There are certain advantages to having a senile president, not the least of which is his tendency to unintentionally let the cat out of the bag.
President Joe Biden bumbled through a CNN “town hall” event last night, and along with his usual word salads, he appeared to voice support for a nationwide handgun ban.
“I’m the only guy that ever got passed legislation, when I was a senator, to make sure we eliminated assault weapons. The idea you need a weapon that can have the ability to fire 20, 30, 40, 50, 120 shots from that weapon, whether — whether it’s a .9 millimeter pistol or whether it’s a rifle, is ridiculous,” he said, adding: “I’m continuing to push to eliminate the sale of those things.”
It’s unclear whether by “those things” the president means rifles and pistols or magazines that hold “20, 30, 40…” rounds. Biden’s gun control plan does not express support for a handgun ban, but he does call for a ban on “high-capacity” magazines. Given that state-level “high-capacity” magazine bans outlaw anything that can hold more than 10 rounds, it seems likely that Biden would want the same ban nationally if given the chance.
Banning handguns outright would be a far riskier political move. Support for gun control in general has waned in the past year, and opposition to a handgun ban has grown steadily since the 1950’s. Last year, a full 74 percent of Americans opposed such a ban, while only 25 percent supported it, according to Gallup. That’s the second-highest opposition ever recorded since Gallup started asking the question in 1959.
Suggesting a handgun ban wasn’t the president’s only questionable gun-related comment. At the beginning of his comments on firearms, he made a distinction between “crime” and “gun violence” to argue that guns are to blame for the spike in murders over the last year.
“As you know, because you’re so involved, actually crime is down, gun violence and murder rates are up. Guns,” he said.
He also appeared to claim sole responsibility for the 1994 “assault weapons” ban.
“I’m the only guy that ever got passed legislation, when I was a senator, to make sure we eliminated assault weapons,” he said.
In reality, Biden was joined by 47 other senators in voting for the legislation, and three former presidents, including Ronald Reagan, voiced support for the ban to get it through Congress.
Biden also reiterated his commitment to going after gun dealers across America and made a vague reference go “ghost guns.”
“I’ve gotten ATF out, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. I have them increase their budget and increase their capacity, along with the Justice Department, to go after the gun shops that are not abiding by the law of doing background checks,” he said. “We’re going to do major investigations and shut those guys down and put some of them in jail for what they’re doing, selling these weapons.”
Biden also admitted (apparently unintentionally) that criminals almost always acquire their guns illegally.
“The people who, in fact, are using those weapons are acquiring them illegally. Illegally,” he said.
If Biden knows criminals acquire guns illegally, it’s unclear why he has spent so much of his career supporting gun control measures that only affect law-abiding citizens.
Not surprisingly, neither the attendees nor the moderator, Don Lemon, thought to ask about this clear contradiction. Even if they did, it’s unlikely Biden would be able to form a coherent response.
Crushing it pic.twitter.com/DI21CUSp7k— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 22, 2021