Biden Celebrates Gun Control Win but Democrats Still Want More

President Joe Biden recently gave remarks where he touted his administration successfully passing bipartisan gun control legislation. He noted that he was not satisfied, calling for additional restrictions.

The ink is not even dry on the last bill and Biden is already asking for an assault weapons ban and penalties for improper gun storage.

The current bill was in response to consecutive strategies. Specifically, the Buffalo, New York, grocery story and Uvalde, Texas, school shootings.

The Uvalde incident was particularly galvanizing for the country. The shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, killed 19 children and two teachers.

Ramos had lawfully purchased the firearms used in the massacre. The new legislation would have prevented him from doing so due to the age restrictions.

The new law comes at a time when the Supreme Court is striking down restrictive gun control statutes. The court recently invalidated a New York law that was over a century old that negatively impacted the ability to conceal carry.

Unelected New York Gov. Kathy Hochul responded to the court’s ruling by pushing for regulations requiring three years of social media access. Critics of the law say that the information will be used to target conservatives who have been critical of Hochul online.

As for how this issue is landing with the American public, Texas is an instructive case. Candidate for Texas governor Beto O’Rourke has been experiencing a change in his polling on the issue.

O’Rourke is famous for his line “Hell yes we are going to take your AR-15″ during his 2019 run for Senate. He was summarily crushed in that election, with pundits pointing to that statement as one of the reasons.

For the current governor’s race, he initially walked back from that statement. Now he embraces gun control again as the Uvalde shooting seems to have changed the public’s sentiment in Texas. Current Governor Gregg Abbot’s lead has shrunk to 6 points in polling and strategists cite the gun control issue as the cause.

If Texas voters soften on gun control, you can expect Democrats in other states to continue their push for more restrictions as well.