Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday. “If Congress doesn’t act, we’ll fight for a new Congress,” Biden said in the Roosevelt Room of the White House as he swore in B. Todd Jones as the new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “It’s that simple. But we’re going to get this done.” In April, a bipartisan gun-control plan that would have expanded background checks and banned assault weapons failed to garner support in the Senate and was killed off, despite polls that showed massive public support in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. school massacre last December.
So let’s go ahead and talk about this Mr. Biden.
1. Expanding background checks isn’t going to do anything to reduce crime. Criminals don’t go through legal channels, and don’t show up on background checks. There is nothing to stop a criminal from getting a gun in an illegal manner. Whether it is from a black market dealer, or stealing the weapon, they are not going to submit to a check.
2. There is no such thing as an “assault weapon.” It is a semi automatic, sporting rifle. The term assault rifle is made up by people to make a perfectly safe firearm sound scary. It is not a weapon of war. And even if you did manage to ban these, keep in mind again, the only ones that would turn them in or cease buying them would be those who follow laws in the first place. Also bear in mind that there are only a handful of shootings done with AR15 and AK47 style firearms. Go to the Department of Justice website or the Bureau of Justice Statistics. More murders are committed with knives and bare hands than your so called “assault weapons.”
3. Massive public support doesn’t compute. Why do I say this? Only 19% of the American people see gun control as a pertinent issue in our country. That is a very small minority. As a matter of fact, the only thing it is really greater than is the approval numbers for the government.
You may want to get your facts straight and actually listen to the American people for once. You are wrong on this issue, and you will be outed every opportunity I get.