Biden's Proposed Gun Policy is Racist; Leaves Poor Unprotected

Biden’s Proposed Gun Policy is Racist; Leaves Poor Unprotected

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Charlotte, N.C. – Over the past few weeks, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been rolling out task forces to grab guns from law-abiding citizens cleverly. Biden’s “vision of gun confiscation” is no secret. In 2019, he bumbled into a heated exchange with a Detroit factory worker, who accused him of “taking away our guns.”

But even now, after the world has changed several times, it’s still hard to shake the feeling that that worker was right. To the dismay of firearm enthusiasts on the left, Biden is again coming for some people’s guns. It’s now just a matter of who’s going to have them snatched — and who isn’t.

The former Vice President touts the fact that he and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) secured the passage of 10-year bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in 1994. As president, Joe Biden claims that “he will defeat the NRA again.”

Biden and former congressman and failed 2020 presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke (D-Tex.), have been working behind the scenes for several months on Biden’s “backdoor” gun policy. Biden and Beto are working together to ban the manufacture and sale of what is known as “assault weapons,” with a proposal to bring their regulation under the National Firearms Act.

This 1934 law currently applies to “machine guns” (i.e., fully automatic firearms), silencers, and short-barreled rifles. Biden’s plan would extend to what he characterizes as “assault weapons.” To Joe, this would include semiautomatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns with interchangeable magazines that fire intermediate cartridges (the most notorious of which is the AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle). 

The plan would also apply to “high capacity magazines” (generally understood under the 1994 bill to be those that can hold more than ten bullets). When the National Firearms Act was enacted in 1934, that $200 fee was intended to be prohibitively expensive; now, inflation aside, it still is for many people. 

Under Biden – Minorities and Working-Class Won’t Be Able to Afford Guns

According to an article in the Washinton Post, given how costly some firearms can be, that registration fee may not sound like an added burden. Still, for a person who has already bought and paid for multiple qualifying firearms and magazines (or inherited them), that amount will add up quickly.

No matter one’s stance on guns, under Joe Biden, gun ownership will disproportionately impact poor and working-class communities. For years, Biden has claimed to the “protector of black and brown-skinned people of America.” However, by his omission, Joe claims that minorities earn far less than their “white counterparts.” 

For Biden, his new gun taxation would cost those who earn less, more. In essence, the poor in America would be left defenseless under a Biden Presidency. 

Stephen Paddock perpetrated one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history and could afford dozens of high-powered weapons and a plush Las Vegas hotel suite; this plan would not affect someone like him. 

According to Kim Kelly of The New Republic, Biden’s plan sets in motion a “war on guns,” the same way his predecessors declared wars on “poverty,” “crime” and “terror” — wars in which it was inevitably black and brown people who were the real targets.

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