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political report
The Truth About Gun Control Exposed
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By Jason Ouimet
Executive Director,
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here is a central hypocrisy at the heart
of the gun-control effort. Gun-controlsupporting
politicians, the Hollywood
elite and billionaire tycoons will advocate
to disarm ordinary Americans, all the while
enjoying the security that armed men with
guns provide. Moreover, as a 2018 firearm
incident involving President Joe Biden's son,
Hunter, shows, this hypocrisy extends even
to when politically connected individuals
implicate themselves in potential violations
of federal gun law. The message from these
pampered elites could not be clearer: Gun
laws are only for commoners.
On March 25, Politico published a report
detailing the loss and recovery of a handgun
owned by Hunter. According to the article,
on Oct. 23, 2018, Hallie Biden, widow to
Joe's son, Beau, and then-companion to
Hunter, searched Hunter's truck, which was
parked at her home in Wilmington, Del., and
found a .38-cal. revolver. Seeking to dispose
of the firearm, Hallie wrapped the revolver
in a shopping bag and threw it into a trash
receptacle outside a nearby grocery store.
When Hallie told Hunter what she had
done, Hunter told her to go back to the
market and recover the gun. However, by the
time Hallie returned to the store, the firearm
was gone. After Hallie alerted the market
to what she had done, the store manager
contacted law enforcement.
What ensued next was a situation that
involved the Delaware State Police, the U.S.
Secret Service (allegedly) and the FBI. In the
end, the firearm was recovered by a man
searching for recyclables and returned a few
days later. Police did not charge Hunter or
Hallie in connection with the incident.
Hunter purchased the handgun from a
Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) on Oct. 12,
2018. As part of the transaction, Hunter
completed the requisite ATF Form 4473.
Hunter has a lengthy and notorious history
of illegal drug use. In 2014, the president's
son was discharged from the Navy Reserve
after testing positive for cocaine. In his recent
memoir, Beautiful Things, Hunter chronicled
his history of drug use, some of which took
place around the time period he purchased
and possessed the handgun.
Recalling a " five-month self-exile in Los
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Angeles " during the spring and summer of 2018,
Hunter described himself as, " someone who's up
twenty-four hours a day, smoking every fifteen
minutes, seven days a week. " Illustrating the
extent to which he was addicted to a controlled
substance, Hunter wrote, " If I rested too long
between hits on a pipe, I'd be thrown into a
panic " and " I was so lost in my addiction. "
August 2021
Hunter called a period in the fall of 2018
" [m]y penultimate odyssey through full-blown
addiction. " Later, Hunter described the years
preceding a March 2019 trip to California as
" nearly four years of active addiction. "
It is illegal under federal law for a person
" who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any
controlled substance " to possess a firearm.
Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person
is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.
ATF Form 4473 requires a firearm
purchaser to answer whether or not they are
" an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana
or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug,
or any other controlled substance. " Lying on
an ATF Form 4473 is two separate crimes, the
more serious of which carries a penalty of up
to 10 years imprisonment.
NRA does not assert that Hunter violated
federal law or attest to the wisdom of the
federal prohibited-persons categories.
However, a less cynical person might have
expected federal law enforcement to show
a modicum of interest in this infamous and
admitted drug addict's acquisition and
possession of a firearm.
Rather than investigate any potential
wrongdoing by Hunter, according to Politico,
the federal government may have attempted
to cover up for the president's son. Prior to
the recovery of the firearm, a pair of Secret
Service agents allegedly visited the FFL where
Hunter purchased the firearm in an attempt to
obtain the corresponding ATF Form 4473. The
Politico item explained, " The gun store owner
refused to supply the paperwork, suspecting
that the Secret Service officers wanted to hide
Hunter's ownership of the missing gun in case
it were to be involved in a crime. "
The Secret Service's involvement in the
case was corroborated by text messages
Hunter sent that were obtained by the New
York Post. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) have written
a letter to the Secret Service requesting
further details about the incident, and during
the confirmation hearing for ATF Director
nominee David Chipman, Sen. Grassley
pressed Chipman regarding whether he
would investigate and prosecute Hunter if
confirmed. Chipman, of course, completely
avoided answering the question.
As Joe Biden and his establishment allies
push for new gun controls, ordinary law-abiding
Americans should know that these hypocrites
have no intention of parting with their own
elaborate security measures or
being otherwise burdened by
the restrictions they concoct
for the rest of us.
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