Second Amendment advocates have made it clear for months that a Biden administration would present a major threat to the ability to the right to bear arms.
Biden’s recent selection of Xavier Becerrra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services has only confirmed this fear. Dave Workman of AmmoLand explained that Becerra is “the anti-gun California attorney general who replaced another gun prohibitionist, Kamala Harris, when she was elected to the U.S. Senate.”
In addition, Becerra is the defendant in a number of lawsuits that pro-gun organizations such as the Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, and others have filed. SAF has already sued Becerra five times, further highlighting Becerra’s antipathy towards the Second Amendment.
Should he be confirmed as HHS Secretary, Becerra could have the ability to use the power of the federal government to categorize guns as a “health risk.” Anti-gun advocates have turned to such a strategy in order to frame the gun ownership as a public health crisis. The next step would be to label gun owners as “mentally ill” and use state power to round up and disarm people that the state deems unfit to hold firearms.
The use of health to justify government overreach has been a frequent tactic of modern tyrannical states such as the Soviet Union. The U.S. will likely provide its own twist to this should Becerra come into power and the Georgia runoffs go in the Democrats’ favor.
The latter is important because having a Republican majority in the Senate is key to preventing Becerra from receiving a confirmation. A win by Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue would establish a small, but crucial majority in the Senate. Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton is one of the first Republicans who has already stated that he will not vote to confirm Becerra.
Workman brought attention to one case where Becerra’s office was involved in heading a “coalition” of anti-gun organizations that included Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence “in filing a lawsuit against the Trump Administration demanding the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) correct its interpretation of what qualifies as a firearm.”
Giffords Executive Director Peter Ambler was ecstatic about Biden’s selection of Becerra when the pick was announced on December 7.
“After four years of Donald Trump, Americans desperately need strong leadership from the top to confront public health crises like the coronavirus pandemic and gun violence,” Ambler declared in a statement. “Xavier Becerra is a superb choice to take charge of Health & Human Services, which will have one of the most critical missions in the Biden-Harris Administration. Becerra has an impressive record of taking action to protect and improve public health, he’s been a partner in the fight against gun violence, never backing down from special interests like the gun lobby in his mission to save lives. We look forward to working with him and the rest of the cabinet to address gun violence.”
With how divided the U.S. government will likely end up being, Becerra’s selection could prove deadly. Democrats will be deprived of conventional legislative means to pass gun control at the federal level, but they will still have the keys to the administrative state. Second Amendment activists must remain vigilant and keep tabs on activities coming from administrative agencies.
But this scenario can be avoided altogether if Democrats are denied a Senate majority in the Georgia runoffs on January 5.
Texas Governor Abbott Wants Texas to Be a “Second Amendment Sanctuary”
The Texas GOP needs to get its act together and start passing pro-2A legislation
Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he wants to turn Texas into a Second Amendment sanctuary state.
Patrick Sviteck of the Texas Tribune reported on Twitter, “Abbott tells TPPF he wants to make TX a “2A sanctuary state” this session “so that no gov’t official at any level can come & take your gun away from you despite those ppl who say, ‘Heck yes, we’re gonna take your gun.’ We’re gonna say, ‘Heck no, you cannot take ppl’s guns'” in TX.”
Abbott’s quip about taking people’s guns was in response to Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke remarks during the 2019 Democrat presidential debates where he explicitly called for gun confiscation.
Abbott tells TPPF he wants to make TX a "2A sanctuary state" this session "so that no gov't official at any level can come & take your gun away from you despite those ppl who say, 'Heck yes, we're gonna take your gun.' We're gonna say, 'Heck no, you cannot take ppl's guns'" in TX
— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) January 14, 2021
Abbott’s comment came after a number of Texas counties began to declare themselves as “Second Amendment sanctuaries” throughout 2020. Daniel Friend of The Texan reported that “By early 2020, commissioners in over 60 counties — often with the support of the county sheriff — had passed some sort of Second Amendment sanctuary resolution.”
Two elected officials have filed different versions of the Texas Firearm Protection Act, which Greg Abbott pushed back in 2013 when he was Attorney General. The TFPA is a piece of legislation that would ban law enforcement from enforcing federal gun control schemes “that purports to regulate a firearm, a firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition if the statute, order, rule, or regulation imposes a prohibition, restriction, or other regulation, such as a capacity or size limitation, a registration requirement, or a background check, that does not exist under the laws of this state.”
At a Texas Public Policy Foundation event, Abbott emphasized his pro-Tenth Amendment credentials by stating that “I still hold a record that will never be broken by anybody.I hold the record for the most lawsuits filed against Barack Obama — 31 legal actions against him.”
The Texas Governor added, “We had to because the actions he was taking trampled upon Texas’ liberties based upon the Tenth Amendment. We need to go back to the fundamentals of the Tenth Amendment and reassert that against any potential encroachments that we see under the Biden administration.”
The sanctuary movement is arguably one of the brightest spots for the right heading into the Biden era. Despite Democrat control at the federal level, there will be more paths for reform available at the state and local level. This should make Second Amendment operatives realize that not all politics is federal. Plus, gaining in power in D.C. necessitates having strong local political machines. Fighting Second Amendment battles at the state and local level is a good way to build a power base.
As cliche as it may sound, all politics is still local.
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