President Joe Biden has announced unilateral gun control measures to tackle gun violence, such as the recent attacks in Boulder and Atlanta. The measures are unlikely to have a significant impact on such massacres, which has been a long-standing problem with allegations made by politicians to curb gun violence. Noteworthy, however, is the inclusion of a provision that relates directly to allegations made against Hunter Biden – allegations of a possible federal crime that have been virtually obscured in recent media reports and interviews.
The fact is that the range of possible reforms is very limited and gun violence is unlikely to change due to what Biden called a “public health crisis”. That doesn’t mean that regulating ghost guns (homemade guns with no serial number) is a bad idea. However, such a regulation would not have changed the mass shootings in the past. Often times, people involved in such murders acquire their weapons legally. Likewise, changing the status of stabilizing struts (which allow a pistol to fire like a rifle) will not affect many such cases. Stabilizing braces were used at Boulder, but the lack of such braces probably wouldn’t have made much of a difference in such a hand-to-hand combat.
However, it is the “red flag” destination that stands out on this list. Biden is giving the Justice Department 60 days to develop a model “red flag” law that will allow friends and family members to identify a person as a potential threat, thereby temporarily preventing the person from having access to a firearm.
This could also be called the Hunter Biden Act. As mentioned earlier, Hunter Biden acquired a gun despite his long history of drug and alcohol abuse and a history of depression. In 2018, the gun was dumped in a trash can in Wilmington by Hallie Biden, widow of Hunter’s late brother. After his brother Beau’s death, Hunter began a sexual relationship with Hallie and she was apparently worried about what he could do with the gun. That is exactly what the Red Flag Act is about. In many ways their actions reflected the need for such laws. In desperation, she threw away the gun, but unfortunately opted for a garbage can not far from a school.
To get the revolver back, Biden replied “no” to the firearms transaction record and asked if he was an “illegal user or addict” of a narcotic or other controlled substance. Lying on this federal form can lead to criminal prosecution according to several provisions. The US Code makes it a criminal offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison for “making false or fictitious oral or written statements” in order to obtain firearms. While law enforcement actions are rare, it should be an important story or warrant a media review. After all, the president’s son may have committed a federal crime and his father called for greater expansion and enforcement of gun laws. The problem of unstable gun owners is one of the core areas of President Biden’s new reforms.
The question is not whether this proposal would change the behavior of gun owners, but whether it would change the focus of the media. President Biden is now seeking federal law to regulate exactly the situation that has arisen with his son. Even that might make Jäger’s alleged injury out of date in today’s media environment. After the media blacked out Hunter Biden’s laptop story prior to the election, the media published false reports or barely addressed the controversy in a multitude of interviews about Hunter Biden’s new book, Beautiful Things. When it came to the alleged gun injury, the media avoided all direct questions about rejecting drug addiction, which, according to Biden’s interview and book report, lasted until his father’s 2020 presidential campaign.
It’s an all too familiar pattern. Hunter admitted that he was a crack addict even at a time when he was receiving massive payments from overseas companies because of his unexplained “expertise” on energy and other issues. Whether it’s a gun crime or peddling, the blackout has become a medium that conflicts with the book. Biden is asked fleeting questions that resulted in largely identical answers to his lack of memory due to his long addiction. He just cannot remember the laptop, its contents, or even fathering a child with a woman. It doesn’t matter that he can remember details dating back to his first drink when he was 8 years old. Reporters raised these issues and then quickly moved on to other issues.
The new approved narrative was breathlessly described by CNN’s host Brian Stelter, who declared it an “extraordinary” portrayal of a “real person”. Stelter raved that the book’s portrayal of “how many times Hunter Biden could have died, the President’s son, is breathtaking.” It is not the book of a dead father, an influence dealer, or a privileged political elite. Instead, Biden is a hero of our time – a modern Odysseus who overcame every challenge.
Biden life is a tragedy, to be sure. Most of us feel deeply compassionate for the loss of our mother and sister and brother. His addiction is hardly surprising given the painful chapters in his life. If this book and interviews were absolutely honest and frank, the book would be as breathtaking as Stelter claims. However, at any critical point where Hunter could be held accountable for criminal or unethical acts, he recedes into the alleged dark niches of his memory. For example, he claims he has no memory of fathering a child with former GW student, 29-year-old Lunden Alexis Roberts. However, he is not asked if he should fight Roberts for basic parental assistance after a DNA test found he is the father. The court ultimately ruled that payments were “long overdue” and Roberts’ court records described Biden as “not involved in the child’s life since the child was born, never interacted with the child, never raised the child” and “failed to identify” Child from a photo constellation. “
None of these media “red flags” has drawn reporters the slightest interest in interviews with Biden. Now President Biden is pushing for law to address the very same threat Hunter Biden poses in 2018. The Red Flag Act will be the next test on the media and whether it will confront or further circumvent Hunter Biden’s unauthorized story.
This column was also published on Fox.com.