In an address to the Democratic Caucus Conference on Wednesday, Biden pledged to “ban assault weapons come hell or high water.” But certainly, that’s not the only issue being spewed from the mouths of anti-gun Democrats, and now the US military may restrict guns in an effort to stop suicides. Never mind addressing the core issues of suicide, or pushing programs that could actually help service members in trouble…just more restrictions on guns is their preferred plan. What’s that message?
Biden’s Cause: ban assault weapons
“I know it may make some of you uncomfortable, but that little state above me, Delaware is one of them, has the highest rate, one of the highest rates of gun ownership. But guess what? We’re going to ban assault weapons again come hell or high water. And high capacity magazines.” Joe Biden
Biden was speaking just days after the Michigan State University shooting in which 2 handguns (not the usual ‘assault weapons’) were used to kill 3 people and injure several others. A ban would have done nothing to stop that tragedy and would do nothing to stop any other mass murders. But what about the military’s plan to stop suicides by severely restricting personal weapons?
US Military trust issue: restrictions for service members who routinely use guns.
Is it possible that more restrictions for service members might undermine trust in the Military? After all, these folks use weapons on a regular basis in their job. Suddenly they would no longer be able to purchase one, the ammo, and yes, they’d even be “warned” about energy drinks. So now a Red Bull doesn’t give you wings, it causes suicide? What about the real core problems? What about the military culture that has gone totally off the beam? When ordinary people see such restrictions placed on our service members, will they view it as a trust issue?
The U.S. military is concerned with the rising rate of suicides among service members. In response, a Suicide Prevention and Response Independent Review Committee (SPRIRC) established by the Department of Defense (DOD) is recommending limiting their access to guns and posting warning signs about energy drinks.
An SPRIRC report recommends “on DoD property, raise the minimum age for purchasing firearms and ammunition to 25 years.” This change is designated as “high priority”—something SPRIRC considers to be “necessary” or “must” change.
The committee also recommends subjecting all gun purchases on DoD property to a seven-day waiting period, and implementing “a 4-day waiting period for ammunition purchases on DoD property to follow purchases and receipt of firearms purchased on DoD property.”
The waiting period rules are also designated as high priority, as is requiring “anyone living on DoD property in military housing to register all privately owned firearms with the installation’s arming authority” and establishing “DoD policy restricting the possession and storage of privately owned firearms in military barracks and dormitories.” Reason.com
Let’s be clear- not all states limit the purchase of firearms for someone under 21, let alone 25. The need to learn about weapons is imperative for military members. But if the military hands them a fully automatic weapon, yet restricts them from buying a semi-automatic weapon, what message does that send? Will that undermine trust? The SPRIRC review leaves programs that could actually address the problem of suicide as only a “moderate” priority – the gun restrictions are the high priority.
“Come hell or high water.”
Biden and the anti-gun lobby have a twisted view of reality and the 2nd Amendment. Their messaging has managed to create fear of firearms in generations of Americans in larger cities, while rural areas generally still have a healthy knowledge of firearms. But we cannot, must not, create fear of our military members. Obama did much to portray US veterans as dangers to society simply because of firearms ownership. Now that message could be extended to currently serving military members. Biden’s plan to ban “assault weapons come hell or high water” does not help any of the issues of either mass shootings or suicides. It only perpetuates division.
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