“We’re coming for your guns.” Remember that? It was one of the most infamous lines of the Democratic primaries. Beto O’Rourke was one of the loudest to say that he would come for guns.
Just because he didn’t win the Democratic primaries doesn’t mean that the idea is off the table. In fact, it’s probably more likely to happen with Biden coming into office and his choice for White House Deputy Chief of Staff.
Jennifer O’Malley Dillon is the one that Biden has chosen to fill the spot – and she’s the one bind managing Beto’s campaign, complete with pushing for the mandatory buybacks of certain firearms.
Beto thought it was entirely possible that the American government could perform mandatory gun buybacks of AR-15s, AK-47s, and any other rifles they felt were necessary to add to the list. Sure, Americans would get paid for them, but likely only a fraction of what they’re worth.
So, the argument that was around when Beto said this the first time around is back. How would the government know who owns such guns? Many were purchased illegally. Even when they were purchased legally, many have been handed down through the family over the years.
It would be impossible for the government to know who has these guns. They can ask people to turn them over, but they’ll only get a small percentage of what’s out there.
Are they going to knock on everyone’s door to find out if they have such a gun and to demand that it be turned over? Not only is that entirely time-consuming and dangerous, but it’s also a violation of our second amendment rights.
Kamala Harris likes the idea of the mandatory buyback program but hasn’t worked out the details on how it would work.
Anderson Cooper of CNN asked Biden if a Biden administration would mean that people have to worry about people coming for their guns. Biden responded with, “Bingo. You’re right if you have an assault weapon.” He went on to say that he felt that those should be illegal.
The problem is that there is no such category as an “assault” weapon. Most people have rifles or semi-automatic weapons but they’re for sport. People take them to the range.
If anyone’s using those weapons to kill, it doesn’t matter if the weapon is legal or not because the intended purpose is illegal. It’s illegal to kill people – so there’s no need to make the weapon illegal, too.
We’re back to the same argument as we’ve been to a million times before: guns don’t kill people, people do.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has estimated that there are approximately 434 million firearms owned by Americans and 19.8 million of these are categorized as Modern Sporting Rifles – which includes AR-15s, AK-47s, and similar rifle platforms.
The Biden-Harris administration better come up with a really good plan for how they’re planning on collecting nearly 20 million Modern Sporting Rifles from Americans across the country. They’ll likely start off by asking for a voluntary recall – and a very small percentage of Americans may participate. From there, they’ll have to deal with Supreme Court lawsuits as various gun and rifle associations sue because it’s an infringement on our rights to bear arms.
It’s laughable that both Biden and Harris think that they’ll be able to come to get our guns. No one will want to be tasked with the job of knocking on everyone’s door in America to find out if they have guns. And if someone says they don’t, are they going to get search warrants?
They may be able to ban the sale of such guns, but they’re never going to collect the ones that are out there. Even if they do figure out a way to pull it off, it won’t end violence. When there’s a will, there’s a way. Criminals are criminals. If they want to commit mass murder, getting their hands on a gun illegally is the least of their concerns.