The Biden administration has begun. Once was, presidents were given a grace period to enact what was seen as a mandate from a recent election.
Indeed, the term the “first 100 days” of a presidency was coined on the 100th day of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first term in 1933. On the 100th day, Roosevelt went on the radio and said, “We all wanted the opportunity of a little quiet thought to examine and assimilate in a mental picture the crowding events of the hundred days which had been devoted to the starting of the wheels of the New Deal.”
Since then, the first 100 days of a presidential term has been used to measure the early success of a president during this golden period.
The thing is, in his first 100 days and beyond, President Joe Biden (D) does not have a mandate to take away our Second Amendment rights.
Biden did not talk much about gun control during his campaign for the presidency. His campaign website did outline a long list of onerous restrictions on our rights, but the mainstream media almost never asked him about this, and it didn’t come up in either presidential debate. Biden, and his many media supporters, clearly did not want to make the Second Amendment into a big campaign issue.
The major gun-control groups even opted to spend a lot of their campaign funds on issues other than gun control.
While on stage in a presidential primary debate, Biden did call gun manufacturers “the enemy.” In tweets and more, Biden and his team have repeatedly said they want to “defeat the NRA,” which, of course, means he wants to politically trounce you and every other American who cherishes their freedom, as the NRA is a civil-liberties association that defends every American’s Second Amendment rights.
Still, clearly a part of Biden’s campaign strategy was to avoid this issue—as Americans, in election after election, have opted not to vote away their rights.
So even though Biden’s party controls the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, their margins are thin.
The U.S. Senate is now divided 50-50 (including two independents who caucus with the Democrats). Vice President Kamala Harris can break 50-50 ties, but the Democrats also can’t afford to lose a single vote. A lot of pressure, from both sides, will be on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.). His current term ends on January 3, 2025 and he serves in a state that voted for former President Donald J. Trump over Biden by a more than two-to-one margin.
In the House—as this is being written, three seats are still vacant—Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has a slim 10-vote margin (out of 435 members of Congress).
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