U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Never one to mince words, Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) issued a scathing news release about former Vice President Joe Biden’s “new” gun control scheme announced at a Nevada gun control forum, calling it “the same goal with a different sales pitch.”
But in an exclusive chat with Ammoland News, the veteran Second Amendment advocate, looking somewhat tongue-in-cheek at Biden’s current dilemma surrounding his son, Hunter’s involvement with a Ukranian gas and oil project while the elder Biden was vice president, wondered, “Maybe if we paid his son $50,000, like the Ukranians did, Joe might become a Second Amendment supporter.”
The younger Biden, according to published reports, was paid $50,000 a month by Burisma Holdings, the Ukranian energy firm. At the time, according to The Federalist, then-Vice President Biden “oversaw Ukraine policy for the Obama administration.” Conservative commentators are already raising the issue.
The Washington Examiner is suggesting “Biden's 2020 presidential campaign could be ‘blown up’ by suspicions over Joe's and his son Hunter's dealings with Ukraine, according to one of his top allies.”
But so far as Gottlieb is concerned, the real problem with the elder Biden is his long history of gun control.
“We all know that on the campaign trail Biden has been all touchy feely,” he said, adding this promise: “We are going to make sure that he keeps his hands off of our guns.”
The former vice president has been a “champion of every gun control scheme that came along” while he was serving on Capitol Hill. In a news release, Gottlieb noted Biden has frequently bragged about pushing the Clinton ban on semi-auto rifles and so-called “high capacity” magazines in the 1990s that studies later showed “had little to zero effect on violent crime rates.”
“Remember,” Gottlieb said, “this is the same Joe Biden who once famously counseled people to fire a double-barreled shotgun into the air from outside their house to scare away home invasion robbers. That’s not only illegal, it’s dangerous in a populated area. And this guy thinks he can tell us about ‘gun safety’ measures?”
Under Biden’s scheme, announced during a gun control forum in Nevada, semi-auto rifles would be regulated under the 1934 National Firearms Act, same as full-auto machine guns.
Owners would have the option of licensing and registration, or they could sell those firearms to the government. According to Gottlieb and CCRKBA, Biden’s plan still has the ultimate goal of eliminating ownership of the most popular rifle in America, today, and gun owners fear that’s just for starters.
“The Biden gun ban scheme falls right in line with the other Democrat presidential candidates’ goals of prohibition and confiscation,” Gottlieb asserted. “What we need to ban are assault politicians that have no respect for our rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment. We will get a chance to do that at the ballot box in 2020.”
Biden and other Democrats will have a problem selling any kind of “buyback” in the wake of Democrat presidential candidate “Beto” O’Rourke’s infamous threat last month to confiscate AR15 and AK47 rifles. As reported earlier by Ammoland News, the new FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2018 once again shows that a fraction of all homicides in the United States involve rifles of any kind. Biden and his contemporaries may try to ignore this, but it is a question that will keep coming up.
Gottlieb did give Biden a rather left-handed compliment. He said Barack Obama’s vice president is at least “consistent.”
“Biden has consistently voted against the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” he stated. “He has consistently pressed for gun control laws that have not prevented criminals from committing crimes with firearms that Biden’s laws said they shouldn’t have. He has consistently been wrong on Second Amendment issues. And now he’s offering a re-packaged version of gun control that he hopes will sound like a moderate compromise to the gun prohibition crowd.”
“Joe Biden has consistently ignored the fact that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental right, not a privilege that can be regulated by his, or anyone else’s gun control scheme.”—Alan Gottlieb, CCRKBA
As the campaign continues, with Sen. Bernie Sanders sidelined, at least for the moment, with heart-related problems, more people are looking at Biden’s age as a potential disqualifier. He is 76 years old, three years older than President Trump. But Biden commits gaffes, like during a speech in which he was attempting to associate Trump with white supremacists.
“We’re living through a rare moment in this nation’s history,” Biden asserted, “where our president isn’t up to the moment, where our president lacks the moral authority to lead, where our president has more in common with George Wallace than he does with George Washington.”
Perhaps Biden forgot that the late Gov. Wallace was a Democrat.
Such lapses led Gottlieb to observe in his chat with Ammoland News, “Unlike the Second Amendment, Biden is past his expiration date.”
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