When the Biden task force was announced three weeks ago, the president claimed that no policy proposals would be "prejudged." Yet after the Jan. 10 White House meeting with firearms manufacturers, firearms retailers, sportsmen and a representative of the NRA, neither Biden nor Attorney General Eric Holder even mentioned the NRA's call for increased prosecution of violent criminals and those who break existing federal firearms laws.
While the meeting was under way in the Cabinet Room, a teenager carrying a 12-gauge shotgun walked into a high-school classroom in Taft, Calif., and opened fire, wounding a classmate. Remarkably, neither the vice president nor any member of his task force mentioned the NRA's call for placing armed police officers in America's public schools.
Instead, Biden talked about growing public support for new "gun control measures." As yet, they haven't publicly addressed steps the O-Team may take to cut firearms imports through onerous United Nations treaties and conventions. We are told by administration defenders, pundits, commentators of the left and "gun control advocates" that the American people want new restrictions on firearm design, limits on ammunition capacity and types, and universal background checks to regulate possession.
Hard evidence of public support for new restrictions on firearms ownership by law-abiding citizens is hard to find. A recent poll shows that 62 percent of the American people support the NRA's measure to have police protect schools. The city of Los Angeles isn't waiting for executive action or new legislation. Starting this week, at least one armed police officer visits every public elementary school in the city.
More broadly, talk of new government restrictions has created a record-setting spike in gun sales across the country. Nearly every state has reported "traffic jams" in background check systems as tens of thousands of Americans line up to purchase firearms at gun stores.
The constitutional controversy created by the Obama administration also has backfired for those who sought to demonize the NRA as an extremist, fringe organization. Since the Biden task force was formed, more than 100,000 of our fellow citizens have joined the NRA, bringing membership to more than 4.2 million.
That's a good sign. The NRA is our nation's leader in firearms education, training and safety. It's also an effective, fervent advocate for our civil liberties. When the so-called Biden task force delivers its "recommendations" Jan. 15, you can count on NRA members to defend our Constitution's Second Amendment. If you haven't joined us already, now is the time.
Oliver North is the host of "War Stories" on Fox News Channel and the author of the New York Times best-seller "Heroes Proved." To find out more about Oliver North and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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