In 2022, a depraved gunman entered a crowded shopping mall in Greenwood, Ind., and opened fire. If not for the quick actions of one of the shoppers, a young auto mechanic named Elisjsha Dicken, who had been enjoying the day at the mall with his girlfriend, the gunman would have killed many people.
Elisjsha was a proud gun owner, described as a “hardworking, all-American” man. He recognized the threat the shooter posed and reacted instinctively, drawing out his handgun, crouching near a trashcan, and taking aim at the shooter from 40 yards away, Elisjsha fired 10 rounds in less than a few minutes. He eventually felled the shooter, only stopping his attack against the mass shooter when bystanders ran into his line of sight.
Elisjsha saved countless lives that day.
Yet, Elisjsha was still temporarily detained by authorities after the shooting, and there was a momentary concern that he might have been charged with a crime.
Thankfully for young Elisjsha, Indiana is a Red State and is friendly to gun owners—especially gun owners who practice their God-given Second Amendment rights in defense of the community.
In many other states, though, Elisjsha might have been treated harsher by the law than the shooter would have been.
Extenuating circumstances and the right of self-defense is a time-honored American tradition. He was saved legal headaches because the Indiana authorities easily recognized this fact.
But the threat of legal trouble is something that all American gunowners must constantly be aware of when exercising their Second Amendment rights…even when their guns can save many innocent lives from a lunatic gunman.
Hunter Biden Gets Special Treatment
For America’s First Son, though, these concerns are not even part of his life.
That’s not because he is President Joe Biden’s son and, therefore, ideologically opposed to gun ownership. Far from it. Hunter Biden is a proud gun owner. It’s also not because Hunter is such a responsible gun owner. Hunter and responsibility should never be seriously used in the same sentence.
Alas, Hunter Biden was also a big fan of cocaine and other drugs – he has since cleaned up his act, and good for him. Alas, in the United States, just as there are limits to your right of self-defense, there are laws forbidding gun ownership to active drug users.
Not to worry, though, unlike the heroic Elisjsha, Hunter Biden is a card-carrying member of the elite. He can snort lines of cocaine off the barrel of a loaded gun while making sex videos with barely legal-aged hookers, and the same people who might have wanted to charge Elisjsha with a crime insist that everyone ignore evidence about Hunter’s violation of America’s gun laws.
These are gun control laws, by the way, that Hunter’s father helped to enact over the course of his long and sordid career in government.
Hunter Biden’s 2018 purchase is being investigated by a Department of Justice (DOJ) probe because the First Son was knowingly in possession of—and was using—illicit narcotics at this time.
When Hunter Biden purchased the weapon in 2018, he signed a legally binding document indicating that he was not an “unlawful user of, or addicted to” any “controlled substance.”
Thus, he was violating the Gun Control Act of 1968. Anyone else under investigation like this would certainly be found guilty.
In fact, because Hunter Biden is the president’s son, many legal scholars have complained that the DOJ’s gun violation investigation into Hunter Biden (as well as the tax evasion investigation that is related to the gun charges) has taken far longer than the average time it takes to investigate these violations.
So, if us plebs violated these laws, we’d have been investigated quickly, likely found guilty, and given the maximum sentence. But it’s Hunter Biden. He gets special treatment, apparently.
At the same time, the First Son’s legal team is mounting what many Democrats would view as an unorthodox—almost Republican—defense.
They’re readying to challenge the constitutionality of the very same gun laws that the Biden Administration is fighting to protect and even enhance. In fact, an earlier Supreme Court ruling weakening the Gun Control Act of 1968, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, prompted President Biden to denounce the ruling “deeply troubling.”
Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows
Now, Hunter Biden might very well become the next—in a long line—of conservative legal challenges to the Gun Control Act of 1968 and similar laws that Republicans believe to be infringements upon the Second Amendment.
And if he does, that will put him squarely at odds with his father’s administration and the Democratic Party…all while making him strange bedfellows with his family’s Republican rivals, as they come to share a common goal of weakening Democratic Party supported gun control legislation and rules.
The fact of the matter is, though, that Hunter Biden is clearly being given very special treatment by the authorities. Just because he might make common cause with Republican anti-gun control groups as he seeks to keep himself out of jail for laws, he clearly violated does not mean that Republicans should go easy on Hunter Biden.
How many ordinary Americans have been brought up on charges like what Hunter Biden is being investigated for and had their lives ruined while Hunter gets soft treatment from his father’s Justice Department and might end up winning over the very same Republicans who are supposed to be doggedly pursuing him for his wanton corruption?
GOP Must Prosecute, No Matter What
Republicans must ignore whatever convenient challenges to the various Democratic Party gun control laws that Hunter Biden’s lawyers will mount to save their client from jail. They must continue pursuing him with extreme prejudice, as he is likely the only conduit linking his illicit activities to his father.
If enough pressure can be applied by the House Republicans investigating Hunter Biden to the First Son, they just might be able to get Hunter to dish the dirt on his corrupt father. If the Republicans can do that, they can impeach President Biden.
Or, at the very least, provide the public with enough damning evidence of Joe Biden’s corruption that voters will abandon the Democrats and side with the Republicans in the 2024 Presidential Election.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.