For the duration of his 2020 presidential campaign — which at first appeared to be a long shot, especially given the far left's vocal disdain for "old, white men" ¯ Joe Biden ran on the promise that he would unite the country. He repeatedly spoke about the importance of America's institutions and norms, and to the many who ultimately voted for him, those were the halcyon days of this country that they longed for and that Biden promised them. Unfortunately, it seems that more and more of his supporters are still patiently waiting for him to make good on his campaign promise.

It was, without a doubt, a noble promise. Even if you didn't agree with Biden or support his policies, Americans of all stripes would agree that a call for national unity amid years of division and political strife is necessary at this point. However, despite his lofty goals and plans, Biden has, unsurprisingly, returned to Washington as a creature of habit. As a result, instead of uniting the country, Biden is about to divide it even further and in a deeply profound, potentially irreparable way.

In a recent statement from the White House in which he commemorated those who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Biden called for significant gun legislation.

In his statement, Biden declared that "this Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call. We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer. Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets. We owe it to all those we've lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now."

With a step that will undoubtedly cause millions of Americans to resist Biden and his agenda even more aggressively, the new president has effectively put a nail in his own coffin. He's lost any remaining benefit of the doubt that conservatives and Republicans were willing to give him based on his repeated calls for national unity.

Throughout his remarks, Biden mentioned the word violence five times, but not once did he attempt to identify or speculate on the root of the violence within America, nor did he offer any tangible solutions. Instead, he immediately pivoted to banning certain magazines and weapons while blatantly ignoring the fact that millions of Americans own AR-15s, the semi-automatic weapon that Biden is going after.

Keep in mind that most of America's gun owners are decent and law-abiding citizens who pose absolutely no threat to their peers, regardless of what type of weapon they own. By moving down this path, Biden is essentially asking us to ignore the real root of the problems that result in mass shootings, all the while punishing gun owners who don't break the law or commit crimes. There is a small, disgusting fraction of people who commit heinous acts, and yet the millions of law-abiding citizens are being targeted. Let's also not forget that thousands of young men have been killed in urban cities across the country using pistols. Yet, we're not talking about a ban on pistols. Instead, we argue that those young men need better resources, education, mentorship and other pathways that will help elevate them from poverty.

There are very serious issues when anyone harms another person for no reason other than to cause mass destruction, and there is not a single gun owner who would support such acts. In fact, many condemn these acts because they give the majority a bad rap. If Biden really wanted to address the issues he mentioned in his White House statement, he would focus on mental health, particularly the mental health of America's youth. He would focus on building stronger families so that families know what to look for if their child is going through depression or other mental illness. He would focus on making sure urban cities have better education and trade centers; he would focus on working with the private sector to create job opportunities and to improve access to transportation and housing in those areas. These things would have a profound impact on urban communities and would help end gun violence. On the other hand, I can assure you that banning AR-15s will not.

Biden's priorities are misplaced, and the steps he's preparing to take will only cause further division in a nation that's already struggling to hang on by a thread. He should focus on the root of the problems, because that is how we can solve them. Banning certain guns won't make a difference, because the underlying problems will persist. These are problems that are so pervasive that focusing on guns instead of realistic solutions is seemingly the only political answer to complex problems.

Democrats such as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas are proposing far-reaching bills to make it more difficult to purchase firearms. In addition to extending the waiting period, Lee's bill would create a national registry of all firearm owners and require various new licenses specific to certain types of weapons. It would also ban certain types of ammunition. This is funny coming from Lee because from what I hear, she herself enjoys going to the range; but we'll save that for a future column.

However, there are states that are pushing back, such as Indiana, which recently eliminated the requirement to have a license to carry a handgun -- certainly a victory for Second Amendment supporters, but also a sign that many states will begin to take things into their own hands in preparation for what's to come from the Biden White House.

If Joe Biden is serious about healing America and bringing this nation together, this isn't the way to do it. Instead, focusing on mental illness, the importance of family structure, education, trade schools, economic opportunities and better housing is what will help our inner cities. When people are mentally and spiritually sound and are comfortable in life with a good job, fair pay and a great home, violence will inevitably go down without infringing on the rights of other American citizens.

Armstrong Williams' column is syndicated by Creators.

(35) comments

Journey2goremtns1

lol.......president brain-dead biden and vice president come-along harris want to disarm America. Who are they going to get to go door to door to seize the firearms? Will this new "elite" force wear brown shirts.

Spock Here

I'm sure you're expecting Hilry and Obummer going door to door, since those are the two you frightwing goons have been heralding the past several years. Have you hugged your golden idol yet today and kissed his flip flopped feet?

Blackhorsegirl

Oh, for heaven’s sakes, you gun owners stop whining like a bunch of babies. You might get your guns taken away due to being too young and immature to have them.

Doc Samson

Inferring tone from the typed word because we support a view of the 2nd Amendment that you can't wrap your few working neurons around? I'm sorry but I can assure you, ma'am, I don't whine. Perhaps you are, as usual, projecting...

FACTS VS COMS

So will the blacks u love have then taken away nuri? Or is it about a vote? Shut up

john brown

armstrong williams like lindsey graham is a walking lie .. armstrong/linsey "to thine self be true" ..... you fellas will feel so much better

shinyhappypeople

Common sense people want common sense gun reform. Period. We know that the NRA uses lies and distortions to scare people, and that it is PAST TIME to get some real reform and regulation of our out-of-control gun problems. Hunt all you like, protect your home and family as well, but we are in the majority on common sense reform and will not have the militia crowd intimidate the issue any longer. The time has come for common sense, not the common and incensed.

john brown

The gun manufacturers must pay the right wing zealots like armstrong to perpetuate the lie that the Democrats are coming to get you gunz...It seems to work on the idiots as the right wing gun nuts run right out and add more gunz to their "collections". How does it go .. "fool me once...." Why are gun nuts so stupid?

Chupacabra

Making it harder for law abiding citizens to purchase firearms is not going to solve any gun violence problem. Criminals don't care about laws. Nutcases who use guns in the commission of a crime should be dealt with severely. That's common sense. It's not the gun that commits the crime, it is merely a tool.

ralcabin

This is true, look at the deaths so far this year in major cities, Chicago, L.A., DC, almost 150 deaths, if not more by now. If lives matter why are they killing each other, & where is the outrage? Gun laws won't stop these criminals, aka nut cases. Stop persecuting law abiding citizens & start prosecuting these things, if you want to be proactive.

ralcabin

" prosecuting these thugs" darn computer, print what I type.

shinyhappypeople

I would submit that you are the tool, and a gun is a weapon used to harm or maim. (If you’re gonna tee it up, you can’t be mad that i swing!)

Bose-Einstein

The tactical nuke is just a tool.

cuphaus

What are the root causes, Doc, in your opinion?

Doc Samson

@cuphaus - From the column: "If Biden really wanted to address the issues he mentioned in his White House statement, he would focus on mental health, particularly the mental health of America's youth. He would focus on building stronger families so that families know what to look for if their child is going through depression or other mental illness. He would focus on making sure urban cities have better education and trade centers; he would focus on working with the private sector to create job opportunities and to improve access to transportation and housing in those areas. These things would have a profound impact on urban communities and would help end gun violence."

Feel free to explain how adding more infringements for those of us who follow the law will result in less violence from criminals...

Chupacabra

And crickets again. The Biden cultists haven't received their talking points to refute the common sense in your statement.

Spock Here

We're having another cult meeting tonight, where we get to play "Let's roll the golden statue of Biden around the hallways." We'll have our biden hats, underwear, and tank tops on: Full Uniform!! Doc said something that we should pay attention to? wow, I missed it.

Bose-Einstein

And the "Biden cultists" have attacked the Capital how many times?

Catherine Giovannoni

President Clinton was going to take your guns, President Obama was going to take your guns, President Biden will take your guns. At some point, I'd think people would get tired of being taken for chumps.

Spock Here

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FACTS VS COMS

Look its bryan nuri again. What a loser. Biden get those checks out. We need defense against people like this. We need money for ammo.

shinyhappypeople

Yes Catherine!👏👏👏

Bose-Einstein

Guns are the new toilet paper. Buy it now because you never know. The only winners are the gun sellers. The only losers are those with holes in their bodies.

Doc Samson

@Bose-Einstein - As a member of the party of TEH SCIENCE, feel free to post actual data showing the huge spike in shootings among all of us "gun strutters" swaggering around town, looking for any excuse to draw down on ya! [lol][lol][lol]

Or don't. Just go with your "feelz" on it because to do otherwise would show you are capable of rational thought...

Spock Here

So having rules that might help lower mass shootings of human beings is "an assault". Wow, it seems "snowflakes" abound....I think "unity" is not only listening to the majority of citizens, including law abiding gun owners, who are not afraid of some regulations and restrictions, but also acting on it. This will affect "blue" gun owners as well as "red" gun owners equally...that's unity.

Doc Samson

Well, considering the "science" that you claim to love shows that none of those proposals actually, you know, works... [rolleyes]

shinyhappypeople

And Spock👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Chupacabra

This affects only lawful gun owners, no matter what color they are. Criminals do not care about gun laws. Don't know why you folks can't understand that.

Bose-Einstein

So passing a law against robbing a bank will stop all bank robberies, not, but it i is a tool that will give pause.

knightowl57

And who is selling the guns to the criminals?

FACTS VS COMS

Criminals take guns from law obiding citizens. However with cameras and alarms in place property and gun owners can mow them.down.

Doc Samson

Leftists addressing the root causes of... anything? Nah, that requires rational thinking beyond the superficial level. Better to enact "commonsense" laws that make themselves feel good, regardless of their ineffectiveness. True fact: Most mass shootings occur in Gun Free Zones. How is that even possible?

Spock Here

"True fact"? Interesting.....admission of knowingly spreading "alternative" facts, aka, lies?

FACTS VS COMS

Nuri of u liberals want to help the street corners then please do so. If u want to give your salary to the illegals like ms 13 then please do so. Give them food health care etc. However, do not ask us. We do not support losers that can't keep their legs closed. STAND UP AMERICA. LETS DESTROY THE TRASH LIKE NURI

FACTS VS COMS

Look mrs potato head can't stand the mrs. Lol u liberal nut nuri. Call a horse.

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