It was only a few short years ago that America had to endure the presidency of a man determined to take a sledgehammer to the Second Amendment. Barack Obama would have been far more successful in his war against guns if he’d had Congress on his side, but even the loyal opposition couldn’t stop the president from doing as much – through executive orders and regulations – to curb the right to bear arms as possible. Now, after a period in which we’ve had a president who actually supports the Constitution, we may be heading back to the dark days of gun-grabbing thanks to Joe Biden.
Fox News noted this week that Jennifer O’Malley Dillion, Biden’s campaign manager and appointed deputy chief of staff, worked on Beto O’Rourke’s campaign before heading over to lead Biden’s. O’Rourke, many will remember, torpedoed his nascent campaign for the nomination when he said, during a nationally-televised debate: “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.”
Not long after, O’Malley Dillion produced a video in which she championed her candidate as the only Democrat willing to be bold on the issue of gun control.
“We are actually the only campaign with a plan…that supports mandatory buybacks of weapons of war,” she said at the time. “An assault weapon ban is very, very important, and we need to have it. But that only takes weapons of war off the streets in the future. It does nothing for weapons of war that are currently out there.”
She promised voters that Beto’s Big Buyback would take “15 or 16 million” guns off the streets.
Incoming Vice President Kamala Harris, of course, has also thrown her support behind the mandatory buyback of “assault weapons.” And Biden himself has said that owners of “assault weapons or high-capacity magazines” should face a choice: Either sell their goods back to the government or register them with the ATF.
As CNN pointed out last week, the uncertainty surrounding the next president’s gun agenda could lead to an unprecedented surge in sales:
Gun sales spiked after President Barack Obama’s successful 2008 and 2012 campaigns. The previous record of 15.7 million guns sold in a calendar year was set in 2016, when polling suggested that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency, motivating many people to stock up on firearms, according to Mark Oliva, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group that tracks and analyzes gun sales.
Democrats have long been the best unintentional salesmen the gun industry could ever want. Hopefully, spreading fear about the Second Amendment is as far as they ever come to dismantling it.