President Joe Biden used the third anniversary of the Parkland massacre to announce his gun control plan. Unsurprisingly, it was many of the things we expected from Biden, most notably an assault weapon ban.
Biden has never supported your right to keep and bear arms, at least not so long as you choose firearms he disapproves of. This is a man who advocated blasting a shotgun through the door, after all, but he doesn’t trust you with an AR-15.
What should be noted, however, is that while Democrats have control of both legislatures, that doesn’t mean he’s got a slam dunk on his gun control plan.
The latest numbers I’ve heard from the National Shooting Sports Foundation director of public affairs Mark Oliva was that there were 8.4 million new gun owners in the United States. Many of those are going to be people who have magazines or firearms that will fall under Biden’s proposal, meaning a lot of people who the president could ordinarily count on to support his proposal will instead be wondering why they should have to pay $200 to keep something they already own.
Plus, any that more than one magazine for whatever firearms they purchased are looking at more.
This means Biden may start getting more pushback from the left than he might expect. Democrats in districts normally considered quite safe may well start getting inundated with calls and emails demanding they oppose this legislation, all because these new gun owners don’t want to give up their property.
Which shouldn’t be surprising, really. Who does want the government to force them to either pay a fee or give up their lawfully-purchased property?
See, these measures are always easier to pass when it’s the other guy having to pay up or lose out. Yet after the pandemic sent millions of new gun owners to stores, suddenly the other guy isn’t so “other” anymore.