Biden Cracks Down Harshly On Gun Dealers

Joe Biden announced new measures on Wednesday to combat gun violence and violent crime.

He promised to aggressively pursue gun dealers who willfully break the law and increase government money for local police departments; this comes in the wake of a year-long increase in homicide rates across the country.

The Five Point Plan

The government’s new five-point plan’s first goal is to assist stopping guns from falling into the wrong hands of violent criminals; this includes enforcement of a zero-tolerance approach for gun sellers who break the law.

The Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) will pursue to rescind the permits of gun shops accused of violating national rules by willingly selling a firearm to an individual prohibited from owning one.

Other possible removal of permits may happen for failing to run a required background check, falsifying records such as a firearms transaction form, or failing to respond to requests for information.

At the White House, Biden stated that these so-called merchants of death are breaking the law for profit. If you sell guns to someone who is forbidden, my message to you is this: We’ll locate you and seek your firearms dealer’s license. On our streets, you won’t be able to sell death and mayhem.

According to a senior White House official, the action will be a historic policy that will ensure gun dealers around the country (who contribute to the flow of guns used in crimes) are held accountable.

According to the White House, the ATF would work with state and local officials to learn more about which dealers are selling gums found at crime scenes. According to a White House fact sheet, this information may provide valuable leads for ATF investigations and serve as a source of information that helps focus inspection resources on the regions that need them the most.

The White House Seems to Think Gun Sales are Linked to Crime

According to the White House, murders in large cities have grown by 30% and gun attacks have increased by 8% since 2020, according to estimates from the Commission on Criminology research team.

While there is some preliminary evidence that increasing gun purchases may have related to rising homicides, the group stated in its study that additional research is needed.

The government’s plan’s final four measures aim to harness financing to police departments and various efforts that the government claims can prevent future crime; this includes supporting local law enforcement with federal tools and information to effectively fix summer crime rates, investing in evidence-based gang violence initiatives, expanding summer programming, and increasing employment opportunities.

The money would come from the $1.9 trillion America Recovery Program COVID-19 relief package; this included $350 billion in state and local spending, as well as $122 billion in school funding.

The money would be used to bring the number of police officers back up to what they were before the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) viral outbreak, invest in technologies to create police forces more effective, and fund community police work, among many other things.

On the Treasury Department issued instructions as to how local and state governments might use cash from the National Rescue Effort Act for such reasons.