White House Press Secretary: Enough is enough… Time to Ban ‘Assault Weapons’

White House Press Secretary: Enough is enough... Time to Ban 'Assault Weapons'
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre (Photo: WhiteHouse.gov)

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is renewing the Biden administration’s call to ban so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines.”

Jean-Pierre made her case in a Tuesday statement on Whitehouse.gov.

“Over the last day and a half, more families across our country have been scarred by the devastating impacts of gun violence in America, including reports of a shooter today targeting two law enforcement officers from a rooftop in Newark, New Jersey. Last night in Houston, award-winning recording artist Kirsnick Khari Ball, also known as Takeoff, lost his life at 28 years old, and two others were injured,” she said.

“In Chicago, 14 were injured by gunfire – including three children – and one injured by a vehicle as she tried to flee last night. In Kansas City, six were injured and a teenager was killed at a Halloween party. These are only the shootings that made national headlines,” Jean-Pierre continued.

“Enough is enough. Gun violence in this country is an epidemic that will not end with thoughts and prayers alone. President Biden will continue to do everything in his power to reduce gun violence, including by calling on Congress to increase community violence intervention funding, ensure universal background checks, and send legislation to his desk banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. It’s past time we turn our pain into purpose,” she concluded.

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Banning modern sporting rifles would have a negligible effect on crime rates, particularly gun homicides.

It’s well documented that “personal weapons,” aka hands, fists, and feet kill more people each year in this country than all rifles combined (or rifles as an entire category), which of course includes the unfairly maligned AR-15.

Per FBI data, there were 455 rifle homicides in 2020 compared to 662 deaths from “personal weapons” in the context of the 17,813 reported homicides.    

While there is a category of gun homicides where the type of firearm is not recorded, which means the number of rifle homicides may indeed be slightly higher, the fact remains that rifles are used in a low percentage of annual homicides, and in less than 3 percent of total homicides in 2020.  

Given this data, it’s hard to see how even a total, confiscatory ban on ARs would make a difference, especially when one also considers that even most mass killers use handguns to perpetrate their attacks.

By the numbers, handguns were involved in 77 percent of mass shootings between 1982 and May 2022, according to statista.com.

White House Press Secretary: Enough is enough... Time to Ban 'Assault Weapons'
Data from 2019. (Infographic from Joslyn Law Firm.)

The Biden administration’s agenda, therefore, has nothing to do with stopping criminals and everything to do with disarming law-abiding citizens.

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  • Nick November 18, 2022, 10:34 am

    These proposed liberal gun bans have nothing to do with crime or safety. The liberals agenda is to end our republic and create an authoritarian state. This cannot be done without disarming the citizens first.
    Just look at the programs and laws the Biden administration is pushing non strengthen our nation, all of them force more people to depend on the federal government to live, or intice people to be loyal because of the handouts, like eliminating student loan debt. Everything points to an authoritarian state.

  • John Boutwell November 10, 2022, 1:24 pm

    Blacks are 13% of the population yet, they commit 40% of the crimes.

  • BE Davis Brown November 5, 2022, 1:00 am

    Just look at Canada, it looks like some of the provinces are not willing to go along with Trudeau’s gun ban and confiscation law and Trudeau’s approval rating is dropping. This is a good time for the left to look north, cause if it won’t work there it won’t work here.

  • Stan d. Upnow November 4, 2022, 8:10 pm

    “It can’t be bargained with, it can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity! Or remorse or fear and it absolutely will not stop!… ever… until you are dead!” -quote from The Terminator movie

    Kinda describes the Progressive-Socialists in pursuit of their agenda.

  • Stan d. Upnow November 4, 2022, 8:06 pm

    “Kringe” Jean-Pierre is a mindless puppet, just like the moron she fronts for.

  • Stan d. Upnow November 4, 2022, 7:55 pm

    For those out there that don’t “get it”———–

    The AR-15 looks like and is fairly similar to our military’s weapon. The Progressive-Socialist totalitarians, who have been trying mightily to cement their grip on power in perpetuity, are terrified that the people will reach a break-point as their destructive policies proceed. And what better weapon to have at your disposal than a “weapon of war” to start a rebellion, they think. Therefor, those guns, and any remotely like them, must be banned. They’ll use the phony guise of “public safety” as a smokescreen to hide their Real reason. Oh, and since the 2nd A. guarantees the right to possess such guns, it must go too! And while they’re at it, they’ll just burn the whole Constitution and be done with it.

  • M November 4, 2022, 11:53 am

    Infographic confusing.
    6K+ Handguns, but 3K+ Unknown Others? They don’t know? Really? Was there No Police Report? No Investigation? Seems confusing and Highly Unlikely.

    • Klint November 4, 2022, 3:55 pm

      She got the enough is enough part right. Time to stand up to people that try to go against the constitution and hold them accountable for treason.

  • Mike in a Truck November 4, 2022, 11:06 am

    Carry your ass back to Hati lezzy Karine “Vodoo Child” Jean Pierre.

  • William Kotila November 4, 2022, 8:26 am

    Time to preserve the American Republic and personal freedom… Ban Democrats.

    • krinkov545 November 4, 2022, 10:34 am

      Democrats and sodomite Biden press secretaries is why God had to creat hell.

  • James Miller November 4, 2022, 7:38 am

    So…did Cabbage Patch Kid give any indication how the criminals will be disarmed? It ain’t about crime, it is all about the ability of We The People to resist. Don’t ever give that up!

    • krinkov545 November 4, 2022, 10:35 am

      Dike version.

  • Jerry November 4, 2022, 7:16 am

    Every time a politician or its mouthpiece says assault rifles need to be banned they should be asked to explain exactly what an assault rifle is-and don’t let them get away with descriptions like “a weapon of war” (what’s a weapon of war, then?). Or “an ar-15” (what the definition of an automobile-“a chevy”)

  • Let's go Brandon, FJB November 4, 2022, 6:43 am

    The diversity hire press secretary says “enough is enough”. Right, it’s passed time that we deal w/ the tyranny from the left. Si Vis Pacem Parabellum. FJB.

  • Richard Wayne November 4, 2022, 6:11 am

    Let’s go Brandon!!!!!

    And F the press secretary!!!

  • Blue Dog (he/him) 🧢 November 3, 2022, 2:54 pm

    Oh, I am sorry. I thought we were worried about crime. I thought we wanted to make America a safer place. Gun safety should be a part of that conversation. I mean right now, concerned citizens are harassing and intimidating voters at drop boxes with assault weapons, or as you might know them, modern assaulting rifles. The guns themselves are tools to destabilise our democracy.

    • Redneck November 4, 2022, 9:17 am

      We all know your a troll. Your comments arr amusing at best.

    • Billy M November 4, 2022, 9:20 am

      Blue Dog, you still here? If you want to reduce gun violence, then get off the ‘ban assault weapons’ wagon. Most crime is committed by criminals using handguns. Guns are to protect our Republic from enemies both foreign and DOMESTIC! Also they are used to defend our families, friends, and ourselves from those in our society that choose to be criminals.

      • BR549 November 13, 2022, 8:33 pm

        Blue Dog and his historically and philosophically illiterate brethren will never understand the the 2nd Amendment also mitigated the extent to which a corrupt Congress could disenfranchise its citizens. If you want to start assessing blame for the increase in suicides, one need look no further than Congress and its goal of disenfranchising its own citizens from ever realizing the American Dream.

        The article is stupid, its assumptions are stupid, and that excuse for a press secretary no doubt got her position by pulling a Harris with the right people.

    • AK November 4, 2022, 10:48 am

      “Aww Demah-quissy!”

      Nancy, is that you?

    • Kane November 4, 2022, 12:20 pm

      Gun safety?

      Just wondering BD, where does your SCCY and 1911’s place on the pie chart?

      • Blue Dog (he/him) 🧢 November 4, 2022, 1:12 pm

        Hey Kane, great question. They don’t belong on the chart because none of my handguns have been used in homicides.

        Unless you refer to the type, like SCCY or 1911 as a model, then probably down in Cornwall in the blue wedge in the lower left.

    • Jay Smith November 4, 2022, 12:25 pm

      Sigh, you said , ” mordern assaulting rifles”. Seriously ?…. Plz blue troll , go away. You’re just exhausting.

      • Blue Dog (he/him) 🧢 November 4, 2022, 1:15 pm

        Yeah, modern assaulting rifle. It seems like this community insists on referring to assault weapons by the made-up acronym MSR. Assault weapon has a dictionary definition which does extend to and include semi-automaric rifles like AR-15s whereas MSR does not. I can understand where you might get confused if you don’t read the comments on this one specific blog.

        • D.J. November 4, 2022, 3:34 pm

          You’re a looney .

    • Stan d. Upnow November 4, 2022, 8:01 pm

      Your stupidity and regurgitated Leftist BS grows wearisome. STFU and find another site to haunt.

      • Blue Dog (he/him) November 5, 2022, 8:21 pm

        You’d miss me and you know it, Stan.

    • Retired Combat Vet November 6, 2022, 9:40 am

      Democrats are ‘Tools’ that destabilize our Republic.

    • Nick November 18, 2022, 10:19 am

      You meant to say ANTIFA and BLM armed with semi automatic rifles standing guard outside of sick liberal events like drag shows for children. Sorry but those aren’t concerned citizens, they are armed perverts hoping for a confrontation.
      By the way the term “assault weapon” was created by liberal gun grabbers and there’s no such thing. Blaming guns for crime is like blaming rats for garbage. The facts are that people kill people and until that’s addressed there’s no solution. Creating more laws servers what purpose? You are willing to kill which is a crime, what makes you think that a murderer is going to draw the line at illegal guns?

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