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President Biden's Gun Control Executive Orders Won't Solve Any Problems

April 29, 2021

President Joe Biden's gun control initiatives are intended to shore up support from his radical gun control base, but they will do nothing to prevent crime or reduce violence.

H. Sterling Burnett joins Merrill Matthews from the Institute for Policy Innovation to discuss gun control.

President Joe Biden is, rather unsurprisingly, pushing for more restrictive gun control laws. Aside from calling for legislation to unconstitutionally limit the ownership and sale of firearms, he offered a series of executive orders he says are first steps to reduce "gun violence." His proposals amount to virtue signaling on the gun issue and will do nothing to prevent crimes committed with firearms. For instance, Biden is directing the DOJ to treat so-called ghost guns as machine guns, requiring taxes and registration with the government, yet no ghost gun has ever been linked to a crime.

Author
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org
Author
Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation, a research-based, public policy think tank.
mmatthews@ipi.org @MerrillMatthews