NEWS & ANALYSIS

Biden Announces Series of Executive Actions Backing Gun Control


Joe Biden announced a series of executive actions Wednesday confirming his support for gun control. 

“The Second Amendment from the day it was passed limited the type of people who could own a gun, and what type of weapon you could own,” Biden said. “You couldn’t buy a cannon.” 

Biden continued to make a somewhat confusing reference to Thomas Jefferson’s famous “tree of liberty” quote: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” 

“Those who say the blood of patriots, you know, ,and all that stuff about how we’re going to have to move against the government,” Biden said. “If you think you need to have weapons to take on the government,  you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons.” 

“The point is that there has always been the ability to limit, rationally limit, the type of weapon that could be owned and who could own it,” he continued. 

As reported by the Daily Signal, Biden discussed new multijurisdictional firearms-trafficking strike forces to stop illegal gun trafficking across state lines. 

These new forces will be in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., all of which have seen some of the largest increases in crime in the country. 

“An effective violent crime-reduction strategy must also address the illegal trafficking of firearms and focus on keeping guns out of the wrong hands,” Attorney General Merrick Garland, who was also present in the White House, said. 

Biden mentioned his long history of pushing gun control in the Senate: “I’ve been at this a long time,” he said. “There are things we know that work to reduce gun violence and violent crime.” 

He also talked about increasing resources for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to hold firearm dealers accountable. The ATF will attempt to revoke the licenses of gun dealers the first time they sell or transfer a gun to a prohibited person. 

Per the Daily Signal: “The ATF will attempt to revoke the licenses of gun dealers the first time they transfer a gun to a prohibited person; if they fail to run a required background check; if they falsify records, such as a firearms transaction form; or if they fail to respond to an ATF tracing request, or refuse to permit the ATF to conduct an inspection in violation of the law. That’s what Biden called a “zero tolerance” policy for rogue gun dealers.”