Psaki Confirms Biden Will Sign Gun Control Executive Orders on Thursday; Come and Take It

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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.’”

Key Senate Aide: Gun Control bill is ‘Just dead on arrival. Period. It doesn’t have the votes’

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On March 11, the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021,” otherwise known as H.R. 8, a bill which would require a background check for every U.S. firearm sale, passed the House.

Afterward, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters, “Last time, [H.R. 8] went into Mitch McConnell’s legislative graveyard. The legislative graveyard is over. H.R. 8 will be on the floor of the Senate and we will see where everybody stands,” according to a report in Yahoo. He added, “No more thoughts and prayers – a vote is what we need.”

Schumer’s plan to take up this legislation in the Senate, however, was thwarted last week after three key senators spoke out against it. The three include: Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

The Washington Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski spoke to several key senate aides who agreed that the restrictions in the bill were “dead on arrival” in the Senate.

Particularly objectionable was the “requirement that licensed gun dealers perform background checks nearly every time someone sells or even lends a gun to another person is a non-starter.”

An aide to Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania told Gutowski, “H.R. 8 is just dead on arrival. Period. It doesn’t have the votes. Not only does it not have the votes quietly, it doesn’t have the votes loudly because Manchin and Toomey are out there opposing it.”

He said that “Senator Toomey is not interested in playing political games or being an example in a background check exercise. He’s interested in achieving an actual outcome.”

According to these sources, there has been speculation that Democrats may “revive a bipartisan 2013 bill that would only apply background checks to private sales.” Toomey had been a co-sponsor of this bill and “played a leading role in selling the policy to voters and fellow senators” including “four Republicans.”

The bill did not receive the 60 votes required for passage. The Toomey aide added that “He’s interested in a consensus product, he’s not interested in political theater. He’s not interested in helping lead a project that’s just ultimately doomed to fail.”

Toomey, considered a swing vote, was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict former President Donald Trump in his February impeachment trial.

Other staffers Gutowski spoke to were not convinced that the Senate could reach an agreement on the 2013 bill. If the filibuster remains in place, any gun control legislation would require 60 votes for passage.

On Thursday, Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said that he and the Majority Leader will “spend the next several weeks working with both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate to try to craft the strongest background checks bill that can pass.”

In a Sunday interview with NBC News’ Chuck Todd, Murphy said, “”I am not interested in getting 50 votes in the Senate. I am interested in getting 60 votes.”

Schumer’s position is far less accommodating than Murphy’s. On Thursday, he told reporters, “We will try to work with our Republican colleagues on a bipartisan basis when and where we can. But if they choose to obstruct, rather than work with us to deliver for American families, we must make progress nonetheless. Failure is not an option.”

One GOP staffer told Gutowski that the passage of any gun control legislation really depends on Schumer’s willingness to compromise. “Does Schumer want to actually come to the table and talk about stricter enforcement on straw purchases? Does he want to talk about some of the gun restraining order proposals that had strong due process checks in them? Or does he just want to keep trying to run up against the filibuster and score political points?”

For the Uber-partisan Schumer, I’m afraid it’s only the latter.

The resistance of Sens. Manchin, Tester and Collins was a big win for Republicans. Although seven House Republicans voted for H.R. 8, it’s difficult to imagine there would be sufficient Republican support in the Senate to get to 60 votes.

The checks and balances have saved us for now. And while this is good news, especially in the short run, this isn’t the end. Democrats will never give up the fight to take away our gun rights.

God help us if the Democrats somehow manage to end the filibuster.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa: What’s In A Name?

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Richard Edward and the Narrator Argue over Motive

It isn’t often in this life I am so stunned by events that my brain simply recoils in disgust and my “opinion generator” fails to start. Today, however, is one of those days.

I am reading about the senseless slaughter of ten Americans, who dared to venture into the confines of a public supermarket. My anger rises and my lizard cortex takes over. I am pissed. Fox News, as they normally do, encapsulates the events of this tragedy in a concise and professional manner. Fox writer Stephanie Pagones updates the story with the names of those killed and the name of the suspect who pulled the trigger on our neighbors.

Pagones writes:

Boulder, Colo., police officials updated the public regarding Monday’s mass shooting at the King Soopers grocery store that left 10 people dead, including the first police officer to arrive on the scene, revealing they have charged the suspect with 10 counts of first-degree murder.

Police identified the suspect as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, a 21-year-old Arvada, Colo., man, though his motive for the attack was not specified at this time. Police also identified the 10 victims, whose families were notified by 4 a.m. local time. They range in age from 20 to 65 years old.

Yesterday, some reporters, nieces of U.S. politicians and twitter users immediately seized upon the “white man goes on shooting rampage” narrative.

Today, there is a different story to consider and the response to the story seems a lot quieter now. Could it be the name of the suspect is taking the mainstream media into territory they don’t really like, aren’t comfortable with? Was it really the dreaded ‘white man’, or could it have been someone else from a more protected category of identity politics?

Narrator: “Richard Edward, whatever are you writing about?”

Richard Edward: “It’s the name” I respond to no one.  “It’s the suspects name. It sounds like its foreign, almost like it’s the name of someone from the Middle East.”

Narrator: “Don’t be silly. Everyone has a name. How could it be foreign sounding? Besides, if it was someone from the Middle East, the media would have buried the story on the back page.”

Richard Edward: “Well, its weird in that it’s actually four names and they all start with the letter “A.” I mean, c’mon, who has two middle names that all start with the same letter?”

Narrator: “Well, there was A. A. Milne, but its only three letters and one letter is an M. He was British anyway. That’s a tough question, Richard Edward.”

Richard Edward: “The fact that this killer’s name is so unusual and that he has allegedly killed ten people without apparent motive, well, there just has to be something more to this than meets the eye.  I am going to do some sleuthing.”

So, just like the rest of the reporters in the mainstream media who were never trained to find and report news, I start with an internet search. I enter “4As.”

Expecting to find something that ties this unusual name to the Middle East and the cultures/religions from that area, imagine my surprise when my search resulted in a match with the American Psychological Association website.

Now, my search result didn’t tell me anything about names or if they were associated with any particular religion, but it did tell me about social behavior. I am starting to become nervous. Why does the search result scare me? Because the 4 As represent the four primary symptoms of schizophrenia.

Fundamental Symptoms:

According to Eugen Bleuler, the four primary symptoms of schizophrenia: abnormal associations in thinking, autistic behavior and thinking, abnormal affect (including flat and inappropriate affect), and ambivalence. These symptoms are also known as the Four As.

Now I am hopelessly confused. I so wanted this to be an easy answer – a Muslim man went on a rampage and killed ten other people, this comes shortly after Syrian territory was bombed by U.S. forces. On Feb. 26, NBC News reported: “Biden orders airstrikes in Syria, retaliating against Iran-backed militias.”

Simple, right? U.S. bombs Syria and a Syrian-born person living in the U.S. responds and kills his neighbors. One and done, I can go meet the rest of the press corps at the bar for happy hour.

Then my inner Richard Edward surfaces, kicks my lizard cortex back into hibernation and asks, “Okay, smart guy, what about the 4As connection you discovered. Is there a connection with a guy who has four As in his name and what you read on the associations website?” Nah, can’t be. Four As simply has to be a coincidence, right?

Sure, the guy might be an angry Muslim (we aren’t sure about this), but what if Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa is also a schizophrenic, and his Muslim roots have nothing to do with his violent behavior – what if it’s all about his mental illness? Ugh. Just when I think Occam was right, my 4As research tangles up my brain.

First A:  Abnormal associations in thinking. I don’t know, but the guy did take a semiautomatic weapon to a grocery store. Not something I’d normally carry on a trip to the grocery store.

Second A:  Autistic behavior and thinking. I don’t know, but I’ll guess that shooting ten of your neighbors isn’t found on the scale of acceptable social norms.

Third A:  Abnormal affect (flat or inappropriate affect). I don’t know, but I did see his picture. There is a definite lack of ‘something’ there.

Fourth A:  Ambivalence.  I don’t know and who cares.

I do know that the guy is a murdering slug and regardless of his motive, religious jihad, simply bat-guano crazy or both, he is still a murdering slug.

So, his foreign name doesn’t really matter. Religious affiliation doesn’t matter. Muslim, atheist, druid, or Jonestown cultist, killers are killers. His lack of empathy for his fellow man can be the result of mental illness or religious indoctrination.

My thoughts immediately turn to the families and loved ones of those who were killed by Mr. 4 As. They may never know the real reason their loved ones were slaughtered, but the best I can hope for is for justice to be delivered swiftly and that the hearts of those surviving family members can find solace in the grace and embrace of a God who tells us that we should love one another.

Richard Edward thinks the guy’s name might be relevant as to why this happened. If you disagree or have a different theory from your sleuthing, please leave a comment.

— Richard Edward Tracy

Permitless Carry Bill Advancing Through Tennessee General Assembly

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Proposed legislation backed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to allow state residents to carry handguns without a permit is moving through the Tennessee General Assembly according to WKRN Nashville. Under current law, gun owners must take a class before obtaining a handgun carry permit.

The “Constitutional Carry” bill would allow “Tennesseans ages 21 and older” (plus members of the military ages 18 to 20) to open and conceal carry a gun without a permit.”

According to The Tennessean, this bill “also increases punishments for certain gun crimes, such as boosting theft of a firearm from a misdemeanor to a felony and mandating six months of incarceration for the offense, up from the current 30-day sentence.”

It would also “prohibit those convicted of stalking or [those with] two instances of driving under the influence from carrying a firearm, in addition to those who have been committed by the court to a mental institution.”

House Republican Majority Leader William Lamberth told WKRN, “We are adding penalties and increasing the penalties dramatically for anyone that steals a gun, anyone that’s using a gun improperly, felons in possession of guns.”

“We’re trying to keep guns out of the hands of bad guys and keep them in the hands of the good guys,” said Lamberth. “I can guarantee you we are making Tennessee a safer place tomorrow than it is today.”

With a Republican governor and GOP control in both chambers of the legislature, the bill is likely to pass.

Needless to say, this has gun control advocates apoplectic. But there are quite a few others who aren’t happy about it either and this includes the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association, which opposes it.

Nashville resident Brett Marker told WKRN, “There should be some sort of regulation. I’m not saying that you should just take guns away, but there should be some sort of oversight.”

“Democrats aren’t against guns; we’re not trying to take guns away from anyone. We just want to make sure that people that have guns…they have been trained on them and they know how to use them responsibly,” House Democratic caucus leader Vincent Dixie said.

Dixie added, “If the bill does pass I encourage my constituents to go get your gun — that’s what I encourage you to do — everyone needs to have a gun.”

Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother!

New Biden Gun Plan Could Hit up to 105 Million Law-Abiding Americans

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Although President Joe Biden has not presented a formal proposal for changes in gun laws, remarks delivered on the Feb. 14 anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, as well as comments made during his campaign have provided us with a pretty good idea of his plans.

Biden received a letter from Tim Schmidt, the president and founder of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, an organization with over 550,000 members, on Tuesday. He was “deeply troubled” that the president would use such a “solemn anniversary” to advocate for new gun laws, especially because, even if the proposed gun laws had been in effect three years ago, they “would have done nothing to stop those heinous murders.” Biden “pointedly failed to mention that the murderer purchased his firearm legally and passed a background check.”

“While we can agree that there are several ‘common sense’ and long overdue changes needed to our nation’s gun laws,” Schmidt wrote, “we firmly believe that the path forward should be focused on supporting and protecting responsible, law-abiding Americans—not criminalizing and punishing them.”

Schmidt emphasized that Americans purchased 5 million guns last year bringing the total number of gun owners in the U.S. to 105 million. The reason for the record breaking number of gun sales is that citizens want “to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”

He said “the number of gun owners seeking self-defense education and training is at an all-time high. Women and minorities are now leading the way as the fastest-growing groups of concealed carry permit holders in the country as well as in membership at the USCCA.”

“Yet our government’s antiquated patchwork of concealed carry laws is putting them at risk. How is it “commonsense” that a law-abiding American who has passed a background check and is legally allowed to carry a firearm in Virginia is subject to arrest and imprisonment if he or she steps foot over the state line into Maryland?”

 

The FBI conducted “39.7 million firearm background checks in 2020, beating previous highs by more than 10 million,” according to Business Insider. In addition, the report said approximately 8.5 million Americans were first time buyers of firearms last year.

In his Feb. 14 address, which can be read in full here, Biden said, “This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call. We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer. Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.”

In his letter, Schmidt takes issue with this statement. He argues, “There is nothing ‘commonsense’ about America’s patchwork of concealed carry laws, and that is why we need national concealed carry reciprocity — where state-issued concealed carry permits are treated just like driver’s licenses.”

He concludes by calling on the President to “help responsible Americans avoid danger, save lives and keep their families safe. And we believe that our elected leaders in Washington have an incredible obligation to pursue these same goals. … National concealed carry reciprocity — not higher taxes or more stringent regulations on already responsible gun owners, and certainly not removing the means by which those responsible gun owners can defend themselves and their loved ones — is a truly “commonsense” reform that will help more Americans keep their families safe. We urge you to support it.”

Schmidt is very well aware that the Democrats’ vision for gun control seeks to take guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, but will do nothing to disarm criminals.

Biden and his handlers know that it’s impossible to disarm criminals. They don’t mind because to the extent that they vote, it would likely be for Democrats.

As liberals call for defunding the police, ending the federal prison system and blocking the deportations of illegal aliens who have been convicted of crimes in the U.S., measures which help criminals, they push for stringent new gun laws that would gut the Second Amendment, leaving us defenseless. Because nothing would please them more than to take guns away from we the people. That would be a major win for them.

The explosion in gun sales in 2020 shows that Americans are cognizant of our government’s slow drift into socialism. History has proven what happens when citizens surrender their guns to a nefarious ruling class.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas wore a mask which said, “Come and Take It,” to Biden’s inauguration. This phrase was made famous by the 1835 Battle of Gonzales, the first military fight of the Texas Revolution.

Speaking to a group of NRA members in 2018, former President Donald Trump told the story of this battle. “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.’”

Come and take it Dems!

Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother!

Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Message to Dem Rep Who Disapproved of Her Gun Display, ‘Do Your Dishes, Hon’

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Rep. Lauren Boebert, Colorado’s bold new congresswoman, is a gun enthusiast. She is also the owner of Shooters Grill, a restaurant located in Rifle, Colorado.

Boebert participated in a virtual hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee last Thursday.

The purpose of the hearing was to establish committee rules for the new session of congress, according to Vice.com. And ironically, one of their “rules includes a ban on carrying firearms into congressional committee hearings.”

Boebert voiced her opposition to this rule, telling her colleagues they were “infringing on her gun rights.”

Rep. Jared Huffman of California, a Democrat, told her, “Here’s the reality: If somebody wants to have a shrine to their gun fetish as a Zoom backdrop in their private life, they can do that. But this is our hearing room, and at some point we will get past the COVID epidemic and we’ll all start showing up in person and our safety and our ability to conduct our business civilly without feeling threatened is a relevant consideration. It’s necessary that we lay down these ground rules that whatever your fetishes or feelings are about guns, you’re not going to bring them into our committee room.”

However, Boebert stuck to her guns (sorry!).

“It doesn’t matter how you feel or how you classify it, this is an enumerated right that American citizens have to keep and bear arms.”

Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) sent out a tweet which said, “I always thought my dirty dishes piled up and accumulating bacteria were the most dangerous thing in a Zoom background,”

Lidblog.com reported that Porter tagged “‘Room Rater,’ an account known for judging people’s living room and office spaces. That group didn’t let her down, rating Boebert’s room as a zero out of ten and claimed the GOP Rep was ‘fascist.'”

Asked about this slight during an interview with Fox News’ Mike Emmanuel, Boebert replied, “It’s kind of alarming that she has so many dishes in her sink collecting bacteria…Do your dishes, Hon.”

Boebert was unapologetic in her remarks to Emmanuel in the video below:

On the positive side, numerous conservatives agreed that Boebert gave committee members one heck of a speech in defense of the Second Amendment.

 

 

Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother!