Biden on Background Checks by Tom Reynolds
Joe Biden is a big believer that increased background checks are the answer to fighting violence. For example, the BBC web site reported on March 15th, 2022 that Joe Biden said:
"It's just common sense…check whether someone is a violent felon, a domestic abuser, before they buy a gun."
Per the White House web site on August 1, 2022:
“On March 24th, 2022, Biden signed into law the NICS Denial Notification Act…requires federal officials to notify state and local law enforcement when individuals who are legally prohibited from purchasing firearms fail a background check through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).”
In June, the President signed into law the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which will help keep dangerous guns out of dangerous hands. For example…it requires enhanced background checks for gun purchasers under the age of 21.
On August 1, 2022, Joe Biden introduced his crown jewel, the “Safer America Plan.” The White House said about it:
“We need to enforce our commonsense gun laws, require background checks for all gun sales …”
“Keep guns out of dangerous hands. The federal gun background check system is the best tool we have to keep guns out of the hands of people currently prohibited under federal law from purchasing these weapons…”
Biden has repeated these sentiments many times in many places but it’s best to quote the White House web site so there can be no denials. Nothing taken out-of-context. Straight from the horse’s…mouth.
I will bet you can guess where this is going.
Form 4473 — the Firearm Transaction Record —must be filled out whenever someone buys a firearm from a licensed firearm dealer. The form asks questions including whether the person buying the gun is addicted to drugs.
Hunter Biden purchased a handgun in October 2018. To buy it, he had to lie on Form 4473 about being a drug addict or his request would have been denied.
How do we know he was a drug addict?
In 2021 he wrote a book saying that he was actively using cocaine in 2018. In addition, Biden had been discharged from the Navy Reserve for drug use.
Federal law prohibits people who use drugs from possessing firearms. The US Attorney in Delaware David Weiss’ office said "…Hunter Biden possessed a firearm despite knowing he was an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance."
Hunter Biden should be facing a felony gun charge for illegal possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. Lying on Form 4473 is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. For being a user of unlawful drugs in possession of a firearm, the punishment is up to five years.
However, as has been reported about Hunter Biden’s deal with the Justice Department, Biden will avoid prosecution and potentially have it dismissed as part of the agreement with the Justice Department. Biden has reportedly agreed to enter a pretrial diversion program for that charge, meaning the charge will be dropped as long as he follows the conditions of the agreement. (Eew! A pretrial diversion program! Doesn’t that fall under the definition of cruel and unusual punishment?)
Can we expect those hard fact newspapers like the Washington Post (I joke) to ask Joe Biden questions like: what good is a law if it is not enforced? Doesn’t it set a bad example to let the President’s son slide on a felony with a slap on the wrist? What message does that send to other drug addicts who want to buy a gun, legally? (Illegally it’s not an issue.)
But we can expect the Washington Post (WP) to provide cover for Brandon. How do we know? Because they already tried on June 9th 2022.
First, the WP seems to question why drug addiction is even a disqualifying action. (Only a leftist newspaper could wonder about that.) It answers: “The reason for adding drug users to the list is a bit obscure.”
But then it provides a possible answer which you will never guess – if you have been living in a cave. It hints that the reason drug use was included as prohibited was…drum roll please…racism. Who would have guessed!
But the WP wasn’t finished in throwing up a smoke screen. “…the odds of being charged for lying on this form are virtually nonexistent.” Nonexistent? According to WP’s own report, data extracted from the U.S. attorneys’ case management system shows that, for fiscal 2018 there were 444 referrals for lying on Form 4473 and 271 cases filed (61%). In the 2019 there were 478 referrals and 298 cases filed (62%). In 2020 there were 433 referrals and 243 cases filed (56%). So, there is better than a 50-50 chance one will be prosecuted.
But the WP seems to believe that the DOJ and FBI are too busy. They are “Keeping guns out of the hands of people who already have committed heinous crimes is probably a higher priority…” Yeah, heinous stuff like storing documents behind Secret Service protection in Mar A Lago.
It should be noted that everyone in the Department of Justice works for Attorney General Merrick Garland and Garland works for President Joe Biden. The White House announced, "The President and First Lady love their son and support him as he continues to rebuild his life.” Although Joe loves Hunter, both Garland and Biden claim all the decisions concerning Hunter were made at lower levels and Garland and Joe Biden had no input.
The White House has also announced that in a budget balancing effort they will be selling a bridge in Brooklyn.