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President Biden’s Silence on Son’s Firearm Incident Fuels Gun Control Debate

In a solemn Rose Garden announcement, President Biden unveiled plans for a new office of gun violence prevention as reported by The Guardian on Thursday, September 21, 2023.

However, as he addressed the nation on this pressing issue, he did so as a father who has yet to publicly acknowledge a troubling incident involving his son’s illegal possession of firearms.

The president’s silence on this matter has raised questions about his ability to claim the moral high ground in the ongoing national debate on gun control—a debate that remains critical as gun-related fatalities persist.

The incident in question revolves around Hunter Biden, who purchased a .38 caliber Colt Cobra revolver in October 2018.

Two weeks later, Hallie Biden, Hunter’s late brother’s widow, discovered the weapon in Hunter’s car and discarded it in a trash bin.

Fortunately, the firearm was found by an elderly man rummaging through the refuse and subsequently turned over to the police.

It has since become a key piece of evidence in the federal indictment against Hunter Biden for falsely claiming on a federal Form 4473 that he was not using illegal drugs at the time of purchase.

President Biden’s emotional attachment to his older son, Beau, who tragically passed away, and his protective stance towards Hunter, who now faces criminal charges related to weapons possession, may partially explain his reluctance to address this specific firearm incident.

However, given his role as the nation’s highest-elected leader during a time when gun violence is a leading cause of death for young people, the president’s silence is increasingly difficult to justify.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, the national body count for this year alone stands at 31,176, with 1,049 of those fatalities being teenagers and 220 children.

If President Biden were to break his silence on the matter, he could emphasize the importance of responsible gun ownership, irrespective of the legality of the purchase.

Leaving firearms unattended in vehicles, as Hunter did, is a dangerous practice that contributes to rising gun thefts from cars.

Everytown for Gun Safety reports that such thefts occur approximately every 15 minutes in cities reporting statistics to the FBI.

Atlanta, in particular, has seen thieves target parked cars for stolen firearms, a troubling trend.

Officer Steve Avery of the Atlanta Police stressed the need to prevent violent criminals from gaining access to stolen guns, pointing out that while felons are prohibited from buying firearms, they often obtain them through theft.

In Hunter’s case, the person who took the revolver was not a criminal but his sister-in-law, and her thoughtless act posed a potential danger given the location of the trash bin near a high school.

Additionally, there is a second gun linked to Hunter—a semi-automatic pistol featured in a video found on his infamous laptop. In the video, Hunter appears nude, holding the weapon with the hammer cocked and his finger on the trigger.

He even points the firearm at the camera, inadvertently demonstrating the dangers of individuals on drugs having access to firearms.

President Biden, if he chose to do so, could remind the public of fundamental gun safety principles: always treat a gun as if it’s loaded and never place a finger on the trigger or aim it at anyone unless facing a life-threatening situation.

Furthermore, the president could address the concerning sexualized aspect of America’s firearm culture, exemplified by gun companies’ marketing tactics.

He might reference Bushmaster’s slogan before the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting: “Consider your man card reissued.”

This video suggests that Hunter sought validation by holding a pistol during a turbulent period in his life, raising questions about the connection between masculinity and firearms in American society.

In the end, President Biden and Hunter seem to be counting on the court system to determine whether the Second Amendment prevents the government from restricting gun access for individuals who were using illegal drugs at the time of purchase.

However, questions still linger about the whereabouts of Hunter’s second firearm, underscoring the urgency of addressing these issues.

As the president champions the cause of gun violence prevention, the nation watches and wonders if he will confront this deeply personal issue, not just for his own family but for the millions affected by gun violence across the United States.

Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.


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