LOS ANGELES, CA –By all accounts, a lone coward approached two deputies as they sat in their patrol vehicle and opened fire.
There was no warning, no interaction that we know of between these deputies and the coward.
Instead of focusing on the criminal and heinous crime he committed, Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden calls for more gun control.
Initially, it appears that, at the very least, Biden seems to be on the right path. He tweeted:
“This cold-blooded shooting is unconscionable and the perpetrator must be brought to justice. Violence of any kind is wrong; those who commit it should be caught and punished. Jill and I are keeping the deputies and their loved ones in our hearts and praying for a full recovery.”
This cold-blooded shooting is unconscionable and the perpetrator must be brought to justice.
Violence of any kind is wrong; those who commit it should be caught and punished.
Jill and I are keeping the deputies and their loved ones in our hearts and praying for a full recovery. https://t.co/330QfeIUGg
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 13, 2020
Then…four hours later, he starts off on attacks on guns:
“26 years ago today, the Senate passed 10-year bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines-it was an effort I was proud to champion. These bans saved lives, and Congress should have never let them expire. As president, I’ll take on the @NRA. And we’ll ban them once again.”
26 years ago today, the Senate passed 10-year bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines—it was an effort I was proud to champion.
These bans saved lives, and Congress should have never let them expire.
As president, I’ll take on the @NRA and we’ll ban them once again.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 13, 2020
So, we have officers being violently attacked throughout the United States, eight alone in St Louis, and Biden wants to target gun ownership?
Not sure if he even looked at the video in which shows the cowardly criminal ambushing the deputies, but, it certainly appears he has some type of handgun, not a long gun. Not sure what banning long guns would do to prevent that situation.
Biden then tweets:
“Weapons of war have no place in our communities. We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”
Weapons of war have no place in our communities.
We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 14, 2020
Now, let us, for a moment, take a look at what President Trump had to say on the matter with his tweet:
“Animals that must be hit hard.”
Animals that must be hit hard! https://t.co/zrOd9ZUl8o
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2020
The President, according to Fox News, calls for a “fast trial” when the criminal is located. The President also comments that the death penalty should be an option.
The President, while at a campaign event in Las Vegas said:
“He’s [Biden] not strong for law and order and everybody knows that. When you see a scene like happened just last night in California with the two police people – a woman, a man – shot at stone cold-short range.”
So here we have a presidential hopeful, that, to his credit, says that he and his wife are praying for the fast recovery of the two officers that an unknown person walked up to and shot in cold blood while they were sitting in their marked police vehicle.
However, when it comes to speaking about how to handle the situation, Biden starts talking about gun control.
When the President starts talking about this, he calls for the arrest of the suspect. He did not appear to use the situation as an opportunity to call on some type of campaign issue, unless you think that it equates to his law and order stance.
At any rate, the attention should be focused on whomever the coward is that, for whatever reason, walked up and shot two people without provocation. It should be talked about on both sides of the aisle throughout the country, and in some cases, it is.
However, Biden trying to use the situation to talk about banning long guns is nowhere near what the conversation should be about, especially since the firearm used most certainly was not a long gun. Especially when there are instances of people protesting the deputies while they are in the hospital.
Black Lives Matter activists confront law enforcement at Los Angeles hospital where wounded officers were taken after they were shot.
"To their family: I hope they f**king die.”
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 13, 2020
As far as the two deputies who were shot, they did undergo surgery on September 12th and are listed in critical condition. Law Enforcement Today wishes them a speedy recovery.
Regarding the person who pulled the trigger, he or she will be found, but as of now, there has been no information released that would indicate that the person has been identified yet. However, a $100,000 dollar reward has been offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) September 13, 2020
Reporter: Are you coming for guns? Biden: “Bingo! …if you have an assault weapon.”
March 12, 2020 – DETROIT, MI– In Joe Biden’s latest captured-on-video snafu, he got a little shook-up when engaging with a Detroit, Michigan plant worker over his stance on guns. During the heated interaction, Biden claimed that he wasn’t coming for people’s guns.
Except that’s exactly what he said that August of 2019, while speaking with Anderson Cooper.
Voter: You'll take our guns.
Biden: You're full of sh*t.
Anderson Cooper: What do you say to people who say a Biden administration means they're gonna come for my guns.
Biden: Bingo! You're right if you have an assault weapon. pic.twitter.com/4lxeaZI2k7
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) March 10, 2020
To be fair, he was making reference to “assault weapons,” but that term has become more malleable than a fresh can of Play-Doh.
If Biden has difficulty differentiating between his wife and his sister, do we really want this guy calling the shots on what is and is not an “assault weapon?”
During an interview on August 5th, Anderson Cooper asked Biden:
“So, to gun owners out there who say, well, a Biden administration means they’re going to come for my guns?”
Biden responded with:
“Bingo. You’re right if you have an assault weapon. The fact of the matter is, they should be illegal, period. Look, the Second Amendment doesn’t say you can’t restrict the kinds of weapons people can own. You can’t buy a bazooka. You can’t have a flame thrower.”
Joe Biden is the one who is full of malarkey. When asked by Anderson Cooper if “a Biden administration means they will come for my guns,” he simply responded, “Bingo,”.
— Michael Babb (@p25735) March 10, 2020
Biden’s response went even further to mock those who believe the population should be afforded arms that could protect them against a tyrannical government.
His thoughts are that someone would need an “F-15” or something more powerful to go against our government, citing that an assault weapon couldn’t go toe-to-toe if our government becomes oppressive.
Someone finding jest in the notion of “you couldn’t stop us if you wanted to” is troubling. Why would a presidential hopeful find it clever that the greater populace essentially couldn’t measure up to standing up against possible tyranny in their homeland?
Biden didn’t speak an untruth with regard to what’s available commercially to the public versus what the military and police have access to in terms of weapons.
Still, it’s neither cute nor charming to be flaunting of the fact that one cannot usurp the bigger stick if push comes to shove. That’s rather dangerous rhetoric and causes people to worry one’s agenda and intent.
During the interview with Cooper, Biden was also in favor of smart guns.
We’d covered one of the most idiotic displays showing a Vice News correspondent showing off a “smart gun,” while proving how un-smart the news host was.
A media personality for Vice News recently broke one of the essential rules of gun safety: never let a gun barrel face anything that you are not willing to destroy.
While doing a piece on “smart guns,” the reporter pointed a weapon at his own cameraman and pulled the trigger.
While the “smart gun” worked as it was intended to, that had to be one of the most flagrantly dangerous manners to handle and treat a firearm, and further exposed the ignorance of people who are trying to ban guns altogether.
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For those unfamiliar with what a “smart gun” is, it’s a firearm devised in a way that is intended to only discharge a bullet under certain circumstances. Often called the personalized-gun, most employ technology like RFID chips that function as proximity tokens. What those proximity tokens are meant to do is render a weapon useless unless the proper token is held by the person firing the weapon.
Employing technology into guns would obviously help to cut down on negligent accidents – except there are still several well-stated liability concerns.
Still, that didn’t stop this Vice News journalist and host from pointing a loaded weapon at one of his crewmembers and pulling the trigger.
While the motivations behind the creation and prototypes of “smart guns” are noble, since they aim to decrease accidental shootings, the data isn’t out yet on how reliable they actually are.
Furthermore, while they’re aimed to deter accidental shootings, there’s nothing “accidental” about pointing a gun at someone and firing it intentionally. Had anything remotely failed, then that cameraman would’ve either been dead or seriously maimed by the blatant display of idiocy.
Former Marine turned writer, Julio Rosas, posted a clip on Twitter showcasing the demonstrably dangerous maneuver of pointing a weapon at a camera man and pulling the trigger:
“Still can’t get over that a Vice reporter, in a video on “smart guns” helping prevent accidental shootings, decided to it was a good idea to point a Thompson, that had a drug mag in, at his cameraman, pull the trigger, and then say, “I didn’t think it was going to do that.””
Still can't get over that a Vice reporter, in a video on "smart guns" helping prevent accidental shootings, decided to it was a good idea to point a Thompson, that had a drug mag in, at his cameraman, pull the trigger, and then say, "I didn't think it was going to do that." pic.twitter.com/O3M3kLd0Ag
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 23, 2020
No matter what safety measures are present on a firearm, that doesn’t mean someone should be frivolous with regarding the four essential rules of firearm safety. The rules are:
- Treat all guns as if they are always loaded
- Never let the muzzle cover anything that you are not willing to destroy
- Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you have made the decision to shoot
- Be sure of your target and what is behind it and always secure your guns from unauthorized persons
The fact that the reporter essentially disregarded nearly all aspects of firearm safety is completely irresponsible. There are countless instances where people assumed the “safety” was “on” which then results in an accidental shootings.
“Smart gun” technology is nothing more than an elaborate “safety” feature, and vesting so much trust in that feature to point a loaded weapon and fire at someone is an example of a person who should never handle a weapon.
Even the technology publication TechCrunch is extremely skeptical of the effectiveness of these “smart guns”. Journalist Jon Stokes stated the dangers of adding smart-technology to a firearm:
“Whenever you attach software to some new category of things — especially software that has any kind of connection to the outside world, whether via RFID or an actual network — then in addition to whatever problems that thing had before, you’ve introduced a whole host of brand new security and identity problems.”
According to the CDC, there are approximately 487 unintentional gun deaths per year in the United States. Unintentional gun deaths are preventable ones more often than not, and the easiest way to not add to the statistics is to not point loaded guns at people. Remember – guns don’t kill people – it’s the folks operating them that kill people.