President Trump dealt years of devastating blows to the Democrat-led gun control agenda, but that period of 2nd-amendment protection may now be over.
President-elect Joe Biden announced on Friday his commitment to “defeating the NRA” on the 10th anniversary of a deadly shooting in Tuscon, Arizona in which Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was seriously injured, six died, and a dozen others were wounded.
Alienating red states
Joe Biden’s winning strategy throughout his decades in politics has always been his appeal to blue-collar workers and moderate Democrats. However, launching an all-out assault on the 2nd amendment rights of his constituents could create an enormous amount of animosity and destroy any goodwill he carries with moderate voters.
Biden’s transition team issued a statement Monday acknowledging the 2011 tragedy that took the life of a federal judge, one of Gifford’s staffers, four event attendees and injured 12 more bystanders.
“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,” Biden pledged in the statement.
The subject of gun control has largely faded from the public discourse in recent years due to the Democrat party’s powerlessness in Washington D.C.
With Democrats controlling the House, Senate, and White House in just a few weeks, gun control advocates have little standing in their way.
NRA strikes back
“On Friday, Biden pledged to DEFEAT THE NRA,” the pro-gun organization tweeted after Biden’s proclamation.
“Biden wants to ban our semi-auto rifles, tax our guns/mags & more. He knows the only thing standing in his way to DISMANTLE THE 2ND AMENDMENT is NRA. Gun owners must stay vigilant & be engaged in elections and the legislative process,” the NRA continued.
Incoming Vice President Kamala Harris is equally as enthusiastic — if not more — as running mate Joe Biden about defeating the 2nd amendment, though she’s sequestered her more radical views from the public since joining Biden’s campaign in August 2020.
CNN reported in 2019 that Harris told a town hall attendee during her failed presidential campaign that she would give Congress 100 days “to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun safety laws, and if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action.”
Though Harris’s primary attempt failed miserably, she accomplished her goal of ascending to the White House, and is unlikely to waste time implementing her agenda through Biden.