The national media and the Washington insiders from both parties can’t seen to figure out why the likes of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, even non-conformist the likes of Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz are resonating with so many voters. Yet the same voters from Portland, Maine to Portola Valley, California are making it known that same old, same old from inside the DC beltway simply isn’t going to fly anymore.
Case in point very well could be the latest from Vice President Joe Biden. First elected to the upper chamber of the US Congress in 1973, the former Senator from the Blue Hen State has long been considered the epitome of a DC insider. As reported by Charlie Spiering of the Breitbart.com news portal on Oct. 2, 2015, on the heels of the killings at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, the Veep called on more gun laws to be passed.
White speaking at the Concordia Summit in New York City, Biden admitting that he didn’t even know what type of weapon was used by the now dead killer. But that didn’t stop the Vice President, “My guess is, I’m prepared to bet you that it was a semi-automatic or an automatic weapon, I don’t know that yet.”
Possibly heeding Barack Obama’s call to purposefully “politicize” the shootings, as reported by Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post on Oct. 2, 2015, Biden wasted no time in doing exactly that. Before the dead were even buried, Biden called for the passage of his past proposal for even more federal gun laws. Specifically, Biden wants more background checks for all gun sales in the United States.
While George Hager, the senior editorial writer of USA TODAY, was quoted on July 15, 2015, that as of 2005, the number of federal gun control laws stood at 271. Hager did admit he didn’t know how many of the various state, territorial, District of Columbia, county and city gun control laws there were in total across the nation. Generally accepted by those left, right and center politically is that there are at least thousands of gun control laws from the federal level down to the smallest locality.
In spite of Biden pushing for even more laws be passed, he was a champion of pumping more money into the judicial bureaucratic maze, to include federal dollars for local law enforcement. As the decidedly left-leaning Mother Jones news cited earlier this year, “Then-Sen. Joe Biden had scored a career-defining victory that year. After a good deal of twisting the arms of his colleagues, Biden managed to shepherd the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act through the Senate.”
As reporter Patrick Caldwell noted, “Biden’s bill put over 100,000 new cops on the street and spent $9.7 billion on the construction of new prisons. The wide-ranging bill implemented a host of liberal policies, including an assault weapon ban and the Violence Against Women Act. But it also expanded the number of crimes that qualify as death penalty cases…” Caldwell went a step further when he cited Naomi Murakawa, author of The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, “There’s a tendency now to talk about Joe Biden as the sort of affable if inappropriate uncle, as loudmouth and silly. But he’s actually done really deeply disturbing, dangerous reforms that have made the criminal justice system more lethal and just bigger.”
The self-described non-partisan voter information website OnTheIssues.org referenced the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. Also known simply as The Biden Act, when it finally landed on Bill Clinton’s desk for signature, $30.2 billion was the cost at the time of implementation.