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Biden Announces New Gun Control Legislation

Not the Biden you’re thinking of. Fresh off a recent legislative victory on banning private transfers in Delaware, Beau Biden wants some more gun control:

The DOJ could then ask a judge to prohibit the person from owning or possessing a gun. The judge also could order the seizure of any guns that the person owns. In the case of a troubled child, authorities could seize any guns owned by a parent or guardian with whom the child is living.

It needs to be adversarial. If my rights are going to be removed, I ought to be able to contest that. If it’s just a judge issuing orders based on the word of government officials, that does not amount to due process in my book, and ought to be unconstitutional.

Also, we have a long tradition in this country of eschewing corruption of blood. It’s interesting that the left, newly emboldened after the late election victory, is slowly trying to do away with limits on governmental power that have served civilized society for hundreds of years. Taking my guns away because my kid is troubled?

With the exception of being a may-issue, but mostly does issue state, Delaware’s gun laws haven’t been too bad for a state that’s been pretty deep blue for a while now. It’s a shame to see that changing so quickly, but it was probably inevitable. The Democrats were afraid to be seen as the Party of Gun Control for the better part of two decades, and so in many of these states there has been an uneasy stalemate. But with Obama declaring the Democrats the Party of Gun Control again, and the Democrats believing the Republicans are finished in states like Delaware, the stalemate is over, and now they are doing to us what they can. Part of this is demographic, especially in states like Delaware. But part of it is the utter failure of the Republican Party in the Northeast, which is now spreading into the Mid-Atlantic states as well.

If gun owners don’t start thinking of ways to turn around some of these states, I expect the divide between the Two Americas I have spoken about here will continue to deepen, with blue states not having gun rights to speak of, and the rest of the country continuing to liberalize their gun control laws. What truly worries me is where Pennsylvania will fall on that divide.

8 Responses to “Biden Announces New Gun Control Legislation”

  1. Bill C. says:

    The way to turn the blue wall states around is for us to take ownership of the culture we live in rather than having it dictated to us. Why we have taken so long to see the necessity of this I have no idea other than the “silent majority” phenomenon.

  2. UTLaw says:

    The other Biden’s number one has been busy while the media was distracted with Boston:

    http://www.examiner.com/article/after-senate-setback-obama-quietly-moving-forward-with-gun-regulation

    I’d be interested to hear others’ analysis of the new rules linked to. It looks to me like we may be seeing the first steps toward banning the import of guns, parts, and ammo, or at least some varieties of them.

  3. mike w. says:

    I often wonder about the intentions of these people. They have to realize that measures such as this make the mental health / guns problem that much worse by creating serious disincentives to go get help.

    As for Biden. He is his father’s son, and frankly, he’s doing whatever he thinks will get him an “in” with NE liberals who might help him in his further political aspirations.

    • TigerStripe says:

      I have no doubts about their intentions, they intend to disarm as many citizens as possible. If a “mess” is caused by someone deciding not to get psycholgical-psychiatric care then the lack of such information in the NICS system will be blamed and more (types of)information will required to be included in NICS reports. TS

  4. David W. says:

    I forgot Delaware was a state…

  5. AndyN says:

    The bill requires mental health providers, including licensed school counselors, to call police if they believe a person poses a danger to himself or others.

    Really? That’s the standard they’re using? REALLY?

    School employees now consider children some kind of risk to those around them if they wear NRA tee shirts, throw imaginary hand grenades, chew Pop Tarts into an L shape or threaten each other with squirt guns. Absurdly high numbers of little boys are now put on powerful psychoactive drugs for having a condition that, when I was a kid, was diagnosed as “being a little boy.” But the school officials can only refer the matter to police for further investigation. I’m sure the kind of people who think it’s acceptable to lock down entire cities and conduct door-to-door warrantless searches will be very open to an opposing view from a parent whose guns they’re threatening to steal.

    And as an extension of what mike w said, range time is one of the highlights of my kids’ week, and I’m sure we’re not unique in that. Teenage years are rife with emotional turmoil. There aren’t a lot of adults that most teens feel comfortable discussing their problems with. It’s just a horrendously bad idea to tell kids that if they’re feeling like life isn’t worth living because of a bad breakup, or a bad grade, or they put a scratch in mom’s car, that if they go talk through their troubles with an adult at school the government is going to go after their parents.

    On the plus side, I only have to live in PA for another 5-6 years. It will be a lot easier deciding where I want to move after the fascists have eliminated a lot of states from my list.

  6. WhiskeyWasOnceMoney says:

    If gun owners don’t start thinking of ways to turn around some of these states, I expect the divide between the Two Americas I have spoken about here will continue to deepen, with blue states not having gun rights to speak of, and the rest of the country continuing to liberalize their gun control laws. What truly worries me is where Pennsylvania will fall on that divide.

    My read (from elsewhere, it must be said) is that Philadelphia is a stronger driver of the “bluing” (you should pardon the expression) than Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, or State College, though I suppose the latter are not to be ignored. In that light, Philadelphia’s effective bankruptcy (as noted by Mish Shedlock last week) may be a benefit for our side, as blue-model beneficiaries find their gravy train derailed. I defer to the knowledge of those on the scene, though. (And I hope I formatted the link properly.)

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