On Wednesday, Joe Biden, the President of the United States, touted that his new crime prevention strategy would focus on banning assault weapons & high-capacity magazines, firming up background checks, and improving community policing. The Democratic president met with local and state leaders as well as law enforcement officials before his comments to talk about crime prevention strategy because of the increase in violence in cities all over the United States.
Both Attorney General Merrick Garland and President Biden highlighted a historic rise in crime in the summertime. They also said that the sure might pronounced as the country comes out of the coronavirus pandemic. Moreover, the White House insisted reducing gun violence is key to pressing down an overwhelming rise of crime across the country. The president also pointed at a dispute used by Second Amendment advocates the right to self-protection needed to defend against possible government oppression.
Zero-tolerance Policy for Gun Dealers involved in Illegal Activities
Biden said that if someone thinks he needs to have weapons to take on the government, he needs some nuclear weapons or F-15s. He adds that they are not changing the Constitution, but they are enforcing it. Additionally, the president touted zero tolerance for gun dealers who intentionally violated the law and claimed that law enforcement agencies traced back ninety percent of illegal guns found at crime scenes to five percent of the gun dealers.
The zero-tolerance policy of the president targets federally licensed weapons dealers who intentionally sell a weapon to somebody banned from owning one or ignore a tracing request from the Firearms & Explosives (ATF), Tobacco, Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms. According to a senior White House official, the ATF would aim to cancel the license of the dealers after the first offense.
Biden said that if a gun dealer willfully sells a gun to someone who is forbidden from owning it, if someone deliberately fails to run a background check and if someone willfully misrepresents a record – his message to him that the authorities will find you and we seek to cancel his license to sell guns.
Biden Initiative was an Attempt to Distract from actual Causes of the Rise in Crime
The National Rifle Association of America (NRS) said the initiative of the president was an attempt to distract from the actual causes of a surge in crime. Amy Hunter, the spokeswoman of NRS, called it a political red herring while talking to Fox News. Further, she added that it aimed at hiding the abysmal and real failures of the Biden government.
Hunter adds that crime rates are high because of the failure to sue career criminals and efforts to defund the police. Moreover, the simple fact is strict implementation of existing laws in the country – including gun laws – together with the support of prosecutors and law enforcement to do their work would bring about a dramatic decrease in crime. However, Biden would rather play politics than make his nationals safer.
The Biden government also aimed at ghost guns, including modified firearms, which are homemade firearms without serial numbers, making it tough for the law enforcement to determine by whom, where, or when they manufactured and to whom they sold. Last month the ATF of the Justice Department intended to update the legal definition of the firearm for cracking down ghost guns.