Vice President Joe Biden has been on a real tear against gun owners over the last couple of days. First, he mocked those with privacy concerns about the creation of a national gun database by deriding them as “the black helicopter crowd,” sneering there was “no way Uncle Sam can go find out whether you own a gun because we’re about to really take away all your rights, and you???re not going to be able to defend yourself, and we???re going to swoop down with Special Forces folks and gather up every gun in America.”
I guess the “black helicopter crowd” includes the ACLU now, since they’ve expressed exactly the sort of reservations that Biden thinks are the province of fringe lunatics. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has also expressed decidedly sober concerns about the background-check proposal advanced by his colleagues Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), as related by The Hill:
The deal by Toomey and Manchin expands background checks on guns to include sales done at gun shows and over the internet. The agreement also mandates records so law enforcement officials can make sure a gun sale took place. Coburn said the deal by Manchin and Toomey focuses more on record-keeping than protecting citizens’ rights.
“The agreement also prioritizes collecting records over protecting citizens. As gun control special interest groups admit, the proposal expands the government???s powers to record sales of firearms at the expense of expanding the scope of background checks,” Coburn said. “This is the wrong approach. Preventing sales to dangerous persons, not collecting receipts, will save lives.”
It’s hard to tell from Biden’s rant which part of his nightmare scenario is completely impossible, but if records of gun sales are accumulated in the manner Coburn opposes, it won’t be difficult at all for Uncle Sam to “go find out whether you own a gun.” Uncle Sam is also noted for employing a sizable contingent of armed forces, who justifiably pride themselves on their ability to “swoop down” when called into action. But the image of special operators wearing black body armor and night-vision goggles dropping out of stealth choppers to raid your house and seize your guns is another example of the bad-faith fantasizing so common to the gun control movement. If a process of widespread gun confiscation begins, it will be far more protracted and bureaucratic. And, of course, it would run over budget.
Here’s a funny little story from Missouri about just how carefully the government protects the privacy of gun owners:
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has twice turned over the entire list of Missouri concealed weapon permit holders to federal authorities, most recently in January, Sen. Kurt Schaefer said Wednesday.
Questioning in the Senate Appropriations Committee revealed that on two occasions, in November 2011 and again in January, the patrol asked for and received the full list from the state Division of Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing. Schaefer later met in his office with Col. Ron Replogle, superintendent of the patrol.
[…] Under Missouri law, the names of concealed weapon permit holders are confidential. The only place in Missouri where the names of all concealed carry permit holders is stored is among driver license records. Permit holders have a special mark on their licenses indicating they have been granted the privilege of carrying a gun.
The list was given to the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, Schaefer said he was told.
???Apparently from what I understand, they wanted to match up anyone who had a mental diagnosis or disability with also having a concealed carry license,??? Schaefer said. ???What I am told is there is no written request for that information.???
But sure, let’s bring our buffoonish Vice President onstage to have a few more yuks about the black-helicopter paranoia of the ACLU.
His act also includes dispensing the kind of “advice” that could get anyone foolish enough to take him seriously arrested, injured, or killed. Here, courtesy of the Washington Examiner, we have Shotgun Joe incorrectly telling Americans that his weapon of choice cannot shoot through the interior walls of houses, unlike the dreaded AR-15, so the shotgun presents less risk of inadvertently perforating your children while fending off a home invasion:
If you followed Biden’s previous home-defense advice, you already fired one round from your double-barreled shotgun in the air to frighten off the intruder, then ran inside and pumped the other round through the door when he persisted in violating the sanctity of your home, so you’re out of shots once he gets inside. Hopefully you can reload your bulky weapon quickly! You do keep spare shells in your pockets, right?
The piece de resistance of foolish arrogance came on MSNBC Thursday morning, where Biden delivered this assessment of those who own guns for any purpose other than hunting, with another hat tip to the Washington Examiner:
???There is a whole new sort of group of individuals now who ??? I don???t know what the numbers are ??? that never hunt at all,??? Biden said. ???But they own guns for one of two reasons, self-protection or they just like the feel of that AR-15 at the range. They like the way it feels.???
Biden imitated holding a weapon and added, ???You know, it???s like driving a Ferrari, Do you know what I mean????
???My impression is there???s not the same sort of cultural norm about gun ownership with a lot of people who are buying guns now,??? Biden added recalling a dinner he attended in Delaware sponsored by the “White Neck Hunting Club.”
The hunters he met there, Biden explained, were “responsible gun owners” who wanted to pass restrictions on assault rifles.
“They are embarrassed with this notion that somehow these guys are being — doing something that is inappropriate owning guns,” Biden insisted.
In his characteristically lunkheaded way, Biden is hammering the new liberal wedge of choice into the gun community, attempting to divide hunters from the rest of gun owners and keep them as pets on the leftist “responsibility” preserve. The hunting community in blue states is one of the great perceived threats to Democrat politicians who have gun control ambitions, so they’ll be insulated from contempt, and assured their preferred use for firearms won’t come under political attack. Ritual verbal salutes to hunters are the Democrat dilettante’s way of pretending he’s not completely ignorant about the guns he wants to regulate. Everybody else is an irresponsible twit who only wants an assault rifle because he’s going through a midlife crisis.
Hunting also happens to be an activity the government already regulates, so the power-hungry gun control lobby doesn’t mind backing away from hunting rifles. Whatever else may occur during our great “national conversation on guns,” the State already has plenty of resources for keeping tabs on hunters and controlling their use of firearms. That’s why hunting references are worked into just about every gun-control rant, such as New York governor Andrew Cuomo thundering “No one needs ten bullets to kill a deer!” right before pushing an unworkable gun control bill he didn’t bother to read.
The notion that only lifelong hunters can truly understand firearms is one of the most offensively stupid things Joe Biden has ever said… and that’s saying a lot. But let’s see the Vice President live by his own words, and set a good example for us all. I invite Joe Biden to dismiss all armed security for himself and his family, toss his wife a double-barreled shotgun for protection from home invaders, and keep no other firearms beyond a couple of carefully-stored hunting rifles.