Perhaps one reason why President Joe Biden wants to get tough on guns is so nothing happens to his rare-do-well son.
The National Rifle Association seems to think so.
The backdrop was a report – surprisingly – from Politico last week about Hunter Biden and a misplaced gun.
The younger Biden bought a .38-caliber revolver on Oct. 12, 2018, in Delaware and apparently lied on the federal background check application. Hunter denied being “an unlawful user” of controlled substances when five years earlier he had been booted from the U.S. Navy Reserves for abusing cocaine.
Nonetheless, he acquired the gun.
Eleven days later, according to Politico, Hallie Biden – for a dose of creepy, she’s the widow of Hunter’s brother, Beau, and in a romantic relationship with Hunter at the time – found the gun in his truck. She took the weapon, wrapped in a black shopping bag, to a nearby grocery store and tossed it in a trash bin behind the store, which was across from a high school.
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Hunter found out, he went to retrieve it, but it was gone. Police began investigating. Hunter apparently told police that his girlfriend/former sister-in-law likely thought he wanted to commit suicide, although it’s unclear why she would.
At the time the FBI was investigating Hunter for possible tax matters, the New York Post reported.
Then, to toss a little racial profiling into the mix, when police walked both Bidens through the scene to see what happened to the gun, two Hispanic store employees walked by, and Hunter suggested to cops that maybe they had it because they were “probably illegal.”
Ultimately, a guy who routinely rummaged garbage bins looking for recyclables found the revolver and turned it in.
At one point in the process, the Secret Service visited the gun store, and the owner declined to hand over Hunter’s paperwork. He said he was concerned the agents may try to hide Hunter’s purchase if the gun turned up in a crime.
The Secret Service claimed it had no record of agents being involved. Last week, Hunter produced a text message that showed he himself had mentioned the agency’s involvement in the gun hunt.
Hunter nor Hallie faced any charges.
In a post on its website, the NRA recalled that in 2013 then-Vice President Joe Biden told the gun rights group that, relative to the form Hunter completed to obtain his weapon, “We simply don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately.”
“Joe may have found a new reason to oppose vigorous enforcement of the gun control laws already on the books,” the NRA wrote in referencing the Politico story.
Oddly, the NRA noted that The Blaze, the conservative news website owned by Glenn Beck, had reported on Hunter’s case less than a week before the 2020 presidential election.
“The legacy press unsurprisingly chose to ignore it,” the NRA observed. That’s probably because the media was busy ignoring the New York Post story confirming Hunter’s shady overseas business dealings that broke a few days earlier.
In its post, the NRA added, “Aside from details of this bizarre family drama and the atrocious gun handling, the Politico article pointed out that Hunter’s notorious and admitted history of drug use raised questions about whether he acquired and possessed the gun in accordance with federal law. Federal law prohibits those who are ‘an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance’ from possessing firearms.”
“To be clear, NRA does not allege that Hunter engaged in any criminal conduct. The ‘unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance’ prohibited person category is somewhat nebulous, and a person can remove themselves from that category at any time by ceasing to use drugs. Theoretically, Hunter could have been in a period of sobriety during the timeframe he purchased and possessed the revolver.”
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Continuing, the group added, lying on the federal document engages two separate crimes. But it also raised the issue of what the Secret Service was up to.
“NRA will continue to monitor this developing story and work to ensure that the federal government’s actions, in this case, receive the transparency that the American people deserve,” the post concluded.
“Regardless of the outcome, Joe Biden should concern himself with his own family’s irresponsible use of firearms before restricting the rights of responsible law-abiding Americans.”
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