It was evident from the beginning that President Joe Biden did not have a strategy to enact gun control. On Thursday, Biden backtracked on his earlier comments promising that his administration would not “wait another minute” to pass gun control.
Before his inauguration, Biden promised he would promote a bill to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act on his first day in office.
However, during the president’s convention, he explained that infrastructure was his next priority and not gun control. His remarks drew the ire of gun control activists who expected prompt action immediately after he took over.
“I’m disappointed he has the nerve and audacity to say he’s going to do things in sequential order,” Brady’s vice president Maisha Fields said according to the New York Times. “It’s out of order to have to bury your child. It’s out of order to be shopping for eggs and to have your life disrupted.”
Similarly, the founder of Guns Down America Igor Volsky said he was frustrated that Biden prioritized infrastructure.
“I was very frustrated that he pivoted to infrastructure week,” Volsky said.
He also lamented that the Biden administration did not give gun control the same priority as COVID-19. He suggested that gun control could succeed without Republican support.
“We saw what they can do when they hit the gas pedal,” Mr. Volsky said. “They got it across despite unanimous opposition. That’s the kind of leadership we need to see on this issue.”
Meanwhile, White House press secretary Jen Psaki blamed “members of the House and Senate who voted against the measures the president supports.”
Other gun-control groups are still “trying to figure out what’s happening.” Newtown Action Alliance chairwoman Po Murray said that gun control groups supported Biden expecting a “better response after the election.”
The frustrations on gun control emerged within less than a month after the Biden administration held a virtual meeting with the anti-gun groups. Psaki also indicated that the anti-2A groups would serve a critical role in the administration’s gun control strategy.
The special interest groups expected favors for supporting Democrats during the elections. However, Biden’s hesitation on gun control is delaying their special favors, thus raising concerns.
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