Critics: Biden’s ‘public safety’ logic on vaccine mandate could be applied to 2nd Amendment

President Joe Biden’s recently announced plans to mandate COVID-19 vaccines are raising concerns among many about the future of the Second Amendment.

Fox News reports that some Second Amendment advocacy groups are now warning that if Biden can essentially order millions of individuals to get vaccinated, then he can force individuals to give the U.S. government their guns. 

Biden’s logic

This week, Biden effectively threatened millions of Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccine or risk losing their job.

Announced on Thursday, Biden’s mandate requires employers with more than 100 employees to force their employees to either get vaccinated or to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing, according to The New York Times. The mandate also applies to health workers who work at facilities that receive federal assistance.

All-in-all, upwards of 80 million individuals, or more, could be impacted by what many believe is an unconstitutional mandate.

Biden explained the logic behind the mandate by declaring: “This is not about freedom or personal choice. It’s about protecting yourself and those around you, the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love.”

Applying Biden’s logic

Many are now asking where the line is drawn, as surely this logic can be applied in countless other areas, including the Second Amendment. John R. Lott of the pro-Second Amendment group, Crime Prevention Research Center, just made that exact point.

“If Biden is allowed to impose regulations without a vote by Congress simply because he decides it helps ‘public safety,’ there is no limit to what he can do,” Lott said, according to Fox. “He could use this same reasoning to impose any gun control regulation that he wanted.”

Gun Owners of America summarized the situation a little more bluntly, saying, “Biden isn’t concerned with ‘protecting those around you.’ He wants your AR-15, your pistols, your ammunition, he wants it all.”

The Republican response

A number of Republican governors and state attorneys general have responded to Biden’s vaccine mandate by threatening to challenge it in court.

The president issued a curt response to those threats: “Have at it.”

Some have argued that the Biden administration already hurt its chances of surviving such lawsuits after White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain retweeted a controversial post published by MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle. By doing so, Klain assented to what Ruhle wrote, which was that Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is “the ultimate workaround” of the U.S. Constitution’s limitations.

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