G. McConway
March 16, 2023

Biden Announces New Executive Order to Expand Background Checks

Once again, Joe Biden is not able to get something through Congress, so he has decided to sign off on another executive order.  

This time, he is expanding background checks to buy guns, reports CBS News.  

Biden is touting this as a way to combat gun violence in the United States.  

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Joe Biden cited several different occasions of gun violence that have recently occurred, including the incident in Monterey Park, CA, where a gunman entered a dance hall and started spraying bullets, resulting in 11 deaths.  

Biden then said that his executive order would "accelerate and intensify" this work to saving "more lives more quickly," reports Fox News.  

His order does not actually change any policy, it just directs agencies to enforce the laws that are already on the books, something they should have been doing in the first place. It seems like every time there is a mass shooting, we later found out that some law was overlooked in the process.  

Biden is also calling on his Cabinet to better structure our government to be able to reach out to local communities to help solve problems regarding combatting gun violence. He is also calling on Merrick Garland to shore up the rules for gun dealers, specifically where it concerns background checks being conducted.  

Perhaps he should also be directing federal agencies to make sure they upload information on a timely basis. That way, when these background checks are conducted, they can be appropriately flagged, something where we have seen gross negligence on various agencies in the past.  

There is some fluff in there, as well as reporting on how gun manufacturers market to children.  

Biden keeps touting his 1994 legislation, stating, "I led that fight to ban them in 1994. The 10 years that law was in place, mass shootings, went down."

Of course, he blamed Republicans for the law expiring. But I cannot help but wonder if it was so effective, why was it not looked at being codified before that? After all, Joe was still in the Senate at the time.  

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