Vulnerable Dem Senator Questions Biden Unemployment Policies

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

The closer the 2022 election comes vulnerable DemocRats will abandon Joe Pee Pads Biden like rats from a sinking ship.

Sen. Hassan: ‘The unemployment benefit is making it easier for people to stay home’

A Democratic senator facing a tough reelection battle raised concerns behind closed doors about the Biden administration’s handling of the unemployment crisis, undermining the White House’s defense of extending unemployment insurance through the summer.

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D., N.H.) told constituents that expanded unemployment insurance is “making it easier for people to stay home.” She attempted to reassure a New Hampshire resident that the Democratic majority in the Senate is working to reel in President Joe Biden’s spending in the wake of concerns over a disappointing jobs report.

“I will tell you that in the Senate, we’re having this conversation about how do you tweak this just right,” Hassan said at a business roundtable on May 6. “And, if the economy is truly recovering and schools can truly reopen, should we be tweaking that right now.”

Hassan said “general COVID concerns” and a lack of child care are also to blame for people staying home. She expressed concern “the unemployment benefit is making it easier for people to stay home.” One day after Hassan’s remarks, the Labor Department reported employers added just 266,000 jobs in April, well below the expected number of one million. Congressional Republicans have blamed the expanded unemployment benefits, which Biden’s American Rescue Plan extended through September, while Biden has argued that expanded unemployment insurance has not caused the disappointing growth.

Hassan’s comments come after she voted for and praised the rescue plan. Her office did not respond to a request for comment.

The New Hampshire senator is up for reelection and is widely considered the most vulnerable Senate Democrat in the 2022 cycle. Hassan won the 2016 election by 1,017 votes over Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte following a $130 million race.

Concerns about government spending and inflation threaten to force the Senate to take action to address a burgeoning employment crisis. Biden has doubled down on the expanded unemployment benefits, which the American Rescue Plan extended through Sept. 6. He did encourage states to reinstitute a pre-pandemic policy of requiring recipients to prove that they are looking for work in order to qualify for the benefit.

“The line has been because of the generous unemployment benefits, that it’s a major factor in labor shortages. Americans want to work,” Biden said. “I think the people claiming Americans won’t work even if they find a good and fair opportunity underestimate the American people.”

Republican lawmakers have argued that the extra $300 per week in unemployment insurance outpaces the hourly salaries offered by many jobs. Several red state governors have opted out of the federal unemployment programs and will withdraw completely from receiving the benefits by mid-June. Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) introduced legislation to convert the expanded unemployment benefit into a signing bonus for Americans who get a job.

ATF Proposed Rule a Blatant Attack on American Gun Industry

H/T NRA/ILA.

Under Joe Pee Pads Biden the assaults on the gun industry and the Second Amendment are going to get worse.

Two weeks ago we reported on a leaked document that appeared to be a new ATF proposed rule to amend several key definitions in federal firearm regulations. On May 7thATF published a nearly identical proposed rule on its website. The rule has not yet been published in the federal register, but likely will be on Monday May 10th. That publication will trigger a 90 day comment period where gun owners and members of the firearm industry will be provided with an opportunity to provide input on the proposed rule.

The proposed rule, entitled Definition of “Frame or Receiver” and Identification of Firearms, proposes new definitions for the terms “firearm frame or receiver,” “frame or receiver,” “firearm,” “gunsmith,” “complete weapon,” “complete muffler or silencer device,” “privately made firearm,” and “readily.” In addition to these changes, ATF is seeking to create an entirely new process for licensed firearm dealers to apply serial numbers to unserialized firearms that come into their possession and to require the indefinite storage of firearm records by licensees.

These new definitions would give ATF arbitrary authority to classify firearms in a way that could make it difficult or impossible for the firearm industry to operate.

As we said in our alert on the leaked draft, “the rule would mean that many manufacturers would need to get pre-approval from ATF for new firearm designs. To put it another way, the draft takes 107 pages to say ‘we’ll know it when we see it.’” And, despite effectively requiring this pre-approval, ATF notes that “ATF’s decision whether to classify an item voluntarily submitted is entirely discretionary.”

Creating arbitrary and unlawful new standards for firearm manufacturers while claiming that ATF has no obligation to actually reply to manufacturers who attempt to comply with the new standards is the very type of “arbitrary and capricious” rulemaking that the Administrative Procedures Act was enacted to eliminate.

These new standards would give the ATF Director an incredible amount of power over the firearm industry. And, this comes at a time when President Biden has nominated anti-gun lobbyist and gun ban proponent David Chipman to head the ATF. This proposed rule is just one more reason why it’s extremely important for all gun owners to contact their Senators and ask that they vote against Chipman’s confirmation.  

Once the proposed rule has been published in the federal register, we will provide more detail on the many problems with the proposed rules and give guidance to gun owners and members of the firearm industry on how to best craft persuasive comments. Please check back to www.nraila.org soon so you can help fight the Biden Administration’s anti-gun agenda.

Report: Biden Admin May Use Private Firms to Spy on Unsuspecting Americans

H/T Western Journal.

Joe Pee Pads Biden learned how to spy on Americans from his old boss Bathhouse Barry Obama.

The Department of Homeland Security has always faced limits on its ability to conduct surveillance of U.S. citizens without their consent. A new report suggests that President Joe Biden’s team may try to render those limits ineffective.

“The Department of Homeland Security is limited in how it can monitor citizens online without justification and is banned from activities like assuming false identities to gain access to private messaging apps used by extremist groups such as the Proud Boys or Oath Keepers,” CNN reported Monday.

“Instead, federal authorities can only browse through unprotected information on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and other open online platforms.”

Apparently, the Biden administration feels that it needs to spy on Americans by whatever means necessary. As such, it reportedly wants to use private research firms to do the dirty work.

“By partnering with research firms who have more visibility in this space, the DHS could produce information that would likely be beneficial to both it and the FBI, which can’t monitor US citizens in this way without first getting a warrant or having the pretext of an ongoing investigation,” CNN reported.

 

In other words, private research firms are not subject to the same restrictions as the DHS. This means that they can assume false identities and spy on unsuspecting Americans.

CNN reported that the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency both have restrictions on “collecting intelligence domestically,” so private research firms seem to be the best option for gathering such information.

It seems obvious that there is a good reason for restricting government agencies’ ability to spy on Americans. Namely, it prevents the United States from turning into some sort of dystopian police state.

CNN briefly touched on this concern, but put a spin on it in a way that only a leftist could.

While the network admitted that the DHS has faced scrutiny for spying on public citizens, it cited last summer’s riots in Portland as the prime example.

The left-wing media outlet reported that the DHS response to those riots “included collecting intelligence reports on journalists and unmasking private citizens.” The implication, of course, is that this behavior was wrong.

At the same time, CNN implied it was necessary to spy on conservatives and those on the right, namely those who participated in the Jan. 6 incursion into the U.S. Capitol:

“That leaves the Biden administration with a key question: how to address mistakes made during the Trump administration while also finding ways to respond to what critics say were blatant failures by US intelligence agencies to act on warnings ahead of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol?”

At this point, CNN might as well just come out and say it. The real goal here is to spy on conservatives without the fear that the same tactics could be used against liberals in a future administration.

The reason that CNN thinks Trump’s DHS made a “mistake” by “unmasking private citizens” is that those citizens happened to be on the left side of the aisle. If Biden’s DHS did the exact same thing to citizens who were present at the Jan. 6 incursion, the left would cheer it.

In fact, we have already seen leftists perform a complete 180-degree turn in their rhetoric regarding responses to protests.

According to Business Insider, Democratic leaders in Oregon including Gov. Kate Brown, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler all denounced the DHS response to last summer’s riots in Portland.

Rosenblum went as far as to sue Trump’s DHS for supposedly violating the Constitution by sending officers to protect federal buildings.

Yet just a few months later when another federal building, namely the Capitol, was attacked, that same left denounced Trump for not responding more harshly.

Using private firms to spy on Americans is just an extension of the same idea. The leftist media wants left-wing groups to be free to protest, riot and loot without fear of being watched beforehand or reprimanded at the scene.

Meanwhile, they want conservatives to be monitored at every turn and face the full force of the government if they ever participate in protests or riots of their own.

As a general rule, protests should be allowed, and domestic terrorism should not. However, Americans have no reason to trust that Biden’s DHS is qualified to determine the difference.

So far, the phrase “domestic terrorism” has a much broader definition when referring to Republicans and a much narrower one when referring to Democrats. Giving DHS resources to spy on Americans also gives them the power to determine who should be spied on, and that is a dangerous path to go down.

Biden Talked About Guns for 3 Minutes Last Nighty…and Got Almost Everything Wrong

H/T The Truth About Guns.

The best way to tell if Joe Pee Pads Biden is lying about guns is his lips are moving.

President Joe Biden spoke for more than an hour to a limited Joint Session of Congress for his first major speech since his inauguration. It was during a three-minute stretch near the end, though, that the president got plenty wrong about firearms, the Second Amendment and the record number of diverse Americans who purchased guns during the last 15 months.

No Matter How Many Times You Say It…

President Biden talks big about “taking on the NRA.”

I’ve done before and I’ll do it again,” he repeats again and again. “In the 90s we passed universal background checks. A ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that hold a hundred rounds…that can be fired off in seconds. We beat the NRA. Mass shootings and gun violence declined. Check out the report over ten years.”

The NSSF did, and that’s not what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report tells at all. In fact, it says the opposite. Others caught the president in his lie too.

According to the CDC report, the “Assault Weapons Ban (AWB), which also restricted magazine capacity, did not reduce crime rates.” The kicker is that since the 10-year-ban expired in 2004, the violent crime rate in America dropped steadily while ownership of modern sporting rifles (MSRs) rose dramatically. Today there are more than 20 million MSRs in circulation.

Making It Up as He Goes

President Biden referenced his Rose Garden gun control executive actions, including banning so-called “ghost guns.” “Anyone from a criminal or terrorist could buy one of these kits and within 30 minutes have a weapon that’s lethal,” the president claimed.

These so-called “ghost guns” are unfinished firearms and the unassembled parts that are popular with hobbyists and gunsmiths. They have been legal since before the founding of our country. They are time-consuming and expensive to assemble and they’ve become a gun control calling card especially for certain blue state governors.

Again, the president is on the wrong side of the data, which shows there is no evidence that ghost guns are commonly used by criminals to commit their crimes.

But President Biden wasn’t done stretching the truth.

“I don’t want to become confrontational, but we need more Senate Republicans to join the overwhelming majority of Democratic colleagues and close the loopholes on background check purchases of guns.”

Fact-checkers, including even CNN and the Politifact, recently called out the president’s false claims of background checks at gun shows. Every firearm transfer from a licensed retailer, whether at a store, gun show or initiated online, must be completed in a face-to-face transaction, signed background check forms and a verification through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

As far as his claims of widespread gun control support, it’s cratering. Even Newsweek admitted it.

Wrong on Facts, Wrong on the People

President Biden’s address to the American people lasted more than 60 minutes but in the three minutes he spoke about firearms, he got a lot wrong. He’s also wrong on what the American people want.

“I think this is not a Democrat or Republican issue. This is an American issue,” the president said while urging Congress to pass more gun control. But the people have spoken.

More than 21 million people from diverse backgrounds passed a NICS check to purchase a firearm in 2020, including more than 8.4 million first-time buyers. The pace hasn’t slowed so far in 2021 either and public interest in more gun control has dropped dramatically over the past several months, to the lowest levels in years.

On firearms, President Biden needs to get his facts straight and get a better read on what the American people want.

Experts Predict a Gas Shortage Will Hit the US This Summer

H/T Western Journal.

We can thank or curse Joe Pee Pads Biden for the coming gas shortages.

The rising cost of fuel could be the least of motorist’s worries in the coming months.

While drivers nationwide are concerned about the rising prices for both gasoline and diesel, the trade group for the country’s fuel transporters is predicting Americans could see more than high prices at the pump in the summer months.

According to CNN Business, who cited the National Tank Truck Carriers, a fuel shortage could affect millions of Americans as vacation season begins, and there are few strategies that could be taken to get ahead of what could be a summer catastrophe.

NTTC executive vice president Ryan Streblow told CNN Business in an interview published on Tuesday that a shortage of qualified drivers could lead to empty gas pumps in some areas of the country.

“We’ve been dealing with a driver shortage for a while, but the pandemic took that issue and metastasized it,” Streblow said. “It certainly has grown exponentially.”

The NTTC said that this time last year, during the initial days of the coronavirus pandemic, the demand for fuel was low while most Americans were sidelined at home. Some drivers who relied on hauling fuel to make a living were left holding the bag.

Some found work hauling retail freight, while others decided to call it a career.

A woman named Holly McCormick with an Oklahoma company called Groendyke Transport explained the situation to CNN.

“We were even hauling boxes for Amazon just to keep our drivers busy,” she said. “A lot of drivers didn’t want to do the safety protocols. We’re also working with an aging work force. Many said ‘I might as well take it as a cue to retire.”

To make matters worse for the fuel logistics industry, McCormick said the pandemic had another effect which is complicating finding drivers to take open positions: schools couldn’t push out people qualified to replace them, as they were closed.

It takes more than a CDL to haul fuel, and those needing the proper certifications were unable to obtain them at the usual rate. Additionally, somewhere between 40,000 and 60,000 potential drivers who applied to take jobs delivering precious fuel were disqualified from the job because of past issues with drugs or alcohol.

McCormick said her company has doubled its budget to attract recruits. That extra cost will be passed on to motorists, if indeed they are able to find a wet pump.

Driving a fuel tanker is a grueling and dangerous job which requires long hours and a lot of time on the road. As a result, job turnover in that sector is generally high at around 50 percent.

In April of 2020, the first full month of the pandemic shutdowns, it hit 70 percent.

Gas stations in ArizonaFlorida and Missouri experienced some shortages last month during spring break. There is a fear among retailers that those shortages will continue or spread during the summer when there is already a demand for more fuel.

Jeff Lenard with the National Association of Convenience Stores told CNN Business that he is already hearing concerns from gas station customers two months before summer officially begins.

“I’ve talked to retailers, they say there could be places where there are brief outages,” Lenard told the outlet. “If they have no fuel, they have no business. People aren’t going to stop in for a sandwich if you don’t have fuel.”

Oil Price Information Service chief analyst Tom Kloza also said that hoarding behavior, which was seen in grocery and big box retail stores last year, could exacerbate what might already be a bad situation.

“Imagine the hoarding with toilet paper and topping off of gas tanks that we see after hurricanes and you can see what might happen,” Kloza told CNN. “It doesn’t take much — crowd behavior can provoke shortages.”

This coming summer is expected to be a busy one with regard to travel. Experts expect many travelers to avoid the airlines and drive to their destinations.

Harris Calls On Congress To Pass Gun Control

H/T Bearing Arms.

The thing that scares me worse than a Joe Pee Pads Biden presidency is a Kalama Knee Pads Harris presidency.

If there’s one person who probably wants to take away your gun rights more than President Joe Biden, it’s Vice President Kamala Harris. Gun control was a major point for both of their campaigns during the primary. While they downplayed it during the general election, it was always there. They just didn’t make a big thing of it until after the general election.

While Biden is trying to do what he can, the fact remains that Harris wants to see gun control pass.

Now, she’s demanding it.

Vice President Kamala Harris is urging lawmakers to pass what she says are “reasonable gun safety laws.”

During an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash that aired on Sunday, Harris was asked why President Joe Biden is not focusing more on the issue of gun violence after it was reported that there were at least 45 mass shootings in March 2021.

She responded by noting that last month Biden took six executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence. She said, “There is only so much, however, that a president can do through executive action. This president, Joe Biden, has a long-standing history of speaking very clearly and unambiguously about the need for smart gun safety laws.”

“Congress has to act because we have to codify… make permanent, make the law. That we agree we should have background checks, that’s just reasonable safety laws. We should have an assault weapons ban. Assault weapons have been designed to kill a lot of people quickly. They are weapons of war,” she added.

When asked if she believed Congress would take action on gun control legislation, Harris responded, “It has to happen.”

Nah, it really doesn’t.

You see, we have background checks. The vast majority of firearm sales go through a background check process already. The media and anti-gun politicians like to pretend they don’t, but that’s simply not the case. Further, it’s already illegal to sell a gun to anyone you have reason to believe may not be eligible to have a firearm.

And yet, criminals keep getting guns. How?

Well, probably because black market gun dealers don’t conduct them. These are illegal transactions at every level, and they’re not going to start carrying out background checks, either. It’s not how they conduct business and it never will be.

All universal background checks will do is make it more difficult to gift firearms lawfully, make it impossible to loan someone a firearm, and heaven forbid you try to pass a gun down to your family after you die.

As for an assault weapon ban, sorry, but that’s simply not going to happen.

First, they’re not “weapons of war.” The AR-15 has profound functional differences from the M-4 used by the military, namely the select-fire feature not being included in the AR-15. The AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle that is functionally no different than many hunting weapons, so why is it the evil one?

Frankly, we’re not giving up our AR-15s. We’re not giving up our right to keep buying AR-15s, either, so a grandfather clause doesn’t fill us with happy thoughts.

What Harris and Biden have failed to address is that violence is violence, whether it’s carried out with a knife or a gun. Knives kill more people every year than AR-15s, so why are we banning AR-15s? Because they’re scary-looking. They make for great headlines because they intimidate people, but they’re not the boogieman. They’re rifles that a lot of us enjoy shooting that also happen to be useful if we need to defend this great land, be it from enemies foreign or domestic.

Harris can make her demands if she wants, but one of many great things about this nation is that members of Congress not only can tell the vice president to go take a flying leap, they’re constitutionally obligated to do so.

God bless America.

Journalists Brazenly Give Biden Cover

H/T JPFO.

Joe Pee Pads Biden will lie and the drive-by media will swear he told the truth.

Of course his gun plan infringes on the Second Amendment,”
civil-rights group observes. “It’s self-evident.”

Gun-rights reductions on Holocaust Remembrance Day added tone-deaf offense to deliberate injury.

“What a dark, bald-faced lie to say he’s being, ‘totally consistent with the Second Amendment,’ ” said Alan Gottlieb, Chairman and CEO of the 30-year-old civil-rights group.

Allowing lies to pass unchallenged is as bizarre as letting him openly run an open-border policy. Biden floods the nation with foreigners and infringes our sacred right to arms. Legacy media and the White House display immorality.

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A reporter got in touch with me recently asking, “Are you available for a Zoom interview today regarding red-flag laws, what they are, and if they can pass in Arizona? That kind of thing.”

Is the reporter seeking to define Biden’s corrupt left-wing proposal we’ve described for years? Biden’s entire gun talk—who do you suppose wrote it for him? Is there any presumption those are his words and thoughts? C’mon man! Who’s in charge, aren’t you curious? Many of Biden’s antique gun statements were flatly untrue—isn’t that a story? Is accuracy no longer an issue?

BIDEN STATED: “The only industry in America — a billion-dollar industry — that can’t be sued — has exempt from being sued — are gun manufacturers.”
Four Pinocchios, completely untrue

BIDEN STATED: “Everything that’s being proposed today is totally consistent with the Second Amendment.”
Five Pinocchios, brazenly false and dangerous

Someone must have told him to say that, or is the suggestion he came up with it on his own? His understanding is that flawed? That is the question that needs an answer but as we can see, “reporters” are wont to even broach it.

For Joe Biden to begin an unconstitutional gun-grab of our specifically enumerated gun rights on Holocaust Remembrance Day was hurtful and insulting as well as illegal. In the 1930s this same shameful tactic was used by a tyrannical German regime that led directly to the Holocaust. On this sacred day, even a preliminary gun-grab was unmistakably offensive—a blind eye to history and all living Jews, the memory of our six million lost, and all lovers of freedom, liberty and peace regardless of faith.

His proposed red-flag laws are virtually immaterial in light of our president reading statements like those, written by an unknown someone, not understanding the truthiness of this. Why didn’t that light up the airwaves—and his Rose Garden guests? Why would Biden even read such a thing, or be asked to?

We can see that gun control and crime control are not related any longer.

The proposals are not aimed at crime or criminals, who are already governed by tons of strict (but unenforced ) laws. The places where the bulk of crimes take place—”bad neighborhoods” in inner cities populated with people in poverty in Democrat-run states—won’t be affected, and police know it. Congress knows it too. Parallel proposals to defund police and force out veteran officers will affect crime, by increasing it. This make-believe feel-good do-nothing window dressing ignores reality, and some people deep inside know this as well as the informed public.

When people ask why can’t we pass common-sense gun laws, it’s because the party of the Democrats aren’t proposing any.

Alan Korwin, Editor
The JPFO Bill of Rights Sentinel

Biden’s Nose Keeps Growing as WaPo Gives 2 New ‘Pinocchios’ on Guns

H/T AmmoLand.

The easiest way to tell Joe Pee Pads Biden is lying is his lips are moving.



U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- If one thing is consistent about Joe Biden, it is his penchant for getting caught telling whoppers even Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler cannot abide, his latest being remarks about gun owners for which he earned two “Pinocchios” Monday.

The newspaper rates falsehoods on a scale of one to four “Pinocchios,” named for the cartoon character whose nose grew every time he told a lie.

Biden’s most recent gaffe was a statement he made April 16:

“The folks who own weapons, the folks who own guns, they support universal background checks. The majority of them think we should not be selling assault weapons.”

According to Kessler’s Monday column, that’s not entirely accurate.

“There’s plenty of evidence to support his first statement — universal background checks,” Kessler wrote. “But do most gun owners also support a ban on selling assault weapons?”

Short answer: Evidently not.

Citing a 2019 ABC News/Washington Post poll of 1,003 adults, Kessler noted “households with guns and those without guns split over an assault weapons ban.”

“Among all those surveyed,” Kessler wrote, “56 percent supported a ban and 41 percent opposed it. But among gun-owning households, the assault weapons ban did not receive majority support, with only 43 percent supporting it and 53 percent opposing it. By contrast, in non-gun households, 70 percent supported the ban and 27 percent opposed it.”

Kessler’s verdict: “Biden went too far in claiming that a majority of gun owners also support a ban on assault weapons. The White House could not point to a poll that supported the claim, while a recent Post poll found that a narrow majority opposed it.”

Being called out for canards is nothing new for Biden. Back on March 30, he received four Pinocchios from the Washington Post Fact Checker—the worst score—for lies he has repeatedly told about Georgia’s new voting law.

Last September, Biden bagged another four Pinocchios for “for misrepresenting Republicans’ support for Social Security.”

When it comes to fibbing, Democrats seem to be on a roll lately. When four Capitol Hill Democrats—Sen. Ed MarkeyNew York Congressmen Jerrold Nadler and Mondaire Jones, and Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson—announced the “Judiciary Act of 2021,” Nadler insisted it is not an attempt to “pack” the U.S. Supreme Court.

While the WaPo didn’t call Nadler out on that prevarication, the Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb did in a scathing statement.

“That’s a lie, and they know it,” he asserted. “Markey, Nadler and their cronies are furious that the Supreme Court now has a majority of justices who are determined to adhere to the Constitution instead of rewriting it from the bench to advance an anti-gun-rights agenda.”

All four Democrats are avowed anti-gunners, and the attempt to create four new positions on the Court is a blatant attempt to prevent the Court from accepting new Second Amendment cases and ruling favorably on the rights of gun owners. Two issues concern Democrats: carrying firearms in public and whether modern sporting rifles—routinely mischaracterized as “assault weapons” by Democrats and the establishment media—are protected by the Second Amendment.

Gottlieb did not hold back, contending the real goal is to reverse pro-rights rulings in the 2008 Heller and 2010 McDonald cases. The latter is especially personal for Gottlieb because McDonald was a SAF case. He has been waiting more than 10 years to bring a carry case before the court and the entire firearms community wants the court to accept a case that could declare semi-auto rifles are protected.

“Those are gun rights issues that anti-gunners such as Markey and Nadler, and their Capitol Hill cohorts, absolutely do not want the Supreme Court to consider,” Gottlieb said in his news release. “For decades, gun prohibitionists have been fearful that good Second Amendment cases would wind up before a court populated by solid constitutionalists. Now, with the court’s present makeup, those same anti-gunners are terrified of a majority they perceive to be pro-Second Amendment and they’ve introduced this sham legislation in an effort to prevent a ruling that would favor America’s gun owners.”

Last year, the Court declined to review any of several gun cases up for consideration. Now, with the addition of Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett following the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the odds have improved for getting a gun case before the bench.

“Frankly,” Gottlieb said about the attempted court-packing, “it is not simply disappointing but disgraceful that a cadre of anti-gun lawmakers would introduce such a thinly disguised scheme to turn the Supreme Court into a judicial branch of the anti-gun-rights Democratic caucus. Markey’s claim that this is an effort to repair a broken Supreme Court is preposterous. For the first time in decades, the Court is well prepared to handle important constitutional issues, and all the Democrats can think of doing is to seize the court in a legislative power grab.”

With a conservative majority on the high court, there could be more successful challenges to onerous gun control laws.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a pair of gun control bills Monday. As noted by the Colorado Sun, both bills were introduced before the Boulder mass shooting last month, but that incident added momentum to the measures. Neither would have prevented the shooting, however, had they been law.

House Bill 1106 requires so-called “safe storage” of firearms to prevent “unauthorized” people from getting access. It’s ostensibly aimed at reducing suicide by firearm.

Senate Bill 78 requires gun owners to report lost or stolen guns to the police within five days of discovering the gun is missing.

In Oregon, the Oregon Firearms Federation is warning gun owners about House Bill 2510, asserting this legislation would “hold you accountable for crimes committed with guns stolen from you.” OFF also noted the bill “would also require that your guns be locked away and useless.”

Then there is Senate Bill 554, which OFF contends “would make gun owners felons if they were NEAR a public building with a firearm, even while in possession of a concealed handgun license.”

While Biden may continue collecting “Pinocchios” for his falsehoods, his Democrat colleagues in Congress and out in the states will keep pushing gun control measures they know will not prevent crimes, according to critics. The only thing standing in the way, at least until 2022 when Republicans hope to recapture the House and possibly the Senate, is the federal court system with a conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

 

Hunter Biden Memoir Among Mounting Evidence of Federal Gun Law Violations

H/T NRA/ILA.

Because his father Joe Pee Pads Biden is in the White House the drive-by media will cover for Hunter as long as they can.

As President Joe Biden and his Department of Justice concoct new firearm restrictions for ordinary law-abiding Americans, pampered elites can rest assured that the government has no intention of holding them to account for violating these new, or even existing, gun control measures. This was made clear by the federal government’s response to and potential attempted cover-up of a firearm incident involving Joe Biden’s drug user son Hunter, as reported in a March 25 Politico article. Now with the recent release of Hunter’s memoir, “Beautiful Things,” there is mounting evidence to suggest that the president’s ne’er-do-well son was “an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance” at the time he purchased and possessed a .38-caliber revolver in October 2018. 

To be clear, NRA does not assert that Hunter engaged in any criminal conduct. This is something that would have to be investigated by federal prosecutors and proved in a court of law. In contrast to President Biden’s plans for gun owners, all those accused of illegal conduct should be afforded due process under the law.

According to the Politico article, on October 23, 2018, Hallie, widow to Joe’s son Beau and then-companion to Hunter, searched Hunter’s truck, which was parked at her home in Wilmington, Del., and found a .38-caliber revolver. Seeking to dispose of the firearm, Hallie wrapped the revolver in a shopping bag and threw it into a trash receptacle outside nearby gourmet grocery store Janssen’s Market.

When Hallie told Hunter what she had done, Hunter told her to go back to the market and recover the gun. However, by the time Hallie returned to the store the firearm was gone. After Hallie alerted Janssen’s to what she had done, the store’s manager contacted law enforcement.

What ensued next was a situation that involved no less than the Delaware State Police, the U.S. Secret Service (allegedly), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In the end, the firearm was recovered by a man searching Janssen’s Market’s trash for recyclables and returned a few days later. Police did not charge Hunter or Hallie in connection with the incident.

Aside from details of this bizarre family drama and the atrocious gun handling, the Politico article pointed out that Hunter’s notorious and admitted history of drug use raised questions about whether he acquired and possessed the gun in accordance with federal law. 

According to the item, Hunter purchased the .38 -caliber revolver from a Federal Firearms Licensee (gun dealer) on October 12, 2018 – 11 days before the incident with Hallie.

In order to acquire a firearm from a gun dealer, a buyer must complete an ATF Form 4473. The form requires the buyer to record identifying information and asks them a series of questions about their eligibility to possess a firearm.

Addressing Hunter’s completion of the required federal form 4473, the Politico report noted, “Hunter responded ‘no’ to a question on the transaction record that asks, ‘Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?’” 

Federal law prohibits the possession of firearms by anyone “who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance.” The term “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance” is further defined at length by federal regulation. The relevant regulation (27 C.F.R. § 478.11) elaborates,

A person who uses a controlled substance and has lost the power of self-control with reference to the use of controlled substance; and any person who is a current user of a controlled substance in a manner other than as prescribed by a licensed physician. Such use is not limited to the use of drugs on a particular day, or within a matter of days or weeks before, but rather that the unlawful use has occurred recently enough to indicate that the individual is actively engaged in such conduct.

Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.

Lying on a form 4473 is two separate crimes.

18 U.S.C. § 924(a)(1)(A) concerns when a person, “knowingly makes any false statement or representation with respect to the information required by this chapter to be kept in the records of a person licensed under this chapter,” which would include a form 4473. A violation of this provision is punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment.

18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(6) provides, 

for any person in connection with the acquisition or attempted acquisition of any firearm or ammunition from a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector, knowingly to make any false or fictitious oral or written statement or to furnish or exhibit any false, fictitious, or misrepresented identification, intended or likely to deceive such importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector with respect to any fact material to the lawfulness of the sale or other disposition of such firearm or ammunition under the provisions of this chapter;

A violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(6) is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.

Hunter’s problems with drug abuse are no secret. Rather, in the modern fashion, the ne’er-do-well parades his personal shortcoming for public consumption and appears to bask in the resulting notoriety. “I probably smoked more Parmesan cheese than anyone that you know, I’m sure… I mean, I went one time for 13 days without sleeping, and smoking crack and drinking vodka exclusively throughout that entire time,” the admitted addict crowed to a fawning CBS interviewer in April.

Hunter was discharged from the U.S. Navy in 2014 for using cocaine. The discharge would not be compelling evidence that he was an “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance” in October 2018 – when he purchased and possessed the revolver. However, whether or not Hunter’s repeated admissions, or other documentary evidence, of drug use could give rise to an inference that Hunter was an “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance” during the time period he acquired and possessed the firearm is a legitimate question.

The contents of Hunter’s 2021 memoir, “Beautiful Things,” suggest that the addict’s flagrant drug use was contemporaneous with his purchase of the revolver.

Hunter opened chapter nine of his book with the sentence, “I used my superpower – finding crack anytime, anywhere – less than a day after landing at LAX in the spring of 2018.” What follows chronicles the drug user’s debauched “five-month self-exile in Los Angeles.” Hunter described himself as “someone who’s up twenty-four hours a day, smoking every fifteen minutes, seven days a week” adding, “[t]he amount of alcohol I consumed and crack I smoked was astounding – even death-defying.”

Describing how desperate he was for crack cocaine during this period, Hunter explained, “If I suddenly ran out of crack, I’d scrounge around my car’s floor wells, cup holders, and door panels for any traces I might have dropped. Again, the crack crumbs were often indistinguishable from the spilled snacks, Safe to say I’ve smoked more cheddar popcorn than anybody on the face of the earth.”

The addict described at some length how, during the spring and summer of 2018, he learned to cook his own crack cocaine. Hunter noted, “I holed up inside the Chateau [Marmont] for the first six weeks and learned how to cook crack.” The president’s son explained, “[c]ooking crack took practice, but it wasn’t rocket science: baking soda, water, cocaine. That’s it,” and went on to boast, “I became absurdly good at it.” 

Illustrating the extent to which he was addicted to a controlled substance, Hunter wrote, “If I rested too long between hits on a pipe, I’d be thrown into a panic” and “I was so lost in my addiction.”

The president’s son returned to Delaware in the fall of 2018, a time period he described as “[m]y penultimate odyssey through full-blown addiction.” Hunter made clear was not sober during the fall of 2018, writing, “I had returned that fall of 2018, after my most recent relapse in the California, with the hope of getting clean through a new therapy and reconciling with Hallie. Neither happened.” Around this time period, Hunter recalled, “All my energy revolved around smoking drugs and making arrangements to buy drugs – feeding the beast.”

Later, Hunter described the time period preceding a March 2019 trip to California as “nearly four years of active addiction.” 

Now, consider how federal law might be applied to this fact pattern.

To reiterate, federal regulation defines “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance” to include “A person who uses a controlled substance and has lost the power of self-control with reference to the use of controlled substance.”

A reasonable person might conclude that an individual so desperate for crack that they smoked crumbs of cheddar popcorn scrounged from the floor of their motor vehicle had “lost the power of self control.” 

The definition of “unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance” also includes, 

any person who is a current user of a controlled substance in a manner other than as prescribed by a licensed physician. Such use is not limited to the use of drugs on a particular day, or within a matter of days or weeks before, but rather that the unlawful use has occurred recently enough to indicate that the individual is actively engaged in such conduct. 

In his memoir, Hunter admits to using illegal drugs throughout the spring and summer of 2018. The president’s son also noted that he was unable to get sober when he returned to Delaware in the fall of 2018. Hunter also made clear that in the “nearly four years” prior to March 2019 were a period of “active addiction.” Hunter purchased the .38-caliber revolver on October 12, 2018.

Of course, rather than investigate the notorious drug addict’s potential illegal possession of a firearm, federal law enforcement may have attempted to cover for him. The Politico item explained, 

Secret Service agents approached the owner of the store where Hunter bought the gun and asked to take the paperwork involving the sale, according to two people, one of whom has firsthand knowledge of the episode and the other was briefed by a Secret Service agent after the fact

The gun store owner refused to supply the paperwork, suspecting that the Secret Service officers wanted to hide Hunter’s ownership of the missing gun in case it were to be involved in a crime, the two people said. The owner, Ron Palmieri, later turned over the papers to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which oversees federal gun laws.

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) have written a letter to the U.S. Secret Service demanding details surrounding the October 2018 incident.

NRA will continue to monitor this developing story and work to ensure that the federal government’s actions in this case receive the transparency that the American people deserve and to further expose the hypocrisy behind President Biden’s two-tiered gun control agenda.

Biden’s Anti-gun Lies are Too Much Even for Legacy Press Fact Checkers

H/T NRA/ILA.

We all know Joe Pee Pads Biden would not know the truth if it jumped up and bit him on the ass.

With President Joe Biden securely in office and the 2024 presidential election 43 months away, the mainstream press has determined it an acceptable time to expose the frequent fibber’s most flagrant falsehoods. This week saw a plethora of so-called “fact-checkers” take issue with the blatantly false statements Biden made while announcing his “initial actions” on gun control on April 8. 

In touting H.R. 8, which would criminalize the private transfer of firearms, Biden stated, 

These bills, one, require background checks for anyone purchasing a gun at a gun show or an online sale.

Most people don’t know: If you walk into a store and you buy a gun, you have a background check. But you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want and no background check. 

This decades-old gun show talking point is a lie.

There is no “gun show loophole” or “online sales loophole.” Federal law requires all firearm dealers to be licensed and to initiate a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check before transferring a firearm to a non-dealer, regardless of where the transfer takes place. Further, those “dealing in firearms as a regular course of trade or business with the principal objective of livelihood and profit” are required to be licensed as firearms dealers. Dealing in firearms without a license is punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. 

Oddly enough, the contours of the current dealer licensing regime were elaborated upon at length by the Obama-Biden administration in 2016. As part of a set of “executive actions,” BATFE developed a document titled “Do I Need a License to Buy and Sell Firearms?” Despite Biden’s claim to have been intimately involved in Obama’s gun control efforts, it appears the noted scholar has little competence with the subject matter. 

The New York Times called Biden’s gun show remarks “exaggerated.” Correctly summarizing the law, the paper explained,

Licensed firearms dealers are required to look up potential buyers in a background check system before a sale is approved. Private sellers are not required to perform such background checks, and some do sell guns at gun shows. But that does not mean that all dealers at gun shows are private, or that all sales at those shows forgo a background check.

a 1999 study from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or A.T.F., found that half to three-quarters of sellers at gun shows were, in fact, licensed. 

Politifact rated Biden’s gun show comments “Mostly False.” The Annenberg Public Policy Center’s FactCheck.org called Biden’s statements “wrong.” Going further, the outfit explained, 

It is also worth noting that the [Congressional Research Service], in its 2019 report, said ‘private firearms sales at gun shows … did not appear to be a significant source of guns’ for federal and state prisoners convicted of crimes involving firearms.

The criticism from a wing of the Annenberg Foundation is noteworthy, as the organization has made contributions to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Attacking the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), Biden claimed,

The only industry in America — a billion-dollar industry — that can’t be sued — has exempt from being sued — are gun manufacturers.

this is the only outfit that is exempt from being sued.

The PLCAA was enacted in 2005, with broad bipartisan support, to protect the firearms industry from frivolous and politically-motivated lawsuits. In the mid-1990s, gun control advocates, big city politicians, and trial attorneys teamed up in an attempt to use the courts to bilk the gun industry for millions and force them to agree to gun control measures that gun control supporters were unable to enact in Congress. The suits sought to hold members of the industry liable for the criminal behavior of those who misused their products.

These suits, though they were of little merit, posed a grave threat to the industry – and in turn, America’s gun owners. In 1998, the executive director of the anti-gun U.S. Conference of Mayors was quoted by the New York Times as stating, “[t]he lawyers are seeing green on this issue… they think they can bring the gun industry to its knees.” One of those attorneys “seeing green,” John Coale, was quoted in a 2000 Washington Post article remarking, “[t]he legal fees alone are enough to bankrupt the industry.”

The PLCAA merely prohibits lawsuits against the gun industry for the criminal misuse of their products by a third party. Suits against the industry for knowingly unlawful sales, negligent entrustment, and those predicated on traditional products liability grounds are still permitted.

The New York Times took issue with Biden’s characterization of the PLCAA, and pointed out that the industry is still subject to suit “for breaches of warranty or if a manufacturer or dealer sells a gun knowing that it would be used in a crime.” The Times also noted that the firearms industry’s protection is not unique, explaining,

The gun industry is also not the only industry to have special protections against lawsuits. For example, technology companies also enjoy a legal shield known as Section 230, which protects websites from liability for content created by their users. 

The Washington Post and FactCheck.org also pointed out the inaccuracies in Biden’s comments on the PLCAA.

Prominent anti-gun politicians have made a habit of spewing falsehoods about the PLCAA. In 2015 PolitiFact gave failed Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton a “False” rating for a claim that the firearms industry was “the only business in America that is wholly protected from any kind of liability.”

Biden also stretched the truth in regards to so-called “red flag” laws, which empower the government to confiscate an individual’s guns without due process. Biden claimed, “States that have red flag laws have seen and — seen a reduction in the number of suicides in their states.” Aside from the legitimate discussion as to whether the state should be further empowered in order to protect individuals from themselves, the evidence isn’t there for Biden’s claim.

It isn’t rare for Biden to deceive the public regarding firearms. What is rare is the stinging rebuke the president received from an often fawning mainstream press. A cynic could be forgiven for being skeptical that such dogged coverage will continue into the next election cycle.