Biden takes oath, but is his ‘unity’ promise hollow rhetoric?

Joe Biden takes oath of office, promising to be the president for all Americans, a vow he will promptly break as his administration ratchets down on Second Amendment rights. (YouTube, C-SPAN)

Joe Biden took his oath of office Wednesday and delivered a speech promising “unity” and representation for all Americans, but conservatives—and particularly gun owners—are left with the impression his rhetoric was hollow, considering his gun control plans.

As reported by CNN, Biden recently told a group of gun prohibition activists he wants to ban so-called “assault weapons.”

Social media has been busy this week as rights activists have been weighing in, declaring Biden cannot possibly preach unity after his party spent the past four years sewing hate and discontent toward President Donald Trump and his followers. The Daily Caller noted Biden didn’t even refer to Trump by name during his inaugural address, but did say, “For those who did not support us, let me say this: Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart.”

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“If you still disagree, so be it,” he continued. “That’s democracy. That’s America. The right to dissent peaceably within the guardrails of our Republic is perhaps this nation’s greatest strength. Hear me clearly, disagreement must not lead to disunion, and I pledge this to you: I will be a president for all Americans, and I promise you I will fight has hard for those who didn’t support me as those who did.”

Except, perhaps, when it comes to defending the right to keep and bear arms.

According to CBS News, during his first 100 days in office, Biden’s agenda calls for this: “After the FBI studies ‘loopholes’ in the gun background check system, Mr. Biden said he would ask Congress to close the ‘loopholes’ and also repeal liability protection for gun manufacturers, which would allow Americans to sue the gun industry if a gun is used in a crime. Biden also said he wants to ‘restructure’ federal agencies that oversee gun laws.”

Skeptical gun owners have been saying for years that Biden and his contemporaries consider the Second Amendment to be a “loophole,” and they won’t be happy until the right to keep and bear arms is reduced to a heavily-regulated privilege.

But some conservatives have also reacted furiously toward the “QAnon” ideology, according to Chron.com. They have been promising almost since Trump took office that important things were “about to happen.” But nothing did happen. No big revelations occurred leading to arrests and prosecutions. Some QAnon “adherents” are apparently in rebellion, the report said.

Now Trump has flown off to Florida and Biden is in the White House, already preparing to make life difficult, if not miserable, for the firearms industry and for tens of millions of individual gun owners.


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