Left’s Biggest Gun-Control Activist Silent On Hunter Biden’s Reckless Firearm Scandal

Left’s Biggest Gun-Control Activist Silent On Hunter Biden’s Reckless Firearm Scandal

It's time to investigate Hunter Biden for breaking gun laws, and powerful, left-wing gun-control activists should say so.
Kylee Zempel
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“Now is the time to push the Senate to do the right thing and pass background check legislation. Because this moment is different,” wrote Shannon Watts on Monday in The Nation, where she insisted the U.S. government should be “closing loopholes in order to stop guns from ending up in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.”

Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action, a massive movement of anti-gun activists throughout every state. She’s ardently anti-National Rifle Association, pro-background checks, and pro-bans on guns she thinks are too big. Her organization calls Joe Biden and Kamala Harris “the strongest gun safety administration in U.S. history,” as the executive duo works to enact sweeping gun control measures.

Watts has also been completely silent on Hunter Biden’s reckless missing gun scandal. No mention of Hunter appears on the high-level activist’s Twitter account, despite it being days since the latest report on the Biden son surfaced last week, not to mention the wildly irresponsible and shady nature of the whole ordeal.

Hunter Biden, who has a known history of drug abuse, probably lied about it on a background check form to obtain a firearm, which then went missing after it ended up in a trash can near a high school. Secret Service agents may have tried to clean up and cover up the mess — and Watts, who wants to close “loopholes” and “stop guns from ending up in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them,” has nothing to say about it?

Watts is in good company. The Democratic Party is teeming with firearm opponents champing at the bit to get as many guns as possible out of the hands of average citizens — such as the more than 16 million semi-automatic sporting rifles owned by law-abiding Americans — and to make the remaining guns as hard to acquire and ineffective as possible through universal background checks, bans on certain magazines, and other measures that would render the Second Amendment a relic of the past.

Biden and Harris are in her camp, as are the countless Democrats and media mouthpieces who compulsively seize on every mass shooting to advance their political agendas and earn gun-control brownie points with special interest groups, all while victims’ bodies are still warm.

Meanwhile, while well-connected leftists and other elites break the gun laws our country already has in place, Watts and her class look the other way. It’s inconvenient to deal with the fact that gun laws didn’t stop the president’s troubled son from probably lying to get one and then losing track of it near a school. These activists seem wholly unbothered by the fact that we aren’t even enforcing the gun laws we already have.

The left and ruling class’s lack of interest in Hunter is reminiscent of how they treated David Gregory when, on national television, the host of “Meet The Press” flashed a 30-round-capacity magazine, despite anything over 10 rounds being prohibited in the District of Columbia. Here was Gregory, going toe to toe with NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre, and preaching at his opponent about the dangers of high-capacity magazines while holding one in violation of D.C. law.

Gregory was never prosecuted. Although D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan insisted his office took the responsibility of prosecuting such offenses “very seriously,” he let Gregory off the hook because “under all of the circumstances here a prosecution would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes its trust.”

The message reeks of elitism: We can handle our guns, but you can’t handle yours. Left-wing celebrities never get prosecuted for violating left-wing gun laws. And Hunter Biden won’t be prosecuted either. He won’t even be questioned or investigated.

Hunter Biden Must Be Investigated

It isn’t for lack of probable cause to inquire. Not counting the other times the Biden son has been let off the hook for his scandals, the missing gun incident alone is ripe for investigation and almost assuredly prosecution.

At the center of the story, as reported by Politico, is a gun that Hunter’s girlfriend Hallie, the wife of the late Beau Biden, found when she was rifling through Hunter’s truck because she was suspicious of him. She took the gun and dumped it into a trash can behind a grocery store, which was across from a high school — completely reckless behavior.

According to a firearm transaction record obtained by The Federalist, Hunter had purchased that gun, a Colt Cobra .38 Special revolver with a talo finish, after replying “no” to a question on an ATF transaction form inquiring whether he was the “unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.” The Federalist also obtained a copy of that form, which can be viewed here.

Hunter’s track record of drug abuse, however, is well established. Not only did his drug habit contribute to his marriage falling apart, his discharge from the military, and a handful of stints in rehab, but Hunter was also suspected of smoking crack cocaine in the VIP room of a strip club he frequented.

“There was a smell of burning Styrofoam in the VIP room. We told him nothing illegal can go on here,” the club’s managing partner told Page Six. “We didn’t see anything illegal. After he was spoken to, the smell stopped.”

“VIP employees suspected it was crack,” he added.

While the club typically required customers to pay with credit cards that matched official IDs, the managing partner said, “Hunter was a bit of an exception” and would pay “thousands and thousands of dollars in the Archibald’s VIP rooms” with “credit cards that didn’t have his name on it.”

This occurred in “late 2018” — and the firearm purchase? That occurred on Oct. 12, 2018, which would be “late 2018.”

In a text allegedly sent by Hunter, he essentially acknowledged as much, implying his drug use was an ongoing issue. Hallie “stole the gun out of my truck lock box … because she was scared I would harm myself due to my drug and alcohol problem and our volatile relationship and that she was afraid for the kids,” the message reads.

The same text exchange corroborated what Politico reported: that Secret Service agents got involved. Shortly after police and the FBI — which was also looking into Hunter for potential tax crimes in an investigation that is still ongoing — arrived at the grocery store where the gun had been dumped but then had disappeared when Hallie went back to retrieve it, two Secret Service agents reportedly paid a visit to the gun store where Hunter had bought the firearm earlier that month. According to Politico’s sources, they had “badges and identification cards” and told the owner to turn over the Firearms Transaction Record from the purchase.

The store owner “suspected that the Secret Service officers wanted to hide Hunter’s ownership of the missing gun in case it were to be involved in a crime,” according to multiple people with a “firsthand knowledge of the episode.” So he held onto the paperwork until the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), the agency authorized to review the forms, could get to them.

Both the Secret Service and the White House denied involvement, but the text says otherwise. Two Republican senators last week sent a letter to the head of Secret Service, demanding answers about the agency’s involvement.

Biden’s ATF Pick Will Be Compromised

President Biden will soon be choosing a nominee to head the ATF, the law enforcement agency within the Department of Justice that issues the background check forms on which Hunter denied drug use. It’s also the same agency that regulates firearm sales, transportation, and possession of firearms and ammo, meaning a director hostile to firearms would not only pose a threat to the Second Amendment, with the full force of the federal government behind him, but the installment of a left-wing director would also result in Hunter Biden off the hook once again, recklessly flouting firearm laws with impunity.

Republican senators have a responsibility here to double down on the Biden son incident when vetting his father’s nominee. Will a potential director commit to using ATF resources to pursue an investigation and subsequent prosecution against a potential felon, no matter his political connections? Republican lawmakers must ask.

Harris bailed out violent leftist rioters, peddled the Jussie Smollett hate crime “MAGA country” hoax, and now wants to make it illegal for people convicted of federal hate crimes to obtain firearms. Will a Biden ATF pick use government resources to disproportionately target conservatives while turning a blind eye to Biden family scandals?

We know how President Biden likes to handle prosecutors and family business. He once bragged about bribing Ukraine to fire the prosecutor investigating Burisma, where Hunter was raking in $50,000 per month to sit on its board.

The ATF and other federal law enforcers must confirm whether Hunter lied on a federal form to get his hands on a gun. They must unearth the names of the Secret Service agents who may have abused their power to try to collect the form in question and thus clean up the messes of the Biden family.

That we don’t have answers to these questions — and that left-wing gun hawks aren’t even beginning to ask them — is unacceptable. Anyone Biden appoints to head the ATF will be compromised.

No more freebies for the Biden family. No more free passes for leftists like Shannon Watts to spew rhetoric that seeks to deny fundamental freedoms to law-abiding Americans while remaining utterly mum about gun malfeasance within their own ranks. It’s time to investigate Hunter Biden for breaking gun laws, and powerful left-wing gun-control activists should say so.

Kylee Zempel is an assistant editor at The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter @kyleezempel.

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