A number of high ranking members in Joe Biden’s administration have expressed support for mandatory gun buybacks – which are essentially forced weapon seizures in exchange for some amount of monetary compensation. Now, their radical anti-gun agenda is being unleashed on the American public.
The Biden administration is arguing for expanding government power, telling the Supreme Court that police should be allowed to enter homes without a warrant to seize handguns.
This comes as Biden and congressional Democrats press for aggressive new restrictions on Second Amendment gun ownership rights, including controversial “red flag” laws, which allow gun seizures from law-abiding gun owners with limited due process, in the wake of a highly publicized deadly mass shooting at a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket.
The administration is trying to use a loophole that allows officers to enter a home if they feel a person is suicidal.
One lawyer arguing in favor of the warrantless seizure of weapons said, “If they’ve been told that the person is suicidal, they cannot get in touch with the person, they cannot get in touch with a mental health professional, I think in that situation they could go in.”
“Our nation doesn’t abandon those in need. Police officers cannot turn their backs and walk away.”
Biden’s administration is filled with people who have expressed support for that policy including press secretary Jen Psaki, Deputy Chief of Staff Jennifer O’Malley Dillon and Cedric Richmond, a senior adviser to Biden and the director of the Office of Public Engagement.
Vice President Harris called mandatory buybacks “a good idea,” according to Bloomberg.
During the presidential campaign, many Democrats were excited about comments from former Democrat Rep. Beto O’Rourke, when he said he would happily take Americans’ AR-15s.
“Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15, AK-47,” O’Rourke said at a Democratic presidential debate.
“Americans who own AR-15s and AK-47s will have to sell their assault weapons,” he also said on the campaign trail.
Psaki on the night of the debate when O’Rourke made his “Hell yes” pledge excitedly supported the then-candidate’s mission to “take guns.”
“Thank you @BetoORourke take guns,” she said in a tweet. “Please. No one needs an assault weapon. This is a crisis.”
O’Malley Dillon worked for O’Rourke at the time and she touted mandatory gun buybacks as well.
“We are actually the only campaign with a plan…that supports mandatory buybacks of weapons of war,” she said in a YouTube video.
“An assault weapon ban is 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 and I think there’s 15 or 16 million,” O’Malley Dillon added.
Democrats have re-upped their calls for gun control in the wake of a shooting in Colorado this week that killed 10 people in a grocery store.
The National Rifle Association (NRA), the top gun rights advocacy group in the U.S., previously assailed Biden and Harris for allegedly wanting to “confiscate” guns and said Biden “would leave Americans defenseless and at the mercy of criminals.” The group on Tuesday warned some “have already rushed to politicize” the “horrific” shooting in Colorado.
“The men and women of the NRA are saddened by this tragic and senseless crime. It is our longstanding rule to wait for all the facts to be known before making any policy statements,” the group said in a statement.
“Regrettably, gun control advocates have already rushed to politicize this horrific situation – even as most of the salient facts remain unknown. We would like to express our gratitude to law enforcement, first responders, and local officials for their courageous efforts. We support their pursuit of the facts involved.”
Senate Majority Leader Democrat Chuck Schumer has said he plans to bring House-passed gun bills to the Senate floor in the wake of the Colorado shooting, and Harris on CBS Wednesday called for legislation on guns.