by Richard Moorhead, Big League Politics:
A Biden campaign operative tasked as a deputy chief of staff in Biden’s supposedly incoming presidential administration called for the mandatory confiscation of “assault weapons” as Beto O’Rourke’s campaign manager.
“We are actually the only campaign with a plan…that supports mandatory buybacks of weapons of war,” says Dillon of the Beto campaign in the video. “An assault weapon ban is very, very important, and we need to have it. But that only takes weapons of war off the streets in the future. It does nothing for weapons of war that are currently out there.”
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Dillon goes on to clarify that the Beto gun confiscation plan would affect “15 to 16 million” guns, an unprecedented usurpation of private property on the part of the United States government. Beto generally avoided explaining how he’d enforce the draconian ban, alluding to tax penalties that would pile up on Americans who insist on their Second Amendment rights.
Joe Biden has shied away from a policy as outrageous as a full “assault weapon” mandatory buyback as a candidate, but his tentative Vice President, Kamala Harris, has supported a variant of it.
Biden has, however, enthusiastically supported a ban on the manufacture and sale of new so-called “assault weapons,” that would prevent future generations of Americans from owning AR-15 and AK-47 style rifles. He also supports adding semiautomatic rifles as categories of weapons regulated by the ATF under the 1986 Firearms Owners Protection Act, essentially making an AR-15 as difficult to transfer and own as a fully automatic machine gun.