Liberals have long ascribed to the concept of the Constitution as a “living document” that should be interpreted and adjusted in the context of changing times, and recent comments made by the current commander in chief serve as a chilling reminder of how dangerous that belief truly is to the rights of all Americans.
According to Fox News, during remarks introducing a series of gun control executive orders, President Joe Biden proclaimed that none of the measures he unveiled would infringe upon the right to bear arms, but he also declared that “no amendment to the Constitution is absolute,” in an apparent threat to end the full scope of liberty articulated by the Bill of Rights.
Biden’s remarks were delivered in the White House Rose Garden, where he was accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris and Attorney General Merrick Garland, and he claimed that “gun violence in this country is an epidemic…and it’s an international embarrassment.”
As such, the president requested that the Department of Justice introduce a proposed rule banning “ghost guns,” produced from kits that can be purchased by individuals wishing to build their own firearm that lacks a serial number. He also requested the development of a rule that would restrict the use of handgun braces and the drafting of potential “red flag” legislation that would purportedly help prevent dangerous individuals from accessing guns, as Fox News further reported.
Not surprisingly, these executive orders immediately sounded alarm bells among Second Amendment advocates and conservative lawmakers nationwide who argue that Biden’s initiatives will hinder the rights of law-abiding citizens while doing little to prevent gun violence committed by criminals, with the National Rifle Association explaining on Twitter:
These actions could require Americans to surrender lawful property, push states to expand confiscation orders, and put a gun control lobbyist to head [the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms].
Biden is dismantling the 2nd Amendment.
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbot signaled his intention to fight back vigorously against Biden’s gun control agenda within his own state, declaring:
This is what I’m seeking for Texas – a law to defy any new federal gun control laws. It will make Texas a Second Amendment Sanctuary State. Legislation is moving in the Texas House and Senate. I look forward to signing it.
The president’s decision to take executive action on gun control was not entirely unexpected, considering that in the wake of two recent high-profile mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado, he said, “I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” as NPR reported last month.
However, Biden’s assertion that none of the constitutional amendments are absolute and the accompanying implication that they may be abridged through executive fiat is frightening indeed, with pundits such as Tyler O’Neil at PJ Media warning that what the president was really doing on Thursday was “laying the groundwork for carving out exceptions to key constitutional rights” not just with regard to gun control, but also concerning the free exercise of religion and the right of free expression.
The president’s words in the Rose Garden must serve as a wake-up call to freedom-loving Americans that Biden and those pulling the strings in his administration are ready and willing to trample on the constitution in whatever manner deemed necessary to achieve their radical ends, and it is incumbent on conservatives to stand up and resist.