President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland are set to give remarks Wednesday afternoon about combatting rising violent crime in blue cities by tackling "gun violence," which is code for more gun control.
"Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing a comprehensive strategy to combat gun violence and other violent crime. This strategy implements preventative measures that are proven to reduce violent crime, and attacks the root causes – including by addressing the flow of firearms used to commit crimes," the White House released in a statement Wednesday. "As the President has repeatedly said, we are experiencing an epidemic of gun violence in this country."
"The President continues to call on Congress to take action to end this gun violence epidemic. But he knows we cannot afford to wait a single day while lives are being taken, which is why he has already announced a set of initial actions to prevent gun violence – including toughening regulations on ghost guns and moving historically quickly to nominate a permanent ATF Director – in addition to the steps announced today as part of this strategy," the statement continues.
Biden's strategy of targeting firearms rather than criminals who use them illegally to commit crimes is facing heavy criticism.
I was born & raised in Brooklyn; I know what crime looks like. I also know that criminals, by definition, don't follow laws.— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) June 23, 2021
The gun control policies Biden plans on outlining today are a tone-deaf & misguided solution to this problem.
We need more law enforcement. Back the blue
President Biden’s “plan” to tackle surging crime across the U.S.: gun control (as expected). Includes red flag laws, banning “assault weapons,” repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, and banning “ghost guns.”— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) June 23, 2021
This will only erode 2A rights, not deter crime. pic.twitter.com/aUmXhR5D08
Yesterday, Joe Biden endorsed a bill to let thousands of drug traffickers and gang members out of prison early.— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 23, 2021
Today, Joe Biden will give a speech on his plan to reduce the massive crime wave.
On “Defund the Police,” Biden is a hypocrite.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 23, 2021
Biden claims he’s against the movement, but he has given “Defund the Police” activists powerful positions in his administration.
Despite violent crime being up across the board, the Biden Administration says the “central driver” for skyrocketing crime rates in Democrat-run cities is “guns”— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) June 23, 2021
Maybe it has more to do with radicals defunding police and activist prosecutors getting in the way of justice.
What's Biden's plan to deal with the crime wave?— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 23, 2021
More gun control.
The criminals won't care. But it will impact your ability to defend yourself.
"If the administration wants to focus on guns rather than criminals, they're not going to get anywhere." @KatiePavlich & @TheJuanWilliams weigh in ahead of President Biden's plan to counter crime, which is expected to target gun violence @BillHemmer @DanaPerino pic.twitter.com/paTbsUetGT— America's Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) June 23, 2021