President Joe Biden said Saturday that he plans to sign an executive order that will designate the Pulse nightclub in Orlando a national memorial after a mass shooting at the gay nightclub five years ago left 49 people dead, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Over the years, I have stayed in touch with families of the [Pulse] victims and with the survivors who have turned their pain into purpose, and who remind us that we must do more than remember victims of gun violence and all of the survivors, family members, and friends left behind; we must act,” Biden said in a statement. “In the coming days, I will sign a bill designating Pulse Nightclub as a national memorial, enshrining in law what has been true since that terrible day five years ago: Pulse Nightclub is hallowed ground.”
Islamic radical Omar Mateen opened fire in the nightclub on June 12, 2016, killing 49 people before he was gunned down by responding officers.
Predictably, Biden used the anniversary of the mass shooting to advocate for gun control measures Democrats have been pushing, including a so-called assault weapons ban and more background checks.
“Long past time” for more gun control
“It is long past time we close the loopholes that allow gun buyers to bypass background checks in this country, and the Senate should start by passing the three House-passed bills which would do exactly that,” Biden said. “It is long past time we ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, establish extreme risk protection orders, also known as ‘red flag’ laws, and eliminate gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability.”
Biden issued executive orders in April instructing the DOJ to craft “red flag” legislation to allow local law enforcement to take guns away from people who are deemed a threat to themselves or others, as well as changing the classification of some rifle-style pistols to require registration and more fees.
The DOJ released model “red flag” directives for states on June 7, and at the same time announced the possibility of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) rule change that would label AR-style pistols with stabilizing braces as “short-barrel rifles,” which subjects them to much stronger scrutiny than other types of weapons.
The ATF tried to change this rule in December 2020, but withdrew the rule change after 70,000 people opposed it in public comments. The current rule change is also open for public comments.
The DOJ called the pistols “dangerous and easily concealable weapons,” saying they were more like rifles than pistols and deserved to be treated as such.
Brave new world
It’s a brave new world when Americans’ guns can be stripped away, and a gay nightclub becomes a national monument and is given almost religious significance.
Meanwhile, just days before the nightclub memorial, the president completely ignored the anniversary of D-Day.
It makes sense when the left worships at the altar of government control over people’s lives, leaving out any notion of the Creator our Founding Fathers worshiped and after whose dictates they modeled the Constitution.