President Joe Biden capped off a miserable week for Democrats by signing the bipartisan gun control bill into law, an accomplishment that couldn’t have happened without the help of a number of Republicans who stabbed their own constituents in the back to deliver a win for the embattled leader.
On Saturday morning, Biden affixed his signature to the controversial Safer Communities Act, the most consequential piece of anti-Second Amendment legislation in thirty years, in a subdued ceremony at the White House with much of the spring knocked out of his step after Friday’s historic overturning of landmark abortion ruling Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court.
The bill, which was rushed through as rapidly as possible in order to exploit an emotional public in the aftermath of two mass shootings, one at a Buffalo, N.Y. grocery store and another at a Uvalde, Texas elementary school, advances backdoor gun confiscation known as red flag laws which critics have warned will be abused by unfairly targeting political foes of the regime, especially Trump supporters who will be disarmed without due process.
“Time is of the essence,” Biden said. “Lives will be saved.”
“I’ve been at this work for a long, long time, and I know how hard it is, and I know what it takes to get it done. It was there — I was there 30 years ago, the last time this nation passed meaningful gun safety laws. And I’m here today for the most significant law to be passed since then, since — for the last 30 years,” he said.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) June 25, 2022
“I know there’s much more work to do, and I’m never going to give up. But this is a monumental day. God bless us with the strength to continue to work to get the work that’s left undone done, and the lives lost that can’t be saved that obviously are gone but will be an inspiration for us to do more,” Biden said before signing the bill.
The final hurdle for the assault on the rights of law-abiding gun owners was removed when the Senate bill sailed through Nancy Pelosi’s House of Representatives on Friday by 234-193 vote with 14 Republican defectors slithering into the enemy camp, including January 6 committee resistance heroes Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.
Prior to the House passage, the Senate voted 65–33 to approve the bill with a block of Republicans led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell along with the usual gaggle of anti-Trump lawmakers along with Lindsey Graham to give Biden a boost when the entire country is collapsing around him and his approval ratings are locked in a downward spiral.
The NRA issued a strong response following Biden’s signing ceremony.
“Gun Control Bill Signed Into Law by Biden. Bill was just introduced on Tuesday, jammed through, & signed just 4 days later,” the organization wrote on Twitter. “Make no mistake, behind the façade and the contrived talking points of safety, school security, and mental health, THIS IS A GUN CONTROL BILL.”
🚨BREAKING: Gun Control Bill Signed Into Law by Biden. Bill was just introduced on Tuesday, jammed through, & signed just 4 days later.
Make no mistake, behind the façade and the contrived talking points of safety, school security, and mental health, THIS IS A GUN CONTROL BILL.
— NRA (@NRA) June 25, 2022
Biden didn’t take any questions, mumbling that he had to leave to board a helicopter and walking away after remarking that the Supreme Court has made some “terrible decisions,” a reference to the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the affirmation of the Second Amendment by shooting down New York’s concealed carry law.
BIDEN, mumbling: "I have a helicopter waiting for me…I think the Supreme Court has made some terrible decisions."
*walks away* pic.twitter.com/6mtKHWwKbp
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 25, 2022
The red flag provisions in the bipartisan gun control bill are likely to end up before the SCOTUS as well where they will likely be ruled as unconstitutional.
Biden also said that he will be holding an event for lawmakers who voted for the bill after he returns from Europe.
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