President Joe Biden holds up a ghost gun kit during an event at the White House in Washington on April 11, 2022. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
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Gun control advocates are celebrating in anticipation, and Second Amendment activists are decrying reports that President Joe Biden will announce the creation of a White House office of gun violence prevention on Friday.
According to published reports, the office will be staffed by gun control activists from Everytown for Gun Safety, the organization started by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Community Justice Action Fund.
“[This decision] is putting the gun prohibition lobby on the White House payroll,” Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, told The Epoch Times.
Neither Everytown for Gun Safety nor the White House responded to The Epoch Times' requests for comment.
In a post on X, formerly Twitter, gun control proponent David Hogg celebrated the reports as a victory.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg addresses the crowd during the March For Our Lives rally against gun violence in Washington on March 24, 2018. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
“Celebrate this win. It shows the difference politics can make.”
Aidan Johnston, Director of Federal Affairs for Gun Owners of America, told The Epoch Times that President Biden may be prepared to declare a public health emergency to implement gun control as New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham did.
“[The Community Justice Action Fund] agenda item number 2 is weaponizing an emergency to push gun control,” Mr. Johnston said.
“We are concerned that Biden will also make the concession to declare a gun violence emergency.”
He agreed with Mr. Gottlieb that the plan amounts to paying activists to find ways to deny Americans Constitutional rights.
“It’s un-American and in direct opposition to the Bill of Rights,” he stated.
Since President Biden was elected, gun control activists have pushed for such an office. While the President was praised for the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) passed in June 2022 and hailed by gun control groups as the “most important gun safety legislation in 30 years,” he has publicly stated that “more needs to be done.”
Second Amendment advocates have condemned President Biden’s administration for reportedly using federal agencies—especially the ATF—to bypass Congress and implement gun control.
The ATF is fighting lawsuits over pistol stabilizing braces, zero-tolerance policies, and redefining what constitutes a “gun dealer.” Many claim that redefining gun dealers is a backdoor attempt to enforce universal background checks.
Mr. Johnston said it is up to pro-Second Amendment forces in Congress to stop what he sees as a dangerous threat.
“If Biden wants to imitate the governor of New Mexico, it’s this office that would be enforcing his gun violence emergency,” Mr. Johnston said.
He said Congress should deny funding to the office before it is even announced. According to Mr. Johnston, that effort is already underway through the “Protecting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Act,” sponsored by Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas).
The law would prevent using an emergency declaration to deny Second Amendment rights, Mr. Johnston said.
“This legislation is needed now more than ever. Congress needs to vote on the Braun/Cloud legislation,” he said.
Mr. Johnston also expressed skepticism over the timing of the decision.
He pointed out that President Biden had previously resisted setting up the office. He also noted that groups like Everytown for Gun Safety invest heavily in candidates who will support their agenda.
“It seems like President Biden is giving things to the anti-gun lobby in exchange for their endorsements and campaign donations,” Mr. Johnston said.
Mr. Gottlieb said that regardless of the reason for President Biden’s decision, Second Amendment backers in Congress needed to act sooner rather than later.
“I would expect that the Second Amendment supporters in Congress would move to deny the funding for this appalling plan,” he said.
Other activist offices the Biden Administration has created.
Senator Hawley announced this about the Disinformation Board. It was shut down but here is a link to the reinstated Board Here: https://www.dhs.gov/publication/disinformation-governance-board
Hawley Investigation: DHS Documents Expose Shocking New Details on Disinfo Board Censorship Agenda
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) revealed new documents obtained from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as part of his investigation into President Joe Biden’s plans to establish a so-called “Disinformation Governance Board” to monitor and suppress the speech of American citizens. The hundreds of pages of heavily redacted internal emails, which can be read in full below, expose that DHS’s plans for the Disinformation Governance Board were much more extensive than the Biden administration has publicly acknowledged. In June, whistleblower documents obtained by Senators Hawley and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) revealed a first-look at DHS’s internal plans for the Disinformation Governance Board, including a potential partnership with Twitter and a public-facing “Rumor Control Program.” New documents now show that, despite DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’s testimony in May that the Board hadn’t met, the Disinformation Governance Board Steering Group had begun meeting on a weekly basis as early as February 2022 and already had operational authorities. The new documents also reveal that the Disinformation Governance Board plans to partner with Big Tech were far more extensive than DHS or the White House has admitted. Internal emails detail how DHS officials planned to meet with Meta’s Head of Security Policy Nathaniel Gleicher in February 2022, the same official who was in charge of security during Facebook’s suppression of the New York Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden ahead of the 2020 election. The Disinformation Governance Board also planned to establish an “analytic exchange” with “industry partners” in Big Tech. Finally, the documents expose how the Disinformation Governance Board coordinated with the Omidyar Network, a left-wing dark money organization that has funneled millions of dollars into liberal advocacy groups. Emails show the Board received a document known as the “Z Memo” from the Omidyar Network in March. One week later, Jankowicz shared an op-ed authored by Omidyar staff with her colleagues. In a new letter to Secretary Mayorkas, Senator Hawley blasts the administration over their lack of transparency and demands DHS immediately provide Congress with full, unredacted copies of all documents produced. Read the internal DHS documents obtained by Senator Hawley here:
DHS File #1
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Read Senator Hawley’s letter to Secretary Mayorkas in full here or below: November 30, 2022 The Hon. Alejandro Mayorkas Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2707 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE Washington, D.C. 20528 Dear Secretary Mayorkas: I write concerning new documents relating to Nina Jankowicz and the Disinformation Governance Board. As you know, on June 7, 2022, Senator Grassley and I expressed alarm over your decision to establish an unconstitutional Disinformation Board within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In that letter, we published documents obtained through a whistleblower that outlined the pervasive scope and ambitions of the Disinformation Board. It is clear based on the latest documents you have finally turned over that the Department still has not told the truth about its continuing efforts to censor political speech. On May 4, 2022, in response to my questioning, you testified, “The board has not yet met.” That was untrue. Documents that your own Department recently produced to my office show that the Disinformation Governance Board’s Steering Group met as early as February 4, 2022, and was meeting on a weekly basis. Shortly after Ms. Jankowicz onboarded, she requested “a copy of the last 2-3 steering group meeting agendas.” Despite your assertions to the contrary, the board appeared to have operational authorities: Ms. Jankowicz indicated it was the responsibility of Disinformation Board members to “ensure that their respective components implement, execute, and follow Board decisions.” Our whistleblower documents previously revealed that the Board was engaging with Twitter on possible censorship activities. These new records show even more Big Tech companies were involved. The Disinformation Board planned to meet with Nathaniel Gleicher of Meta (formerly Facebook), who was head of security policy at that company during the controversy over the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story, and had contacts with the Omidyar Network, a liberal dark money group which has poured millions into combatting “misinformation”. The documents further show that the Disinformation Board’s Executive Director, Nina Jankowicz, repeatedly pushed for DHS to establish an “analytic exchange” with “industry partners”—possibly a portal for Big Tech companies to coordinate speech suppression with the government. She also pressed for so-called disinformation experts to meet with the Board, including one who wrote that “[c]onservative consumers are more likely to be susceptible to fake news and misinformation” and “most fake news is conservative-leaning.” Another expert she identified has posted about “Why Poor Whites Chant Trump” and argued that “Anti-immigrant disinformation is strongly associated with the ideology of exclusion and native supremacy that underpin [sic] right-wing popularism and far-right extremism.” We now also know that when you finally abolished the Disinformation Board, the Board’s deputy, Elizabeth Kozey, was hired into the White House, where she works in the National Security Council’s Resilience & Response Directorate. A federal court recently concluded that an official in your department is “supervising the ‘nerve center’ of federally directed censorship.” In light of that, I would have hoped you would be more forthcoming. Instead, you have continued your blatant attempt to avoid transparency and sidestep congressional oversight. The documents you turned over to my office, six months after I requested them, are so heavily redacted most are illegible. So that Congress can consider remedial legislation, please provide unredacted copies of all documents produced to Congress as well as all records responsive to my oversight requests dated April 28, May 23, July 7, July 13, September 21, and November 14. As part of my investigation into the Disinformation Board, I will be releasing for the public all documents in my possession so Americans can judge for themselves your agency’s efforts to censor speech. Sincerely, Josh Hawley United States Senator
Another new activist group being created under the Biden Administration is the Climate Corps:
White House launches American Climate Corps
Reported by NBC News:
By Megan Lebowitz and Caroline Kenny
WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday announced the launch of the American Climate Corps, which the administration said will mobilize more than 20,000 Americans in the clean energy and climate resilience sectors. "This is important because we’re not only opening up pathways to bold climate action, we’re not just opening up pathways to decarbonization, we’re opening up pathways to good paying careers, lifetimes of being involved in the work of making our communities more sustainable, more fair, more resilient in the face of a changing climate,” White House climate policy adviser Ali Zaidi said on a call with reporters Tuesday. The White House is also creating a website where people interested in joining the effort can sign up for information. The corps members will be paid, the White House said. The American Climate Corps will "train young people in clean energy, conservation and climate resilience related skills" and "streamline pathways into civil service," the White House said in a news release. Zaidi was joined on the call with reporters by the head of the environmental group Sunrise Movement, Varshini Prakash. Sunrise Movement has been vocal in calling on President Joe Biden to declare a national emergency over the effects of climate change, creating a petition that has garnered more than 41,000 supporters, according to the group's website. Prakash compared the American Climate Corps to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps, which was created as part of the New Deal in 1933. "Just as FDR Civilian Conservation Corps put millions to work repairing bridges, planting trees and building national parks, this climate corps will conserve our land and water, bolster community resilience, advance environmental justice and tackle the climate crisis," Prakash said. The White House previously pitched the idea of launching a new Civilian Climate Corps as part of its sweeping Build Back Better Act framework, but the proposal was cut from the comparatively smaller Inflation Reduction Act that ultimately passed Congress. The original proposal for the climate effort said the corps would have more than 300,000 members that "will conserve our public lands, bolster community resilience, and address the changing climate, all while putting good-paying union jobs within reach for more Americans." Biden had also signed an executive order just days into his presidency calling on agencies to submit a strategy for creating a Civilian Climate Corps initiative. The launch of the program on Wednesday comes as Biden faces a low approval rating on the issue of climate change. Forty percent of respondents in a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll in July approved of the president’s handling of climate change, while 57% disapproved. Earlier this week, House and Senate Democrats sent a letter to Biden urging him to issue an executive order to establish a Civilian Climate Corps initiative. "As members of Congress who have led on various legislative proposals for Civilian Climate and Conservation Corps, we support your Administration in taking executive action and will continue to fight for additional resources from Congress," said the letter, which was signed by 51 members of Congress.
CORRECTION (Sept. 20, 2023, 11:08 a.m. ET): An initial version of this article misstated in a quote the racial makeup of the Civilian Conservation Corps under FDR. The public works program employed minorities, including Black men, not just white men. The quote has been deleted from the article.
Here is the White houses link to the new Corps Team: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2023/09/20/fact-sheet-biden-harris-administration-launches-american-climate-corps-to-train-young-people-in-clean-energy-conservation-and-climate-resilience-skills-create-good-paying-jobs-and-tackle-the-clima/
Pay special attention to its mission:
The American Climate Corps will mobilize a new, diverse generation of more than 20,000 Americans – putting them to work conserving and restoring our lands and waters, bolstering community resilience, deploying clean energy, implementing energy efficient technologies, and advancing environmental justice, all while creating pathways to high-quality, good-paying clean energy and climate resilience jobs in the public and private sectors after they complete their paid training program.