THYBLACKMAN.COM JANUARY 17, 2021 – Tensions are high. Coming together and having meaningful dialogue seem impossible. People are tired of politics creeping into everyday life. Worst of all, self-righteous “unifiers” uninterested in unity continue to fan the flames of division.
Is it too difficult to set aside our differences, to lower the temperature, and to demand better from elected officials? It shouldn’t be.
For instance, healing will take a backseat should the incoming Joe Biden administration and Democrat-controlled Congress pursue aggressive gun control policies. Why? Democrats, Republicans, and independents don’t want to lose their Second Amendment rights.
In the spirit of healing and unity, President-elect Joe Biden and his Congressional backers should reconsider this push. In a recent statement commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Tucson mass shooting, the president-elect vowed this, “As President, I pledge to continue to work together with Congresswoman Giffords, and with survivors, families, and advocates across the country, to defeat the NRA and end the epidemic of gun violence in America.”
During the 2020 campaign, Joe Biden pledged executive action to further regulate firearms and ammunition.
His campaign openly touted the repeal of Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, reviving a federal assault weapons ban, universal background checks, federal gun buy-back programs, extreme risk protection orders (red flag laws), banning online sales of firearms and ammunition and to “give states incentives to set up gun licensing programs,” among publicly listed policy proposals.
Are Democrats in agreement with his plan? Surprisingly, many aren’t warming up to Biden’s gun control policies either.
One labor organizer wrote in the Washington Post, “Biden’s plan falls into a long line of government efforts to disarm the working class while keeping the lanes clear for the privileged who can afford whatever legal curveballs are thrown their way.”
She concluded, “This divisive plan will do little to curb gun violence, and will instead hammer home the vast inequalities still dividing this nation.”
None of the aforementioned policies would eliminate crime. They would make it increasingly difficult for law-abiding Americans to purchase firearms and related components. Worse, his plan would criminalize law-abiding Americans. Scary.
In a time of uncertainty, people need leaders to look up to. Treading down this path won’t boost morale nor restore trust. It’ll deliver the opposite. [full article]