White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Tuesday afternoon that President Biden is scheming an “executive action” on gun control – which would bypass Congress to further the left’s anti-gun rights agenda.
Psaki said Biden was considering a “range of options” but that the use of an executive order was not off the table.
“We are considering a range of levers, including working through legislation, including executive action,” Psaki said. “That has been under discussion and will continue to be under discussion.”
Psaki further added that, as Vice President under then-president Barack Obama, Biden was tasked with researching whether and how a White House executive order could be used to curb gun rights.
“He as vice president was leading the effort on determining executive actions that could be taken on gun safety measures, it’s something that he has worked on, he’s passionate about, he feels personally connected to. But there’s an ongoing process and I think we feel we have to work on multiple channels at the same time,” she said.
Earlier on Tuesday, President Biden delivered remarks on the subject of gun control, but steered clear of the topic of executive action, instead choosing to press Congress to pass a pair of House bills expanding federal background checks on weapons purchases and closing the so-called “gun show loophole” which Democrats claim allows individuals to purchase weapons from certain sellers at certain events without an investigation.
Biden also stressed a need to outlaw “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines” but did not give details on how he would address either, nor specifics on what he considered an assault weapon or a high capacity magazine.
“I got that done as a senator. It brought down mass shootings, we can do it again,” Biden said Tuesday, referring to the 1990s-era assault weapons ban that expired under President George W. Bush. “We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again.”
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future. And to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act. We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again,” Biden said.
It is also not clear what Biden could accomplish on the issue of gun control through executive action. Executive actions are tricky, and one that would curb an explicit constitutional right would be trickier still.
Previously, the White House has proposed extremely limited executive orders on guns, specifically orders requiring background checks for home-made, 3D printed, or makeshift guns known as “ghost guns.”
Biden and the Democrats renewed push for gun control comes after an ISIS related terrorist gunned down 10 victims at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.
Senator Ted Cruz hammered Democrats for using the latest mass shooting, for their own political gain.
Cruz stated, “Every time there’s a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders.”
Cruz pointed out that he and GOP Senator Charles Grassley had introduced the Grassley-Cruz amendment in 2013 that could have prevented some shootings, then noted the Democrats had filibustered the bill so it could not pass.
“The senator from Connecticut just said, ‘It’s time for us to do something,” Cruz stated, referring to Democrat Richard Blumenthal who spoke before him, “I agree; it’s time for us to do something. And every time there’s a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders.”
“The senator from Connecticut just said the folks on the other side of the aisle have no solutions. Well, the senator from Connecticut knows that is false. And he knows that’s false because Senator Grassley and I together introduced legislation, Grassley-Cruz, that targeted at violent criminals, targeted at felons, targeted at fugitives, targeted at those with serious mental disease, to stop them from getting firearms, to put them in prison when they try to illegally buy guns.”
“What happens in this committee after every mass shooting is Democrats propose taking away guns from law-abiding citizens because that’s their political objective,” Cruz continued. “But what they propose, not only does it not reduce crime, it makes it worse. The jurisdictions in this country with the strictest gun control have among the highest rates of crime and murder. When you disarm law-abiding citizens you make them more likely to be victims.”
“If you want to stop these murders, go after the murderers,” Cruz argued.
“Every year firearms are used in a defensive capacity to defend women, children, families, roughly a million times a year in the United States. And the Democrats who want to take away the guns from those potential victims would create more victims of crimes, not less,” Cruz added. “…By the way, I don’t apologize for thoughts or prayers; I will lift up in prayer people who are hurting and I believe in the power of prayer, and the contempt of Democrats for prayers is an odd sociological phenomenon.”