President Joe Biden’s ongoing push for more gun control appears to be having an unintended consequence.
According to new data, gun sales have continued to tick higher during the first months of the Biden administration.
Threatening the Constitution
In April, the president released a statement confirming that he had tasked the Department of Justice with addressing the perceived need for new gun restrictions since Democratic lawmakers had been unable to advance such legislation.
“But this Administration will not wait for Congress to act to take its own steps — fully within the Administration’s authority and the Second Amendment — to save lives,” Biden’s statement asserted.
His proposal enumerated “six initial actions” that he believed were necessary to address gun violence in the U.S., including an effort to stop so-called “ghost guns,” or unregistered firearms constructed from kits.
Biden also nominated David Chipman, who had been a leading adviser to major gun-control organizations, to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
“No amendment to the Constitution is absolute,” the president said of the Second Amendment.
Background checks continue to trend upward
In response to the mounting efforts to limit gun rights, many Americans have apparently decided that their best move is to buy more firearms.
According to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, there was a significant increase in background checks for gun purchases last month compared to May 2020. The total number of FBI checks conducted last month — roughly 3.2 million — was about 130,000 more than the same month last year.
The latest report signals an ongoing trend with background checks registering at record highs for several months straight. In fact, April’s total was a staggering 600,000 higher than the number reported in April 2020.
Following Biden’s executive actions related to gun control, several prominent Republicans vowed to fight against the efforts — and even a few moderate Democrats insisted that any such reforms should be handled by Congress.
In a statement from his office, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) revealed that he “continues to believe that the best path forward is for Congress to address these issues, and he will keep pushing his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to bring their proposals up for a debate and vote on the Senate floor.”