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New York. So even if their national
party leadership is strongly anti-gun
(as is the case now for Democrats with
Biden, Schumer and Pelosi in control),
some House members will still defer to
their districts on the issue. And if they
don't, that leaves their seat vulnerable
to be flipped in the next election if local
gun owners are sufficiently mobilized
and motivated.
The House is also where allimportant
government-spending bills
originate, meaning it can curb the
aspirations of federal agencies that
would overstep their bounds.
House seats are typically more
volatile than Senate seats. They
therefore offer a particularly
effective course correction for an
administration, like Biden's, without
a significant popular mandate and
which is continually overreaching on
controversial policies.
And nowhere has Biden been more
overreaching or controversial than on
gun control.
Joe Biden openly supports many
of the most radical and far-reaching
gun-control proposals being pushed
by the civilian-disarmament lobby.
These include banning America's most
popular rifle, the AR-15, as well as the
sorts of magazines factory-equipped
with on the nation's most-popular selfand
home-defense firearms.
Not only would Biden ban
the manufacture, importation, or
possession of these constitutionallyprotected
arms, he would force
current owners to register them with
the government and to obtain $200
tax stamps for each item under the
National Firearms Act (NFA). Failure to
comply with these requirements could
lead to the forcible seizure of the arms
and land their formerly law-abiding
owners in federal prison.
It's no coincidence the man Biden
picked to lead the federal agency
primarily responsible for enforcing the
NFA and other federal gun-control
statutes not only supports these ideas
but has promoted them through his
paid work as an " advisor " for America's
wealthiest gun-prohibition lobbies.
These include the Giffords organization
and Michael Bloomberg's own pet
gun-control project, Everytown for
Gun Safety. Thankfully, the nomination
of radical gun-control activist
David Chipman to lead the Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosive (ATF) has failed due to your
hard work and support, but there's still
more to do.
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Biden's administration is working
on two sweeping rulemakings to
completely re-define what counts as
a regulated " firearm " under federal
law and to ban pistols equipped with
stabilizing braces. The former rule would
make ATF, not Congress, the de facto
authority on the scope and sweep of the
federal Gun Control Act. And the latter
would retroactively ban untold numbers
of firearms that law-abiding Americans
had obtained legally and in good faith
to use for lawful purposes.
But the White House isn't just counting
on ATF to do its anti-gun bidding.
It instead seeks to use a " whole-ofgovernment "
approach that involves
such disparate entities as the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention,
the State Department and even the
Department of Defense, to name just
a few. These efforts seek to leverage
the expertise and credibility of diverse
government officials to create an
orthodoxy that firearm ownership is
unreasonably dangerous and to import
a globalist perspective on firearm
regulation at odds with our Constitution
into America's domestic policy.
In all these schemes, Joe Biden has
ready allies in the current House of
Representatives. Indeed, the House
has shown an eagerness to carry water
for Biden's gun-control ambitions, both
through the introduction of anti-gun
legislation and by holding so-called
" hearings " that were really just
opportunities to publicly pontificate
against guns, the firearm industry and
gun-owning Americans.
The House has already passed
sweeping gun-control legislation this
session of Congress, with bills that
would presumptively ban the private
transfer of firearms and remove an
automatic safety valve in federal law
that prevents the FBI from blocking
gun sales without evidence of a buyer's
legal ineligibility. Taken together, these
bills transform the right to obtain
firearms into a privilege administered
at the say-so of the government.
They also set the stage for a universal
registry of gun owners and the
transformation of the current " shallissue "
paradigm for retail firearm sales
to eligible buyers into a " may-issue "
system where the FBI can block sales
on a case-by-case basis as they see fit.
To date, neither bill has been given
a vote in the Senate, but anti-gun
leadership there have made clear
they are merely waiting for the right
moment to ram through the legislation
when public emotions are running high.
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Bills have also been introduced this
session in the House on a dizzying array
of other gun-control proposals. These
include sweeping firearm and magazine
bans, gun-owner licensing, comprehensive
firearm registration, government
oversight of firearm storage in private
homes, mandatory insurance requirements
for gun ownership and allowing
the gun industry to be sued for thirdparty
crimes.
The point is to make gun ownership
too expensive, too complicated, too
fraught with legal risks, too socially
unacceptable and too subject to
intrusive government regulation to
be feasible or even desirable for the
average American.
Meanwhile, even as Joe Biden
targets the guns of law-abiding U.S.
citizens, his handling of the military
withdrawal from Afghanistan left
not just thousands and thousands of
American rifles and pistols but tanks,
planes, helicopters, machine guns and
night vision equipment at the disposal
of the Taliban. And this at the same
time that Biden is publicly supporting
criminal penalties for supposedly
" irresponsible " gun owners and
firearm dealers in America. The
hypocrisy is breathtaking.
But the good news is that Biden's
extremism and incompetence makes
the anti-gun members of his party in
the House that much more vulnerable
to losing their seats in next year's
midterms. As summer turned to fall,
media outlets across the ideological
spectrum were reporting on Biden's
plunging approval numbers. A
September poll conducted by NPR/
PBS NewsHour/Marist showed Biden's
approval rating as president at just 43%.
CNN then sounded the alarm, noting
in an article that " [t]he single biggest
indicator of how the 2022 midterm
elections will go for the two parties is
how the public thinks about President
Joe Biden. " The piece went on to quote
a pollster for Gallup, who stated: " In
Gallup's polling history, presidents with
job approval ratings below 50% have
seen their party lose 37 House seats, on
average, in midterm elections. "
While much can obviously change
over the course of a year, Biden's
performance to date gives those who
want to restrict our freedom little cause
for optimism.
But it does give freedom-loving
Americans a great opportunity in 2022
to reverse course and to return the
Peoples' House to those who respect the
peoples' Second Amendment liberties.

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