On July 22, 2021, the Biden administration rolled out its new gun control goon squads that are being branded as “strike forces.”According to Ryan Morgan of American Military News, these strike forces will be deployed to five U.S. major cities to fight gun trafficking.
At a White House press briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki said, “Today the Department of Justice is announcing, or has announced, the launch of five gun trafficking strike forces in regions around the country, to combat the uptick in gun crimes that we’ve seen over the past 18 months.”
According to the Associated Press, Attorney General Merrick Garland revealed that these gun trafficking “strike forces” will be present in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Garland even went to his hometown of Chicago on July 22 to announce the deployment of the strike forces per a Politico report.
“We are redoubling our efforts as ATF works with law enforcement to track the movement of illegal firearms used in violent crimes,” Garland said before reporters on July 21. “These strike forces enable sustained coordination across multiple jurisdictions to help disrupt the worst gun trafficking corridors.”
“All too often, guns found at crime scenes come from hundreds or even thousands of miles away,” Garland added. “We are redoubling our efforts as ATF works with law enforcement to track the movement of illegal firearms used in violent crimes. These strike forces enable sustained coordination across multiple jurisdictions to help disrupt the worst gun trafficking corridors.”
While the fight to combat “illegal guns” seems laudable, one has to wonder what’s really at play. This looks like another pretext to federalize law enforcement and let anti-gun bureacracies spread their tentacles into local jurisdictions. Furthermore, if politicians are serious about reducing crime, they would not defund the police and allow them to actually do their jobs.
It also helps to have lawful citizens armed and able to defend themselves against criminals. The combination of an armed citizenry plus rational policing measures will do more to secure cities than top-down federal gun control measures.