Joe Biden has said some dumb things over the years with respect to guns and the Second Amendment.
If you’ve been keeping track, you know he has told folks that ARs are “harder to use” and “harder to aim” than shotguns.
He has also advised homeowners who feel threatened by a potential invader to empty their double-barreled shotgun into the air, “fire two blasts outside the house.”
Cops should shoot knife-wielding attackers “in the leg,” as opposed to center mass, according to Uncle Joe.
And, part of the reason why one should support a ban on “assault weapons” is because cannons were “outlawed” during the Revolutionary War.
None of that is true or accurate or sound advice, as you all know.
Wednesday night before a limited, joint session of Congress, Biden continued his trend of putting his foot in his mouth.
“In the 90s we passed universal background checks. A ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that hold a hundred rounds…that can be fired off in seconds. We beat the NRA. Mass shootings and gun violence declined. Check out the report over ten years.”
That sounds plausible but the problem is it’s not true.
If you check the actual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, as our friends over at the NSSF did, what you’ll realize is that the Clinton-Era ban on so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines” — “did not reduce crime rates,” per the analysts.
When that ban expired in 2004, violent crime and the homicide rate, which had already been on the decline, continued to decline while at the same time ownership of Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) skyrocketed.
Today there are more than 20 million MSRs in circulation, as the NSSF notes, and with the exception of the pandemic year of 2020, crime rates have been at historic lows. Despite what Biden would have you believe, the country became safer as the sale of AR-15s and other black rifles spiked.
Another inane rhetorical ploy Biden tried was to frame the right to keep and bear arms in the context of hunting.
“Talk to most responsible gun owners, most hunters — they’ll tell you there’s no possible justification for having 100 rounds — 100 bullets — in a weapon,” he said. “What do you think deer are wearing kevlar vests?”
While the 2A protects the rights of hunters that wasn’t why the Founders and Framers included it in the Constitution, as you all know. The 2A was enshrined because it’s a safeguard against tyranny.
What Biden and his gun-grabbing minions don’t understand or refuse to consider is that ARs with drum mags are kryptonite to despots and dictators. Sure, whitetail deer don’t don Kevlar vests, but jackbooted thugs, working under the auspices of Big Brother, do. And that’s precisely why we need ‘em.
Biden ended his pitch for gun control with this little ditty, “No amendment to the Constitution is absolute… We’re not changing the Constitution, we’re being reasonable.”
Right. Because the reasonable thing to do is to strip people of their right to keep and bear arms when we’re living in an age characterized by a global pandemic, widespread civil unrest, calls to defund local law enforcements, mass surveillance, endless money printing, and central planners who believe the future is one in which you will own nothing and you’ll be happy it.