Biden’s official Twitter account responded to former Rep. Gabby Gifford (D-Ariz.), who was one of 14 people shot by Jared Lee Loughner in Tucson in 2011. Giffords had described how her life and community “changed forever.”
“But the attack did not break me—or the people I represented in Congress. We came together, turned pain into purpose, and found hope in each other,” she said, adding that she proceeds to work to “achieve a safer America.”
Biden then responded, saying: “Your perseverance and immeasurable courage continue to inspire me and millions of others. I pledge to continue to work with you—and with survivors, families, and advocates across the country—to defeat the NRA and end our epidemic of gun violence.”
The NRA, which has more than 5 million members, attempts to guard and educate about people’s Second Amendment rights.
The association didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Biden’s comment but its lobbying arm recently issued an article stating that Biden would “begin a concerted attack on the rights of American gun owners” after officially taking office.
“We must be ready for the onslaught,” the post states, claiming that a Biden administration, if officials get their way, “will ban and confiscate the most-commonly owned rifle in the United States” and “will arbitrarily limit the number of guns that can be bought per month,” among different measures.
Biden’s website says he is planning to finish “our gun violence epidemic” and boasts that he has challenged the NRA twice and won, referring to his help approving the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act in 1993 and in passing a 10-year ban on some weapons and magazines the next year.
Some of the plans include forbidding the manufacture and sale of so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, limiting the number of guns one may buy per month to one, and forbidding people convicted of hate crimes from holding guns.
In the background, at a news conference on January 7th, President-elect Joe Biden stated he will nominate U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Judge Merrick Garland for Attorney General. Biden’s selection of a noted Second Amendment disputant to head the Department of Justice is an overt assault on gun rights and gun owners.
After the death of the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Garland as Justice Scalia’s replacement. With an understanding of Garland’s unacceptable jurisprudence, NRA firmly rejected Garland’s naming and the Senate wisely decided not to consider the nomination.