By: Mike Maharrey,Tenth Amendment Center
Dear Gun People,
I know a lot of you are pretty upset about the prospects of a Joe Biden presidency. He’s promised to be tough on guns and you think he might start an all-out assault on the Second Amendment. We could see more federal gun control coming down the pike. We could even see some kind of weapons ban.
Now granted, the Senate may slow Biden’s roll if it remains in Republican control. But even that isn’t a guarantee. After all, there are quite a few liberal Republican senators who might just go along with more gun control, especially if there is some kind of tragic shooting incident that gets people all riled up about guns again. On top of that, modern presidents have proven that they don’t really need Congress to implement gun control. They can do a lot of damage to the Second Amendment via executive order.
But let’s back up for a moment. Despite the rhetoric, Trump wasn’t exactly great on the Second Amendment. He ramped up enforcement of existing federal gun control each of the first three years of his presidency, and there’s no reason to think he didn’t ratchet it up again this year. Don’t forget, every federal firearms law currently on the books is a violation of the Second Amendment.
On top of that, Trump did something the “gun-grabbing” Barack Obama didn’t do – instituted new federal gun control in the form of a “bump stock” ban.
Yes, I know a lot of you don’t really care about bump stocks. But the ban was unconstitutional whether you think anybody “needs” a bump stock or not. On a side-note, it’s ironic that some of you Second Amendment supporters used that “you don’t need one” argument for bump stocks considering that’s the exact same argument the “gun-grabbers” use for “assault rifles.”
Anyway, Trump wasn’t much of a Second Amendment president. Now, I will grant you — Biden could be even worse. But it doesn’t have to matter. Because the weed people have given you the blueprint to stop federal gun control in its tracks.