Gun-Control Advocates Express Dismay Over Biden’s Inaction 

President Joe Biden. (Screengrab: WhiteHouse.gov)

Joe Biden did not do enough in 2021 to appease the gun prohibition lobby. 

Speaking to The Hill, various gun-control advocates expressed dismay over the administration’s failure to infringe on the 2A rights of law-abiding citizens.  

“I think the biggest thing to highlight here is that the president has been a friend to the gun violence prevention (GVP) movement this year and we’re thankful, but frankly, he hasn’t really been a leader,” Zeenat Yahya, deputy policy director at March for Our Lives, told the newspaper.  

“We’re definitely surprised. We were really hopeful and he made a lot of promises. We are thankful for some of the actions the president has already taken but there is so much more he can do that’s a comprehensive top-to-bottom approach,” Yahya continued.

Legislative priorities include criminalizing private transfers, banning the possession of black rifles and standard capacity magazines as well as federal confiscation orders (a national “red flag” law).  

Republicans in the evenly-divided Senate snuffed out attempts to bring such measures up for a vote.

“It is very difficult for any administration to sort of do enough in that context and I think indeed, we would like to see more from the Biden administration. What we need more than anything right now is a comprehensive strategy to deal with this reality, what is the plan?” asked Peter Ambler, executive director and co-founder of Giffords. 

The White House did make moves in June of 2021, pressuring the ATF to redefine the term “firearm” to cover certain firearm parts and kits and to reclassify pistol braces as firearm stocks.  The agency has yet to issue its final ruling on either front.  

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In defending the Biden Administration from the criticism, John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, pointed to that as cause for hope and a sign of what’s to come.  

“From their work on stopping illegal gun trafficking with DOJ strike forces, to their strong proposed rule reining in ghost guns that we expect to be finalized any day now, to being strong advocates for a historic investment in community violence intervention programs in the American Rescue Plan, this administration has been a strong ally to the gun safety movement,” he said.  

“This year was just the start and we expect more from the executive branch in 2022,” Feinblatt added.  

While Feinblatt can point to a few, arguably shallow victories over the past year, there’s no getting around Biden’s biggest defeat: David Chipman.  

Biden nominated Chipman to head the ATF in April but had to pull it in September.  Chipman, a former ATF agent who is currently the senior policy advisor for Giffords, was a controversial candidate from the beginning.  

Apart from fierce resistance from pro-gun GOP lawmakers, Chipman insulted gun owners, refused to define the term “assault weapons” during a Senate committee hearing, allegedly said racist remarks about coworkers, and may have even lost his duty gun while working for the agency.

Still, despite his many issues, anti-gunners viewed Chipman as an ally who could marshal the resources of the ATF to put the screws to gun owners.

“David Chipman failing to get confirmed was probably the biggest blow that we’ve seen this year to federal efforts to address the gun violence prevention epidemic. We need a confirmed ATF director,” said Ambler of Giffords.

While 2021 was largely a failure for the gun prohibition lobby, there’s no doubt that they’re hoping to turn things around in 2022. The 2A community can’t rest on its laurels.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • frank taglieri January 6, 2022, 12:56 pm

    The whole criminal Biden family needs to hang for treason to America. It’s embarrassing to see the illegal child molester with Alzheimer’s shit himself constantly. This is the end of America we don’t have a government just a bunch of Satanist psychopath criminal scum.

  • DEFENDER January 3, 2022, 11:21 am

    “The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
    – Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776

    “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
    – Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778

  • Blues Dad January 1, 2022, 1:11 pm

    So 3 more years. givens me enough time to make some really really good MEAD. and can celebrate Trumps return.

    No for Gonzo and his miscreants still 3 years to much time for them to really F—k things up.

  • swimmer December 31, 2021, 1:43 pm

    By the time China Joe eats his oatmeal and gets a diaper change, he is pretty much exhausted for the day.

  • Chuck Matson December 31, 2021, 8:43 am

    FJB! And that goes for the illegal atf also!

  • Hondo December 31, 2021, 8:40 am

    Sleepy Joe has been a failure his whole life, did anyone really expect this fraud to be successful ? Oh and # FJB

  • Bill December 31, 2021, 7:29 am

    The Biden administration, the ATF, and other anti-gun government departments are not allowed to change the federal Constitution to suit their wants and wishes. The 2A “shall not be infringed” remains the Law of the Land. No government agency has the lawful authority to destroy our protected and guaranteed rights. To do otherwise is to invite the wrath of the American people, who ratified the Constitution in the first place, thanks to the Founding Fathers who understood government oppression.

    • Tom December 31, 2021, 1:36 pm

      Sounds like another intellectual geniuses spouting off about “rights” and the “Constitution,”. Both of which I’m sure he knows little to nothing about…the typical loud-mouthed BS of the ignorant, uneducated masses, a continuation of the crowd that blindly follows trump in his lies and absurdities!

      • Hondo January 3, 2022, 8:34 am

        Hey Tommy boy GFY with your TDS, #FJB

      • Armed and Dangerous January 3, 2022, 2:02 pm

        Hey Tom,
        Don’t confuse education with intelligence. You sound like an educated idiot.

  • Smitty December 31, 2021, 7:11 am

    They will still be pissed in 3 more years. Bozo the clown can’t get anything done. Hell even his party cannot accomplish much of anything. I will keep reloading, shooting and enjoying my hobby for the rest of my life. The agenda of letting criminals do what they want and reducing police funding backfired in their ignorant pathetic faces!! We must keep a vigilant eye out but also keep enjoying our 2nd at the same time.

  • Kent San December 31, 2021, 5:27 am

    President Magoo is up to his ass in alligators and has more pressing needs. No to mention lacking the votes in the House and Senate to do much, there is also no question that the libs did a very poor job coordinating their causes last year. You can’t defund and disparage the police, basically permit criminal behavior with little or no penalties, have “no cash” bail policies for violent criminals AND disarm the citizenry. I think we have added millions of new gun owners to our ranks and now they with a vested interest in their rights. The anti-gun crowd is shrinking.

    • Peter December 31, 2021, 1:43 pm

      Another typical idiot with your absurd, ridiculous and unfounded statements (bet you hang on every word from that hateful, bigoted, fascist Carlson). People like you make these idiotic comments showing you are a part of the blind herd….a follower of the rabble rousers spewing lies, half-truths and misstatements because they know under-educated folks like you won’t check as to validity and will go off on a flyer shouting this crap all loved to the other brain-dead robots – exactly as you have done in the above.
      Get some education, try to listen to other sources that present verifiable FACTS instead of the loud BS that idiots like you wholly suck up.

      • Let's go Brandon, FJB January 3, 2022, 7:07 am

        @peter; disprove anything he said w/out sources from cnn or msnbc. Pot meet kettle on your b.s.

        • Hondo January 3, 2022, 8:39 am

          Peter seems like an angry little leftist spewing bullshit from his leftist Gods, #FJB

      • Armed and Dangerous January 3, 2022, 2:06 pm

        Peter like Tom is another educated idiot. These kind of people confuse education with intelligence.

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