The ink wasn’t dry on the most wide-ranging gun control law in decades before President Joe Biden declared “there is more work to do.” For non-believers in the dangers of “slippery slopes,” look no further than the Democratic reaction to their rare victory.
As the National Rifle Association so astutely declared, legislators already admitted the gun control bill simply “paves the way” for more unconstitutional measures.
The left is far from satisfied with the newly-signed federal law. Supporters know quite well that the act was shoved through Congress as balm for gun control advocates following recent horrific shootings.
What it took the place of are measures that would actually cut down on violence and lawlessness. Measures such as harsh penalties for those who break existing gun laws, revamped mental health care, and going all-in for law enforcement.
Declaring “time is of the essence,” the president moved quickly to put his signature on the most sweeping gun bill in close to 30 years. Biden added that “lives will be saved.”
The impetus for the legislation was two mass shootings within a week of each other in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. Both were carried out by 18-year-olds who legally purchased assault-style rifles and were not stopped by existing laws.
At least the Buffalo shooter, Payton Gendron, would likely have been blocked from buying his weapons under the new measure. It allows for juvenile records to be reviewed to initiate “red flag” laws that keep firearms out of the hands of those who may harm themselves or others.
The measure was signed just two days after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a New York state law making it difficult to carry concealed weapons.
Realistically, Democrats got precious little of what they really wanted in the new law. And they are not going to forget or stop trying to chip away at the 2nd Amendment.
The bill that Biden signed into law did not ban a single class of firearms or magazines, limit purchases, establish universal licensing or a national database. Don’t believe for one moment that the left is satisfied and will move on. This, as the president indicated, is merely the first step.