If Joe Biden has his way, the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms could be nearly legislated out of existence.
And that would have the blessing of the Communist Party of China.
The New York Post’s Nels Frye observed back in March that President Xi Jinping and the People’s Republic of China were rooting for former Vice President Joe Biden to emerge victorious in November’s general election.
After all, Biden supported the grant of Permanent Normal Trade Relations status to China in 2000, at a time when he chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Ten years later his attitude toward China hadn’t changed. Biden said, "A rising China is a … positive development not only for China, but for America."
Well, maybe not a "positive development" for all of America, according to recent reports — but at least for the Biden family personally.
Biden has also been strangely silent on China’s currency manipulation, its theft of trade and state secrets, and its role in the U.S. fentanyl crisis. And he’s barely mentioned China in the same sentence with the global coronavirus pandemic.
But there’s one issue upon which China and Joe Biden remain especially copacetic — the Second Amendment.
China doesn’t understand the concept of the private ownership of firearms, and a year ago, nearly to the day, the state owned Global Times published an op-ed denouncing the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“Private gun ownership is a tradition from the early days at the founding of the US,” the opinion piece said. “In a modern society, the problems created by this tradition have already exceeded the benefits.”
China speaks; Biden listens.
The former vice president has proposed to hold gun manufacturers responsible for every incident of violence in which a firearm was used. If that were to happen, gun makers would disappear in the United States virtually overnight.
It would be akin to giving every victim involving a drunk driver the ability to sue General Motors and Jim Beam.
Looking back fondly on the 1994 10-year ban on so-called "assault rifles" and "high capacity magazines," Biden would take a different approach to the same items.
He wouldn’t outright ban them, but he would make it expensive to keep them.
Biden would require owners of weapons similar to AR-15s to register them with the federal government and pay a $200 fee on each such weapon. Owners of magazines having the ability to hold more than 10 rounds would also be forced to pay a $200 fee for each such magazine.
Imagine owning a handgun whose standard magazines contain 13 rounds — and you own five magazines, for which you paid $35 apiece. You now owe Uncle Sam $1,000.
The Washington Free Beacon estimated that it could cost gun owners as much as $34 billion in new taxes.
But Biden provides a way out.
Uncle Sam will be willing to buy them back from the owner.
But it’s not really a buy-back when the owner doesn’t really want to sell but can’t afford the oppressive tax. It’s confiscation all dressed up in lipstick and a bow.
The only real firewall against this — and many other wrongheaded ideas coming from the imagination of Joe Biden — will be the Senate, making the Jan. 5, 2021 Senate runoffs in Georgia all the more important.
The Global Times may have had an ulterior motive for publishing an op-ed mocking America’s tradition of private gun ownership.
It came out about four months after Hong Kong protesters demanded their own version of the Second Amendment, as a means to protect themselves from the oppressive Chinese government.
But the timing may have been awkward for them. Their opinion piece came out on Dec. 29, 2019 — the very day that a good guy with a gun took out a bad guy with a gun.
That was the day Jack Wilson prevented a mass shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas.
And that’s what the Second Amendment is for — to protect yourself and others. And, as the protesters in Hong Kong realize, it’s also to protect yourself against an oppressive and overreaching government.
It worked out well for us back in 1776.
And when it’s all said and done, maybe that’s what Biden is most afraid of:
American citizens rising up.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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