by Scott Creighton
The Huffington Post has gone completely crazy. They actually wrote that Joe Biden is a great guy for suggesting the way to reduce violent crime is to toss young black men a basketball while padding the potential profit margins of the for-profit prison industrial complex. I wish I were kidding.
Spending his days at a pool where some swimmers had never conversed with a white person before, Biden had an educational experience that others lacked. In his autobiography, “Promises to Keep,” the lifeguarding gig plays a surprisingly prominent role. Prices Run Swimming Pool, he wrote, did more to mold his views of race, society and the triggers of unrest than did all the press coverage he consumed from newspapers and television. It taught him one of the “most valuable lessons about what divided people — and what unites them.”
As he transitioned from lifeguard to lawyer and, ultimately, to lawmaker, those lessons stayed with him. They shaped his approach to a number of legislative topics, including crime and gun control. Former aides recalled how Biden dug in his heels on a provision in the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, the anti-crime bill passed in 1994, that kept recreational basketball courts open until midnight. He believed from his days as a lifeguard that providing youths with an alternative social outlet would help prevent violence.” Huffington Post
But what else did that piece of legislation ACTUALLY do? Well, for one thing it banned all assault weapons in the United States as well as pretty much defined the type of weapons ban they are looking to push today. It’s the exact same things they are trying to ban almost item for item.
But that’s just one thing. Here are a few others (source):
- Title VI, the Federal Death Penalty Act, created about 60 new death penalty offenses, for crimes related to acts of terrorism, murder of a federal law enforcement officer, drug trafficking, civil rights-related murders, drive-by shootings resulting in death, the use of weapons of mass destruction resulting in death, and carjackings resulting in death.
- Title XI, subtitle A, formally known as the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, but commonly known as the Federal Assault Weapons Ban or Semiautomatic Assault Weapons Ban, barred the manufacture of 19 specific semi-automatic firearms, classified as “assault weapons” (a non-technical term), as well as any semi-automatic rifle, pistol, or shotgun that is capable of accepting a detachable magazine, and which has two or more of the following features: A telescoping or folding stock, a pistol grip, a flash suppressor, a grenade launcher, and a bayonet lug.
- This law also banned possession of newly-manufactured magazines holding more than ten rounds of ammunition.
- In addition, there were 50 new federal offenses, including provisions making membership in gangs a crime. Some argued that these provisions violated the guarantee of freedom of association in the Bill of Rights.
- $9.7 billion in funding for prisons
- One of the more controversial provisions of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act overturned a section of the Higher Education Act of 1965 permitting prison inmates to receive a Pell Grant for postsecondary education while incarcerated.
So in reality, the law that Biden WROTE and passed in the wake of the Clinton administration’s assault on Waco, stripped us of constitutional rights and then SPECIFICALLY targeted young black men predominately by creating new laws to stick them in prison for gang membership, new FOR PROFIT PRISONS for them to land in, put more of them on death row, and then killed off any chance they had to better themselves with a college education while trying to start their lives over again.
But hey. Biden did give them more time to play basketball. What a saint, huh?
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