Guns and noses

The Biden Administration’s Justice Department has taken it upon itself to unilaterally announce gun control measures against law-abiding citizens. Up in the Federal Register for public comment is a proposal that would allow another government agency leeway to determine on a case by case basis whether a particular gun is subject to the National Firearms Act. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will get to say whether a gun with a “stabilizing brace” is legal. The government also published for public comment model legislation to make it easier for states to enact “red flag” laws for people to turn in friends, family, coworkers and neighbors who they think pose a risk if they had a gun.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement: “The Justice Department is determined to take concrete steps to reduce the tragic toll of gun violence in our communities. Today we continue to deliver on our promise to help save lives while protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans. We welcome the opportunity to work with communities in the weeks and months ahead in our shared commitment to end gun violence.” In April Joe Biden said, “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, it’s an international embarrassment.” Gun Owners of America in a statement compared Biden to a dictator. Dictators take guns away from people so that only supporters of the dictator have guns. That’s protecting the public (sarcasm)!

Here is an interesting observation: In areas where the strongest gun laws are in force—Baltimore, Chicago, New York, St. Louis among them—the most gun violence takes place. Many of these places defunded police departments and immediately gun violence increased. They are also run by Democrats. Another interesting observation: Over Memorial Day weekend there were two mass shootings in Miami racking up four fatalities and 25 injured. We didn’t hear the normal Leftist activists and Democratic Party politicians screaming for more gun control. Interesting that both shootings appeared to be black on black crime. I guess to gun control activists some Black lives matter more than others.

If this entire debate was about guns, wouldn’t it make sense to target those who use guns for illegal purposes rather than the entire population of law-abiding citizens? Kind of like if there is a disease outbreak, it makes sense to quarantine the sick, not the entire nation, 90 percent of which are well. Or instead of teaching elementary and high school kids about the 29 sexual identifications and how they work, teach character and values about caring for one another and how violence against each other is wrong. Or as Christ put it in Mark 12:31, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But that would be actually solving problems, not perpetuating a narrative that a certain group of law-abiding people are evil. This is not about protecting public safety. It’s about government nosing into control of your life. Guns and noses.

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Bill Wilson

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