and 49 percent higher than in the first quarter of 2019.
“Black and brown Americans are disproportionately harmed by the direct and indirect consequences of gun violence,” the White House said.
Correct, because the elected leaders in their urban communities have curtailed policing and destroyed the morale of cops they routinely demonize.
Yet, as referenced above, Biden himself conceded this point to his critics.
One part of his big anti-gun announcement on Wednesday was a diversion of $350 billion from his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief debacle to be used by state and local governments, as Fox News reported, “to hire law enforcement officers, pay overtime, prosecute gun traffickers and invest in technology to make law enforcement more efficient.”
Of course, Biden trotted out the old left-wing bromides on gun control that will have little to no effect on the violence, while undermining the Constitution.
The Times reported, Biden “used the moment to call for Congress to pass legislative measures that would close background check loopholes, restrict assault weapons and repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from lawsuits.”
The conservative pro-gun site BearingArms.com pointed out that studies have shown the “assault” weapons ban that Biden championed as a senator in the mid-1990s failed to control crime.
Most disturbingly, though, was Biden’s nonsensical take on the Second Amendment.
“From the day it passed,” he said, “it limited the type of people that could own a gun and what type of gun you could own. You couldn’t own a cannon.”
“Those who say the blood of patriots, you know, and all the stuff about how we’re gonna have to move against the government,” Biden added. “If you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons.”
Apparently, Biden missed the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, where motivated Islamic militants fought America to a draw with rifles and homemade bombs, and neither F-15s nor nuclear weapons.
The National Rifle Association offered a sharp rebuke to Biden’s proposals.
“This is a political red herring aimed at hiding the real and abysmal failures of the Biden administration,” NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter told Fox News.
“Crime rates are high because of the efforts to defund the police and a failure to prosecute career criminals. The simple fact is strict enforcement of existing laws – including gun laws – coupled with support of law enforcement and prosecutors to do their jobs would result in a dramatic decrease in crime.”
“But,” she added, “the president would rather play politics than make Americans safer.”
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