Here’s why President Biden’s executive action on guns won’t stop gun violence

Here’s why President Biden’s executive action on guns won’t stop gun violence

Andrew Harnik, Associated Press This week, President Joe Biden issued a handful of executive orders that he says will address the nation’s alleged “epidemic” of gun violence. Among other things, the executive orders instructed the Department of Justice to issue new rules about the sale of “ghost guns” and pistol arm braces, as well as model “red flag law” legislation for states. We don’t yet have the specific language the DOJ will eventually use in these rules, but two things are immediately clear. One is that these actions are primarily political stunts that can do very little to address gun violence. Second, they serve as notice to responsible gun owners that the White House doesn’t think very highly of their Second Amendment rights. Biden’s over-the-top rhetoric is itself evidence of this. Despite years of gun control advocates decrying the nation’s “gun violence epidemic,” rates of gun homicide and overall gun crime in the United States are significantly lower today than in the early 1990s. This is true even though there has been a roughly equal increase in the number of privately owned guns per capita. Additionally, putting aside very serious potential issues with executive agencies stretching statutory definitions past their logical bounds, neither regulating “ghost guns” nor making gun owners pay a $200 tax for pistol arm braces meaningfully addresses root causes of gun violence. These actions are, in fact, far more likely to turn responsible gun owners into felons than to prevent a single gun death. These firearms […]

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