On the heels of three mass shootings in recent weeks, President Biden called it “sick” that so many firearms remain legal in the United States.
“The idea that we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased,” he told reporters last week, “is sick. It’s sick.”
He was then pressed by the same reporter about urging Congress to pass new gun laws during the lame-duck session. “I'm going to try,” Biden replied.
“What will you try to do?” the reporter pressed.
“I’m going to try,” the president answered, “to get rid of assault weapons.”
“Assault weapon” is a catch-all phrase for semi-automatic rifles such as the AR-15 and the AK-47, which are both modeled after military-issued automatic rifles. The AR-15 has emerged as the more popular and better selling of the two, so it has also emerged as Enemy No. 1 for Biden and gun-ban proponents who want to make those firearms illegal. That would also make legal gun owners, who number in the tens of millions, criminal felons by owning them.
If you believe his literal statement, Biden’s vow last week to ban “semi-automatic weapons” would mean Democrats are coming after everything from hunting rifles to pistols. That supposed mistake forced the White House to later clarify he was referring to “assault weapons” when he spoke. AFN has reported, however, that Biden said as a presidential candidate 9mm pistols should be banned, too.
“Why should we allow people to have military-style weapons,” he unhappily asked in 2019, “including pistols with 9mm bullets that can hold 10 or more rounds?”
"There's a relentless assault on the right of citizens to defend ourselves,” he told the radio program. “There's a relentless assault on the Constitution and a relentless assault on the Second Amendment.”
President Biden's comments last week came just four months after he signed a sweeping new gun bill during the summer. It passed with Republican support after lawmakers were pushed to take action after the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
But those new federal laws were predictably not enough. “I know there’s much more work to do, and I’m never going to give up," Biden said at the bill signing.
Much like Democrats seem to cite every natural disaster to warn about “climate change” and the end of humanity, Democrats are habitually accused of using tragic shootings to demand gun bans – and much more – on behalf of the victims.
“If the filibuster obstructs us, we will abolish it. If the Supreme Court objects, we will expand it,” Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) vowed at a heated committee hearing in July. “And we will not rest until we have taken weapons of war out of circulation in our communities.”
“Like it or not, we have a Constitution. We have a Second Amendment,” Rep. Good told the radio show. “And the Second Amendment, which is the guarantor, or the protector, of all other rights quite frankly, the Second Amendment says ‘shall not be infringed.’ And we should not have our rights as law-abiding citizens dependent upon the actions of those who break our laws."