NEWS & ANALYSIS

Joe Biden Pushes Background Checks for Guns, While Hunter Lied on His Own


Joe Biden took his first steps to address gun violence Thursday, calling the situation in the United States “an international embarrassment.”

He started with the restriction on the proliferation of ghost guns, which are assembled from kits and thus untraceable. Because more intense actions like banning assault weapons, closing background check loopholes and stripping gun manufacturers of their immunity from liability lawsuits would need help from Congress, Biden said it is critical to do what he can with executive power to confront the problem at hand. 

“We’ve got a long way to go – it seems like we always have a long way to go,” Biden said during an appearance in the Rose Garden. 

Biden said he wants the Department of Justice to issue a regulation within one month that requires a serial number for ghost gun kits so they can be traced. 

“I want to see these kits treated as firearms under the Gun Control Act,” he said. 

He also said the Department of Justice would publish model “red flag” legislation for states, allowing police and family members to petition a court to temporarily strip people of a weapon who are believed to be a danger to themselves or others. 

“Red flag laws can stop mass shooters before they can act out their violent plans,” he said. 

While Biden issued these new executive orders, his son, Hunter, is facing accusations of lying about his drug use in a background check for a gun. 

As reported by Human Events News, in October of 2018, Hunter and Hallie Biden – the widow of Beau, who Hunter dated after his brother’s death – were involved in a bizarre incident in which Halle took Hunter’s gun and threw it in a trash can behind a grocery store. Upon returning to retrieve it, she discovered it had vanished, thus prompting a law enforcement investigation. 

Secret Service agents reportedly went to the store where Hunter purchased the gun, asking for the paperwork involving the sale. The owner refused to hand it over, 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. 

As reported by Breitbart last month, Politico obtained a copy of the Firearms Transaction Record and a receipt for the gun, dated October 12, 2018. It asked, “are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” 

Hunter answered “no,” despite a history of intense drug use. 

Lying on this particular form is a felony. 

“Hundreds of thousands of people have been denied guns because of background checks,” Biden said. He added that the “vast majority” of the American people and “responsible gun owners” supported stronger background checks. 

Yet Biden’s own son was able to lie about his drug addiction on an application for a gun and suffer no consequences. The hypocrisy is astounding.