And Now They’re Coming For Your Guns

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Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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President Joe Biden promised on the campaign trail that he would take action on gun control, and he announced in mid-February that his intentions had not changed.

Biden released a statement on Feb. 14 — the third anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Florida — calling on Congress to pass a number of new gun control measures. (RELATED: ‘This Administration Will Not Wait’: Biden Pushes Gun Control On Parkland Shooting Anniversary)

Among the specific measures Biden asked for were an assault weapons ban, a ban on high-capacity magazines and universal background checks. He also suggested that gun manufacturers should not be immune from prosecution.

Just two days later, White House press secretary Jen Psaki made it clear that Biden considered gun control legislation to be a priority for his administration.

Psaki stopped short of saying that Biden would take executive action on the issue, saying instead that he looked forward to “taking on the NRA” as he had in the past.

The one person missing from Biden’s gun control agenda thus far is former Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke — who Biden had tapped during the campaign to help him take on the gun issue.

The day O’Rourke dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary and endorsed the former Vice President, Biden brought him up to the rally stage and announced that he wanted O’Rourke front and center to help “take care of the gun problem.”

But since Biden’s inauguration, little mention has been made of the former Texas legislator — and Psaki confirmed that O’Rourke “doesn’t have any official role” at this time.