We have reached that point during the Biden administration at which it is time to try to ram through comprehensive gun control legislation.
This happens to be a key time during any Democratic presidential administration because the existence of the Second Amendment suggests that the government is not simply “us,” as former President Obama said.
What it suggests is that the government is actually capable of doing harm to Americans if they place their blind faith in its benevolence. And that happens to be good reason not to hand over power to a bunch of near-do-wells looking to “re-imagine” the bargain between citizen and government.
So the idea for Democrats is to downplay the need for the Second Amendment while arguing that it allows for more harm than good.
Part of this constant attack on the right to bear arms is rooted in the reality of gun violence in the United States, which tends to be most prevalent in cities governed by Democrats.
Many of these Democrats don’t want to hold individuals accountable for choosing to commit violent crime. If they did, then they couldn’t blame “systems of oppression” for unequal outcomes. They would be forced to recognize the role personal decision-making plays in the inequities they say are the chief failing of the country.
Leftists also don’t want to embolden police to crack down on crime. Encouraging the enforcement of our laws would be to forfeit the ability to argue that they are rooted in racism and that our mechanisms for enforcing laws perpetuate white supremacy – or some such nonsense.
So guns have to be the problem.
This is why gun control is on the docket and the Second Amendment on the chopping block.
It was in this spirit that President Joe Biden, in a remarkable slip of the mind, said something during a White House speech on Wednesday that should remind Americans of the need to oppose the extremes of gun control.
While rambling about insurrectionists and Jan. 6, Biden effectively said that Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights would be futile against the full force of the federal government: “If you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons.”
In other words, if the Biden administration needed to, it could just nuke you. So, why do you need guns again?
Should Biden be taken seriously given that he has no idea what’s going on anymore? Possibly not.
But he did just rip the rug out from under those gun control advocates who happen to be sentient and should be taken seriously.
On one hand, he just reminded Americans of the possibility that the government could turn tyrannical and use force against them if they refused to submit to its will – an act of evil recurrent throughout world history.
But also, Biden was trying to make the case that the Second Amendment includes restrictions on the types of weapons Americans can own.
Certainly, nobody believes that citizens should own nukes or bombs or even certain types of fully-automatic firearms. But Biden has inadvertently made the case that Americans might need something a bit stronger than the average semi-automatic handgun to defend against the prospect of tyranny. That’s not going to help the anti-gun crowd in trying to ban AR-15s and other sorts of popular civilian rifles, which tends to be the focus of leftist gun control proposals.
Ultimately, history is replete with tyrannical governments enabled by the progressive and then outright disarming of their people. For this reason, Americans should not go along with radical gun control efforts – and especially not when they’re led by a guy who may or may not think about nuking dissident domestic factions.
Kevin Catapano graduated from the University of Connecticut in May 2021 with a B.A. in political science. While studying, he wrote a weekly column for the student newspaper and served as a staff writer for the UConn Undergraduate Political Review. He is currently a contributor to The Western Journal.
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