Today is a day that ends in "y", so of course Joe Biden did or said something in keeping with his current level of coherence.
What did he do today? Let's take a look:
Ehhhh on the Biden scale of embarrassing mishaps, this is like a 2/10. I mean you certainly don't want a President confusing the name of an agency within the Executive Branch, but for Joe, who's cognitive abilities are commensurate with a parakeet these days, this one doesn't register as egregious.
Alright, maybe I'm short-changing parakeets.
What should worry you is the reason Biden was speaking in the Rose Garden today - he was announcing his choice to head up the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (the "ATF", not the "AFT", Joe) and unveiling a series of executive orders that he plans to sign that regulate firearm ownership.
Among them are a ban on what Biden calls "ghost guns", or guns that can be made from a kit and are theoretically outside of the regulatory sphere. Biden said with these kits "anyone from a criminal to a terrorist can buy this kit [and in] as little as 30 minutes put together a weapons" and that he wants such kits "treated as firearms". I have very limited knowledge about what these are and will not venture an opinion as to whether this is terrible or not so terrible.
Biden also stated that ""no amendment to the Constitution is absolute", a statement, which, of course, would've sent the media to DEFCON5 if it had been made by his predecessor. This caused some people on Twitter to contemplate what OTHER amendments are no longer sacrosanct:
The other executive orders mentioned by Biden included a regulation to "“make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act" and a proposed legislative model from the DOJ on “red flag” laws that each state could use their own legislation.
I do not care what proposed legislation the DOJ sets forth, so long as failure to adhere to this proposed legislation doesn't come with a penalty for states that choose not to adopt the what's put forward.
One thing is for certain, Americans are still buying guns. According to a U.S. News and World Report story from last week, the FBI “conducted nearly 4.7 million background checks, breaking the record high that was just set in January”.
God, I love this country.
What will come next? Likely a whole shit-ton of litigation designed at thwarted all of Biden's efforts. Hopefully, the judicial appointments under the Trump administration stand as a bulwark against any potential infringement on our Second Amendment rights.
We shall see.
Happy Thursday and God Bless America.