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Gun paranoia and the election

Jack Bernard, a retired SVP with a large national healthcare firm, has worked extensively with hospitals across the nation regarding cost containment and insurance. He was also the first Director of Health Planning for Georgia.

The Second Amendment reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

“He (Biden) led the Obama/Biden attacks on your Second Amendment rights” – National Shooting Sports Foundation post card 

 

What is the National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF) PAC? It’s part of the Firearm Industry Trade Association, naturally. It’s primarily funded by the gun and ammunition industry and their friends. For a list of donors see https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave2.php?cmte=C00480863&cycle=2020.

As for their charge about Biden leading the charge against guns, it is completely untrue. As Obama accurately stated in 2011, “In this country, we have a strong tradition of gun ownership… hunting and shooting are part of our national heritage…my administration has not curtailed the rights of gun owners—it has expanded them.”

Obama and Biden did not run on gun control and “President Barack Obama‘s record on gun control is a fairly weak one” per an analysis of what he actually accomplished

(https://www.thoughtco.com/obama-gun-laws-passed-by-congress-3367595).

In fact, the only two laws passed did expand rights of gun owners to carry arms on trains and in National Parks. Even though the NSSF says Biden will “issue Executive Orders” on gun control, none were issued by Obama or recommended to him by Biden as far as we know.

Obama was never able to enact common sense laws like stopping the purchase of firearms by people on the terrorist watch list. Even simple things like more comprehensive background checks were never enacted, despite the fact that the number of mass murders committed by gun toting men skyrocketed during his term. So much for Biden leading the charge.

The NSSF also charges that Biden will “ban commonly owned firearms…used…for self-defense and hunting.” Again, this is untrue. Biden is not advocating taking anyone’s guns.

For military type assault weapons, which no one uses for hunting, he does want to stop them from being produced and sold in the future, as well as having existing ones registered to maintain public safety. He also wants to restrict the purchase of firearms to one per month per person to prevent armed domestic terrorist groups from stockpiling weapons.

The NSSF further incorrectly states Biden will require “approval” of gun transfers to family members. Biden has clearly stated he will not propose that gifts between family members be regulated.

What are Biden’s other positions? He believes that: All gun purchasers should have background checks to eliminate criminals and mentally unstable people from obtaining them; No one should automatically be given approval to purchase a firearm even if the process takes longer than three days; The Federal government should keep up to date records on fugitives from justice to prevent them from obtaining guns; and we must adequately fund the background checking system.

The bottom line is that Biden is a moderate on guns. He wants to keep us safe while not restricting our rights.

 

Jack Bernard, a retired SVP with a large national healthcare firm, has worked extensively with hospitals across the nation regarding cost containment and insurance. He was also the first Director of Health Planning for Georgia.