In Today’s Issue 💬
- Two acquitted in the Whitmer kidnapping case and what it means
- Biden’s plan to trace “ghost guns” abolishes gun privacy
- Why did Elon Musk decide against joining Twitter’s board? (paid-only)
- Some headlines to keep you in the loop
Two acquitted in the Whitmer kidnapping case and what it means
Background: Several extremists faced charges for an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. We covered the details in this deep dive—early investigations showed that the FBI set them up. Democrats and Whitmer blamed Trump for the plot and used the story to damage him pre-elections.
Acquittal: Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta of Michigan were found not guilty of conspiring to kidnap Gov. Whitmer. The acquittal shows that the defense attorneys had successfully argued that the FBI entrapped the defendants.
Big picture: It’s clear that the bureau is a partisan weapon. While prior evidence of FBI wrongdoing came from independent journalism, this is the first directly from the Department of Justice.
Biden’s plan to trace “ghost guns” abolishes gun privacy
Background: Biden announced a nominee to lead the federal government in regulating “ghost guns.” Ghost guns are guns that can be assembled at home and don’t contain serial numbers, making them difficult for the federal government to track.
Why? According to Biden, ghost guns “are weapons of choice for many criminals. We're going to do everything we can to deprive them of that choice.” The administration believes new regulations on ghost guns will lower national homicide rates. The reality is different; ghost guns were used in less than one percent of homicides in the last five years. Tracking ghost guns will do little.
Gun privacy: Second Amendment advocates argue that mandating gun traceability abolishes gun privacy and constitutes a “search” of all private firearms, making them easier to seize. As with most regulations on the Second Amendment, restrictions will only impact law-abiding citizens.