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President Joe Biden has garnered criticism for delivering a lofty speech Wednesday that he claimed was about declaring war on the crime surge around the nation but that, in reality, sounded more like he was declaring war on the Second Amendment.

Not once during the speech did the president mention the Democrat policies that critics say are to blame for the crime spike, including the decriminalization of low-level offenses, the elimination of bail, and the automatic release of repeat felons.

In fact, speaking before the president, Attorney General Merrick Garland seemed to suggest that the administration wants to double down on such policies. He specifically argued that “arrests and convictions” are not “ends in themselves.”

Speaking immediately after Garland, the president used some of the most cliched, debunked gun-control talking points to trash firearms. For instance, he started off by listing strategies that he claimed “we know … reduce gun violence and violent crime.”

“Background checks for purchasing a firearm are important; a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines — no one needs to have a weapon that can fire over 30, 40, 50, even up to 100 rounds unless you think the deer are wearing Kevlar vests or something; community policing and programs that keep neighborhoods safe and keep folks out of trouble,” he said.

Background checks already exist, and there’s no such thing as “assault weapons.” It’s a made-up term used to fear-monger over America’s most popular rifle, the AR-15.

The president went on to announce plans to crack down “on rogue gun dealers,” to pursue “a strict enforcement of background checks,” to enact a “zero-tolerance” policy toward gun dealers who “violate existing laws and regulations,” to create “five new strike forces to crack down on illegal gun trafficking,” etc.

The number of background checks being conducted each month has been at historical highs because of all the Americans buying guns, so again, it’s unclear why the president remains fixated on them versus on lying gun purchasers like, say, his eldest son.

The president’s eldest son, Hunter, purposefully lied on a federal background check in 2018 so that he could purchase a .38 revolver. What he did is a federal offense, yet he’s never been held accountable. Why?

Continuing his speech, the president made the case that resolving the crime epidemic in Democrat cities will require offering “summer job training.”

“We know summer job training — summer jobs, training, and recreation for young people work. They help make sure young people pick up a paycheck instead of a pistol. One study found a Boston summer jobs program for youth reduction reduced violent crimes by 35 percent in Boston,” he said.

“Another study found that a program that offers high school students in Chicago a good summer job and an adult mentor and behavioral therapy led to a 45 percent drop in violence,”  he added.

The remarks drew comparisons to Obama administration State Department spokesperson Marie Harf’s “jobs for ISIS” remarks of 2016.

But Biden did actually have a point about unemployment exacerbating crime. What he didn’t seem to realize though was that he’s partly responsible for this phenomenon.

Case in point: On Monday a father of twin boys was murdered in Manhattan over a $3,000 chain that he refused to give up. In an interview on CNN two days later, the victim’s widow, Nixa Jordan, called out the Biden administration for giving people so much in unemployment that they have no incentive to work and thus stay busy.

Listen:

During Wednesday’s speech, the president also falsely claimed that the “cities that have the toughest gun laws” don’t have the worst gun violence:

What Biden didn’t do was talk about the murder of Jordan’s husband. He also didn’t talk about the murder of Ira Grayson, a father who was shot to death in front of his kids by a “repeat, violent, convicted domestic abuser” who’d been allowed to remain out of jail even after reportedly violating his probation.

It’s almost as if he doesn’t really care about stopping violent crime and is only interesting in stopping the Second Amendment.

Watch the president’s full speech below:

Vivek Saxena

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