In a debate over the Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA) on July 8, 1985, then Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, agreed with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and said that criminals can get guns “with or without gun control” laws.
So, what’s changed? Joe Biden went radical leftist, that’s what.
NBC News in April 2019 cited that the Judiciary Committee jibed with the GOP Senate majority in support of FOPA, and it passed the Senate “by a lopsided 79-15.”
So, Joe Biden voted for the FOPA bill, which was described as legislation that “allowed dealers to sell rifles, shotguns and ammunition through the mail, and, eventually, the internet.”
The outlet also noted that FOPA “limited federal inspections of firearms dealers while allowing them to sell guns at gun shows, which helped them grow in size and popularity. And it made it easier for private collectors to sell guns without obtaining a federal dealers’ license, which would play a role in what later became known as the ‘gun show loophole.’”
Get this. Biden argued in defense of FOPA before voting for it!
According to the Congressional Record for July 9, 1985, it shows Biden described FOPA as a “balanced piece of legislation that protects the rights of private gun owners while not infringing on law enforcement’s ability to deal with those who misuse guns or violate laws.”
Biden added, “During my 12 and a half years as a member of this body, I have never believed that additional gun control or federal registration of guns would reduce crime. I am convinced that a criminal who wants a firearm can get one through illegal, nontraceable, unregistered sources, with or without gun control.”
So, now we know that at least in 1985 Joe Biden had common sense and understood that the Second Amendment was an important component of American citizens being able to defend themselves and he knew and acknowledged that gun control laws do nothing more than punish law-abiding gun owners while not stopping criminals from getting guns because they do not obey the law, which is why we call them criminals in the first place.
He has since forgotten all of that because Joe Biden and his party have gone radically progressive and no longer concern themselves with how innocent Americans will protect themselves from criminals who wish to do them harm for their own reasoning. In the past, Democrats at least acted like they were on the side of Americans having Second Amendment rights, but those days are now over.
Once radicalized, the majority of the Democratic Party now focuses everything they do on gaining power and being able to find ways to use their power to control the American people to do their bidding, which is always designed to make them rich and more powerful.
On Thursday, President Biden called for eight more gun control laws, including a total ban on firearms that Democrats, for political reasons, refer to as “assault weapons.” First, the gun grabbers referred to rifles as automatic weapons. Then, when word finally got through their thick skulls that they had already banned automatic weapons in the 1930s, they started calling them “assault weapons,” because the word “assault” made the guns sound like they had some sort of evil intent. But the Democrats are now starting to refer to the evil guns they want to ban as “semiautomatic weapons of war.”
Semiautomatic weapons cover the overwhelming majority of firearms in the United States and that’s what the Democrats’ real intentions are; to disarm America in the wake of the recent Uvalde school shooting that many can argue was made possible by Democrat-created Gun-Free School Zone laws that make children sitting ducks in schools because a shooter who wants to kill as many people as possible before the guys with guns show up to stop him knows that there will be no responsible adults inside the school with a gun to shoot back at him thanks to the zero tolerance idiocy of Gun-Free School Zone laws.
Joe Biden knows what he is saying today about guns is a load of bullschtein.
Rich is a conservative, syndicated opinion writer and owner of MAGA-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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