Levi Strauss CEO Bergh: ‘When it Comes to Gun Control, Gun Violence Is Ripping This Country Apart’

President and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. Chip Bergh said Friday on CNN’s “Newsroom” that his company is advocating for so-called gun control because “gun violence is ripping this country apart.”

Bergh said, “I’ve been a CEO now for about ten years. I can tell you that over that 10-year period of time, the role has changed dramatically. You know, the business roundtable, talk about stakeholder management and ensuring that we’re driving value for all stakeholders. I have a large employee base globally. I’ve got communities where we work and serve the communities. So we’ve got a broad range of stakeholders. I really do believe, especially at Levi’s, that I have a platform. We’re committed to making change. This company has been around for 180 years. A big part of the reason I believe we’ve been around for 180 years is we’ve not been afraid to take a position on issues that are really, really important and not been afraid to stick our neck out on these tough issues.”

He continued, “When it comes to gun control, gun violence is ripping this country apart. It’s almost every single day you’re hearing about another incident. So this is important to us as a country. I serve the U.S. Army. We’re not trying to repeal the Second Amendment. We’re just calling for legislation that will make our world a safer place.”

Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN


PolitiFact: Joe Biden’s Gun Claims ‘Mostly False’

PolitiFact weighed the background check gun control claims President Joe Biden made Thursday and labeled them “mostly false.”

During the gun control push, Biden said, “Most people don’t know: If you walk into a store and you buy a gun, you have a background check. But you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want and no background check.”

PolitiFact weighed Biden’s claim, noting Biden “exaggerated” and asserted his claim is “mostly false”:

Democrats have long used gun shows to justify the passage of more gun control. They often frame their appeals under the guise of fixing the so-called “gun show loophole,” intimating that criminals are using gun shows as a way to circumvent background checks and acquire guns.

However, on August 30, 2015, Breitbart News reported a University of Chicago Crime Lab study on criminals in the Cook County, Illinois, jail system. The  study focused on “inmates who were facing gun charges or whose criminal background involved gun crimes.”

The Chicago-Tribune spoke with Crime Lab co-director Harold Pollack about the study and Pollack noted that “some of the pathways [regarding guns] people are concerned about don’t seem so dominant.” He noted very few inmates indicated using gun shows or the internet. Rather, they procured their guns in undetectable ways on the street.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.


Joe Biden’s Push on Gun Control Distracts from Historic Border Crisis

President Joe Biden’s push for gun control Thursday distracted the media from new alarming numbers detailing the historic migrant crisis on the Southern border.

The president’s Rose Garden event highlighted the administration’s planned executive actions on gun control. The president also emphasized the dreams of gun control advocates, including a new assault rifle ban and reversing liability protections for gun manufacturers.

Biden’s gun control proposals were enough to distract reporters at the White House press briefing Thursday afternoon, who did not ask press secretary Jen Psaki a single question about the border crisis. There was also no mention of the record-breaking numbers of migrants apprehended at the border.

Agents apprehended nearly 170,000 migrants in March, a nearly 72 percent increase in a month. That included a record 18,663 unattended minors in a single month, more than twice the number apprehended in February.

Psaki ignored the crisis during the briefing, bringing in Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm to discuss President Biden’s dramatic spending proposals to increase green energy.

The White House has resisted commenting on the crisis after Biden insisted during a press conference in March that the rise in apprehensions were seasonal.

“It happens every single, solitary year: There is a significant increase in the number of people coming to the border in the winter months of January, February, March. That happens every year,” Biden said.

The latest numbers, however, triggered corporate media fact-checkers to point out the administration’s messaging failure on the issue:

Vice President Kamala Harris, despite taking charge of the “root causes” of the border crisis, has focused her travel domestically to promote the coronavirus vaccine and the administration’s proposed $2.5 trillion infrastructure spending plan.

On Wednesday, during the White House press briefing, Psaki declined to detail any trips to the border by the president or the vice president to draw attention to the issue.

“I don’t have any trips to outline or preview,” she said. “What our focus is, on is solutions.”


Biden Adviser Richmond: Republicans Need to Stop Hiding Behind Second Amendment — It’s Not Meant for ‘Weapons of War’

Biden senior adviser Cedric Richmond said Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” that President Biden was determined to do “something about gun violence” so Republicans who “have hid behind the Second Amendment for far too long” need to respond to public demand for gun regulations on “weapons of war.”

Richmond said, “I know President Biden’s passion about doing something about gun violence and creating sensible gun laws along with Vice President Harris, and I think the country is shifting too.”

He continued, “Republicans and NRA have hid behind the Second Amendment for far too long. When the Second Amendment was written, people were stuffing gunpowder into a musket to shoot. Now you have guns that can shoot 100 rounds in a minute, and that’s just completely different. These are weapons of war. They’re weapons of mass destruction. They have no place on the streets of America. We have a president now who will call out all of those who oppose safe neighborhoods, safe streets, and stopping the carnage on the streets of America.”

Guest-host Nicolle Wallace said, “I say this with respect, Cedric, but have you met today’s Republican Party?”

Richmond said, “I have, but I think that the people in the country are more powerful than they’ve ever been and that the demand is there.”

He added, “Public support for sensible gun regulations up in the 80s, almost at 90%. For some things like universal background checks, it’s in the 90s. I think Republicans are either going to move with the times, or the voting population will move them out.”

Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN


7 Awkward Moments from Joe Biden’s Gun Control Announcement

President Joe Biden took the bully pulpit Thursday at the White House to push for more gun control, slipping into his trademark misstatements, “brain freezes,” and awkward turns of phrase.

Here are seven of the strangest moments from Biden’s Rose Garden speech:

1. “Pistol” or “pencil”?

“A stabilizing brace used in a pencil [sic] essentially makes that pistol hell of a lot more accurate than many rifles,” Biden said. “As a result, it’s more lethal, effectively turning it into a short-barreled rifle.”

2. Sorry Jill! “Our son,” not “my son”

During his speech, Biden apologized to his wife Jill Biden for referring to his deceased son Beau Biden as “my son” instead of “our son.”

“I’m proud that the red flag laws in my home state of Delaware was named after my son, Attorney General Beau Biden — our son, excuse me, Jill,” he said.

3. Rewriting history

“For that 10 years we had it done, the number of mass shootings actually went down,” Biden said of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban passed in 1994 which expired in 2004.

Fact-checkers frequently rebut politicians and media figures on this claim, describing it as “half-true” or “unclear.” The Washington Post gave Bill Clinton “three Pinocchios” for making the same argument.

4. Joe Biden dreams of God granting him one gun control law

“If I get one thing on my list, the Lord came down and said, ‘Joe you get one of these, gimme that one.’ Because I tell you what, there would be a come-to-the-Lord moment these folks would have real quickly.”

5. “No amendment to the Constitution is absolute.”

Joe Biden asserted that the Second Amendment was not “absolute” asserting that at America’s founding citizens were not allowed to “own any weapon they wanted to own.”

“They are phony arguments suggesting that these are Second Amendment rights at stake from what we are talking about but no amendment, no amendment is absolute.”

6. Joe Biden botches a description of the “gun show loophole.”

“Most people don’t know you walk into a store and you buy a gun, you have a background check. But you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want and no background check,” he said.

The vast majority of gun show vendors are licensed dealers who require background checks. Only private person-to-person sales do not require a background in states that do not have universal background check laws.

7. Joe Biden refers to the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms) as the “AFT” — twice!

“Today I’m proud to nominate David Chipman to serve as the director of the AFT [sic],” Biden said. “David knows the AFT [sic] well.”


Biden Blasts US As ‘International Embarrassment’ In New Gun-Control Executive Orders

President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that he is issuing multiple executive orders to combat what he called a “public health crisis” and “international embarrassment” of gun violence in the United States.

Among Biden’s executive actions are directives for the Department of Justice to “stop the proliferation of ‘ghost gun’” building kits within 30 days by subjecting those who purchase them to regular firearm procedures such as background checks and serial numbers on the guns. Biden also gave the Justice Department 60 days to reclassifying pistols with stabilizing braces as short-barreled rifles and cited the recent shooting in Boulder, Colorado, as one example of how the braces could be abused to harm people. He also asked the department to publish an “annual report on firearms trafficking and annual updates necessary to give policymakers the information they need to help address firearms trafficking today.”

Other actions Biden suggested include publicizing model “red flag” legislation for states and Congress to evaluate implementing to “allow family members or law enforcement to petition for a court order temporarily barring people in crisis from accessing firearms if they present a danger to themselves or others.” Similarly, Biden recommended multiple federal agencies invest and engage in “evidence-based community violence interventions” around the nation funded by the president’s proposed “American Jobs Plan.”

During his announcement of the new gun regulations, Biden claimed he does not intend to infringe on anyone’s Second Amendment rights but warned that “no amendment to the Constitution is absolute.”

“You can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater and call it freedom of speech,” he said.

In addition to making false claims that buying a firearm at a gun show does not require a background check, Biden also called for a ban on high-capacity magazines and said that if he could pick one item to implement from his reform list, it would be allowing gun manufacturers to be sued.

“The idea that we have so many people dying every single day from gun violence in America is a blemish on our character as a nation,” Biden said.

Vice President Kamala Harris also weighed in, claiming these proposed actions are “reasonable” and need to be passed by Congress.

“I have fought my entire career to end this violence and to pass reasonable gun safety laws. Time and again, as progress has stalled, we have all asked — what are we waiting for? Because we aren’t waiting for a tragedy. I know that,” Harris said.

Biden also announced his intent to name David Chipman, an anti-gun group adviser, to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), where he used to work as a special agent. Shortly before his nomination, Chipman locked his Twitter account, most likely in an effort to prevent journalists and others from discovering any politically charged tweets that sank previous Biden nominees.


Joe Biden Stresses Background Checks for Guns as Hunter Biden Accused of Lying on Gun Form

President Joe Biden issued several new executive orders and actions on Thursday aimed at gun control — while his son, Hunter Biden, is accused by critics of having violated federal law by lying about his past drug use in a background check for a gun.

The gun was part of a domestic dispute that reportedly involved the Secret Service. It later disappeared.

As Breitbart News reported last month:

Politico managed to obtain a copy of the Firearms Transaction Record and a receipt for the gun in question, dated Oct. 12, 2018. It asked, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” Hunter answered “no” despite his history of drug use — something that ultimately had him discharged from the Navy Reserve.

“Lying on the form is a felony, though prosecutions for it are exceedingly rare,” Politico reported, adding that neither Hallie Biden nor Hunter’s lawyer provided a comment on the matter.

The Firearms Transaction Record is part of a routine background check for gun purchases from federally-licensed firearms dealers. Hunter Biden has documented his intense drug use in a new memoir that was released this week. At one point, he told an interviewer, he smoked parmesan cheese, mistaking it for crack cocaine.

President Biden, lamenting the cost of gun violence, spoke Thursday at the White House about the importance of making background checks stronger. He cited his other son, the late Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who pushed for “red flag” laws that would allow authorities to take away the guns of people who had been identified as mentally unstable.

“Hundreds of thousands of people have been denied guns because of background checks,” Biden said, stressing the need. He said that the “vast majority” of the American people and “responsible gun owners” supported stronger background checks.

He did not address the fact that his other son, Hunter Biden, faces questions about allegedly lying in his background check.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


White House: Joe Biden Not Waiting on Congress, Using DOJ to Put Forward Gun Control

On April 7, 2021, the White House released a fact sheet announcing that President Joe Biden will use  the Department of Justice (DOJ) to publish model red flag “legislation,” address AR-pistols with stabilizer braces, and issue a rule to “stop the proliferation of ‘ghost guns.’”

Breitbart News reported that Biden planned to put forward executive action on gun controls Thursday, and the fact sheet provides an outline detailing what those actions may entail.

According to the White House:

  • The Justice Department, within 60 days, will publish model “red flag” legislation for states.

  • The Justice Department, within 60 days, will issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.

  • The Justice Department, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.”

The White House notes that Biden will also have “five federal agencies [make] changes to 26 different programs to direct vital support to community violence intervention programs as quickly as possible.” The White House made clear the agencies are acting where Congress has not: “These changes mean we can start increasing investments in community violence interventions as we wait on Congress to appropriate additional funds.”

The White House explained that the DOJ will also begin “[issuing] an annual report on firearms trafficking.” One of the goals of the report will be to guide “policymakers” in crafting new regulations (and laws) to institute over time.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) pushed to recategorize AR-pistols with stabilizer braces in late 2020 then abandoned the effort amid public outcry.

On December 23, 2020, Breitbart News reported that the ATF withdrew their recategorization guidelines, but Biden’s push to have the DOJ refocus on AR-pistols appears to mean the recategorization push is receiving new life.

The purchase of AR-pistols categorized as “short-barreled rifles” could require being fingerprinted and photographed, as well as undergoing a background check, registering the firearm with the ATF, paying the federal government a $200 tax (on top of the price of the firearm), and waiting nine to ten months for the whole purchasing process to be completed. That is the standard process for other firearms and accessories under the purview of the National Firearms Act.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.


The Biden Admins Pretend Accomplishments Won’t Cover Up His Destruction of America

Biden tax hike

ABC News released a new poll on Joe Biden. The headlines will be about how much Americans love him on economic recovery and vaccines. Which makes sense. Giving people a $1,400 check will convince them Biden’s good on the economy as long as they don’t realize how much that $1,400 check is costing them.

Biden planning the largest tax hike in recent history

Biden created a crisis on the border that wasn’t there before. Even if you’re a leftist who thinks this country needs more illegal immigrants flooding the border, it’s hard to deny Biden screwed up here.

The gun control issue is more complicated because it depends on how people polled define “gun violence.” If I were polled? I’d look at the two incidents in question (Colorado and Atlanta). I’d add how Joe Biden wants to make it harder for me to defend myself.

Multiply that by the fact that Biden’s planning to chip away at gun rights via executive order. Then I’d come to the equation that when it comes to guns, President Biden can suck it. As many as 57% of Americans seem to agree.

It will be interesting to see which way the polls go as the White House attempts to provide solutions to either issue.

Even Democrats are turning on Sleepy Joe and his radical agenda

President Biden will outline his massive $3 to 4 trillion infrastructure plan Wednesday, which will create four tax increases worth around $1.8 trillion, the White House revealed.

The commander-in-chief’s “Build Back Better” proposal, a centerpiece of his post-COVID campaign message, will be split into two packages for Congress to pass.

The first, the White House said, will focus on infrastructure investments specifically.

The second will focus on funding domestic policy areas of Democratic concern, such as providing universal pre-kindergarten and tuition-free community college, as well as health care. Billions will also be put toward care for the elderly and disabled, as well as housing infrastructure and manufacturing.

As for how to pay for the plan, Biden’s main priority will be to raise the corporate rate from 21 percent to 28 percent. In addition, Biden’s proposal would impose a global minimum tax on profits from foreign organizations, increasing capital gains taxes, and raising individual rate of 39.6 percent for those making over $400,000.


Poll: 59% of Republicans Against Stricter Gun Control Laws

A Morning Consult poll released Wednesday shows 59 percent of Republicans are against stricter gun control laws, which is 13 percent more than in 2019.

After a handful of shootings, the Republicans’ stance opposing gun control hardens. The poll found that 59 percent of Republican voters oppose having stricter gun control laws in the United States. This is up 13 percent more than a poll conducted in August 2019 after the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Of those who oppose gun control, 37 percent strongly oppose the efforts, which is also up 13 percent from 2019.

“The new poll also shows that Americans are increasingly prioritizing Second Amendment rights over limits to gun ownership,” Morning Consult reported.

Morning Consult continued:

A 48 percent plurality of voters now say protecting the rights of Americans to own guns is more important than limiting gun ownership, up 5 points from the poll conducted after the El Paso and Dayton shootings, while the share who prioritize limiting gun ownership dropped from 47 percent to 43 percent during the same time.

The trendlines suggest an uphill climb for those seeking overhauls to gun laws in the United States, despite backing from nearly 7 in 10 registered voters overall. While the prospect of a compromise on Capitol Hill isn’t necessarily unfathomable, congressional Republicans tend to govern and message with an eye on their right flank, and backing a bill that is much more likely to be strongly opposed by GOP voters than it is to be strongly supported could make conservatives susceptible to a primary challenge.

The survey was taken from March 26-29 among 2,043 registered voters and has a two-point margin of error. The margin of error for Republican responses is four points.

Rasmussen Reports poll showed that 51 percent of likely voters do not believe stricter gun control would have prevented the March 22, 2021, shooting in Boulder, Colorado.

Breitbart News reported this week NRA memberships are surging as Americans across the country reject the Democrats’ efforts to restrict the Second Amendment via gun control.

Breitbart News spoke with the NRA’s Andrew Arulanandam on Sunday, and he indicated the civil rights organization has been “gaining 1,000 new members a day since January, from online signups alone.”