Opinion: Biden: Who needs rifles? America: Everyone

Clark County resident Leah Anaya answers the question asked by President Joe Biden.

Leah Anaya answers the question asked by President Joe Biden

Leah Anaya 
for Clark County Today

“Who the hell needs an assault weapon that can hold, in some cases, up to 100 rounds?” asked Joe Biden at a campaign event last week.

This was said in response to the most recent mass shooting, which took place in Maine. Just about every shooting in America is met with calls for anti-gun legislation from those on the left of the political aisle, while advocates for the Second Amendment say that the focus should be on better assistance for those with mental health issues and tougher punishments for those with criminal records rather than punishing law abiding citizens.  

Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya

Things in the Middle East are, at best, unstable, and, at worst, just one click shy of World War III. Perhaps unrelated, but perhaps not, the Marine Corps Forces Central Command, responsible for 21 countries in the same area, has canceled its annual Marine Corps birthday ball, scheduled for November 16 at MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, Florida. The cancellation was attributed to “the dynamic and uncertain security environment” in their area of responsibility.

No further details or explanations have been offered for the unusual move.

Meanwhile, thousands upon thousands of illegal immigrants, many of whom we know nothing about, have been allowed to enter the US through the southern border.

Although they enter through Mexico, there are nationals from multiple South American countries waltzing across the border as well, including El Salvador, Venezuela, as well as Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, and Peru. Additionally, numbers of migrants from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East have been increasing as well.

Just this week, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted to the Senate that there were over 600,000 “gotaways” in 2023 at the southern border. That means there are over 600,000 illegal immigrants who have been detected via surveillance but have not been captured by Border Patrol.

That number does not include the potential for illegals who were not even seen on surveillance, nor does it include those who have met with Border Patrol, been scheduled a court hearing to determine status, but did not show up.

Fox News reported, “There were over 2.4 million migrants encountered by CBP at the southern border in fiscal 2023, including more than 269,000 in September, a new monthly record. Fox reported last week that CBP released over 900,000 migrants it encountered into the U.S. in fiscal 2023.”

There has also been a record number of encounters of immigrants from the terror watch list, now deemed the Terrorist Screening Dataset.

“The Department of Homeland Security’s fiscal 2024 threat assessment warned that agents have encountered a growing number on the watch list and warned that ‘terrorists and criminal actors may exploit the elevated flow and increasingly complex security environment to enter the United States,’” Fox News said.

In addition, during the same Senate hearing, Mayorkas was unable to deny allegations from a whistleblowing Homeland Security Investigations special agent that 600 agents had been pulled off of other cases- such as human trafficking, child exploitation, and fentanyl interdiction- to make sandwiches for migrants crossing into the country.

“I once again call on Republicans in Congress to fulfill their obligation to keep the American people safe,” Biden said at the same campaign event. “Until that day comes, I will continue to do everything in my power to end this gun violence epidemic.”

Everything, of course, except ensure that the American people are able to keep themselves safe via practicing their Second Amendment rights unencumbered.

So, who the hell needs a high-capacity weapon (there’s no such thing as an “assault weapon”), Mr. Biden? Any and every legal United States citizen who is mentally stable, is not a criminal, and has the desire to shield themselves and their families from the many dangers exacerbated by your poor leadership.

POLL: Should Congress ensure that Americans are able to keep themselves safe by practicing their 2nd Amendment rights unencumbered?*
279 votes

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