According to a recent White House fact sheet, the Biden-Harris administration has announced initial actions to address the gun violence public health epidemic. Stopping the spread of “ghost guns” is among the steps, but the fact sheet contains few facts about these weapons.
Below are some examples of what is missing from the administration’s fact sheet, which revealed five references to “gun violence.”
“Criminals are buying kits containing nearly all of the components and directions for finishing a firearm within as little as 30 minutes and using these firearms to commit crimes,” the administration declared in its first reference. But the number of “criminals” who have bought such kits was not disclosed.
The fact sheet also excludes information about how many occasions offenders used “ghost weapons” to commit crimes. The untraceable guns are said to “turn up at crime scenes,” but there was no detail on crimes involving such weapons in the fact sheet, reports The Washington Examiner.
Law-abiding citizens would expect a “fact sheet” to provide information on the types of weapons used by offenders. However, it did not include how many stolen firearms were recovered at crime scenes and how many were handguns versus long guns.
The Biden-Harris administration’s fact sheet skipped any information on the number of ghost gun kits purchased by law-abiding people. In a similar style, the fact sheet offered no information about how many occasions law-abiding people used ghost weapons or any other lawfully purchased firearms to combat violent crime and protect their lives and property.
Homemade weapons are known as “ghost guns.” They are not produced in government-approved factories, and their creators are not required to disclose them to the government. Ghost guns assembled from kits often lack serial numbers and are difficult to trace.
Law-abiding citizens may also wonder about the administration’s references to “gun crime” that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both have a history on that theme.
In November 2009, Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, gunned down 13 unarmed soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, including Pvt. Francheska Velez, who was pregnant and begged for the life of her unborn child. More than 30 people were wounded by Hasan, including Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who was shot seven times, reports The Examiner.
However, Biden made no mention of gun violence and said little about how the soldiers “fall” in a “senseless tragedy.”
In December 2015, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and injuring over 20 others. Even though the perpetrators fired a large number of bullets, Harris, the state’s then-attorney general, did not condemn the assault as an act of gun violence.
While black and Hispanic people were among the 14 murder victims, Harris did not label the killings as a racial hate crime. The murder victims’ relatives must have questioned Harris’s thoughts at the time.
Law-abiding citizens would have reason to ask why Biden and Harris disregard so many important facts and realities in 2021.
In addition to building a rule to address the spread of untraceable “ghost guns,” the White House published an example of the “red flag” law.
Red-flag laws empower law enforcement or family members to ask a court to prevent an individual from possessing a weapon. Biden has called for a nationwide red-flag rule, claiming that such laws would deter suicides, protect women from domestic abuses, and prevent mass shooters from carrying out attacks.
The administration also hopes to focus on “community violence interventions,” which are methods for lowering gun violence in cities without incarcerating people.