Politico reported on Wednesday morning that President Joe Biden will be signing several gun control executive orders on Thursday. This report was confirmed by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki at today’s daily briefing.
The report says that Biden has been pressured by Democratic lawmakers, supporters and others to take action against our Second Amendment rights.
According to Politico:
Over 100 House Democrats wrote to Biden urging him to take action on the concealed assault-style firearms, which is similar to the one used in the Colorado shooting.
Biden will direct the administration to begin the process of requiring buyers of so-called ghost guns — homemade or makeshift firearms that lack serial numbers — to undergo background checks, according to three people who have spoken to the White House about the plans. He is expected to be joined at the event by Attorney General Merrick Garland. Other executive actions remain unclear. But stakeholders have speculated that the president could announce regulations on concealed assault-style firearms; prohibitions on firearm purchases for those convicted of domestic violence against their partners; and federal guidance on home storage safety measures.
Gun ownership in America continues to hit record levels. USA Today reports that Americans purchased close to 40 million firearms in 2020. Those figures sounded high to me, so I checked several other sites and they are indeed accurate.
Business Insider reports:
The FBI processed a record 39.7 million firearm background checks in 2020, beating previous highs by more than 10 million.
Roughly 8.5 million people across the US purchased their first firearm in 2020, a significant portion of total gun sales, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Gun sales in the U.S. exploded in March 2020 after President Trump announced our first two week lockdown. They shot up (no pun intended) again following the death of George Floyd and the violence that followed. Biden’s victory triggered an additional round.
In January, another 4.1 million firearms were purchased, setting a year-over-year record. Liberal websites claim that Americans were looking for security after the “insurrection” that occurred on January 6. I don’t believe that. More likely, people wanted to buy a gun before Biden took office.
In February, gun sales dipped by about 10 percent. Sales came roaring back in March, however they failed to reach the record set in March 2020.
Gun control bills are extremely difficult to pass through Congress. In addition to nearly solid Republican opposition, some Democratic lawmakers, such as Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana, oppose these bills as well.
Cruz was spotted at Biden’s inauguration ceremony wearing a mask adorned with Texas’ famed “Come and Take It” logo, a phrase made famous by the Battle of Gonzales, which “marked the first military fight of the Texas Revolution in 1835,” according to the Houston Chronicle.
Speaking before members of the NRA in 2018, former President Donald Trump recounted the story of the Battle of Gonzales, Breitbart reported.
“In 1835, soldiers from General Santa Anna’s army marched into the little Texas town of Gonzales and ordered those Texans to surrender their small cannon that they relied on to protect their lives and protect their homes,” he said. “The Texans refused! They were not about to give up their only means of self-defense.
“In response, Santa Anna’s army returned with a large group of additional people. They had men all over the place … [but] this time, they were met by dozens of Texans … who had rushed to Gonzales to defend their rights and their freedom.
“As Santa Anna’s men watched from a distance, those brave Texans raised a flag for all to see. On the banner, they painted a cannon along with four words that echoed through the ages. It said, ‘Come and Take It.’”
— KVUE News (@KVUE) January 22, 2021