President Joe Biden went toe to toe with gun owners from the East Room of the White House on Wednesday afternoon. The president re-introduced his extreme gun control agenda and made it clear that he is advocating for a ban on modern sporting rifles.
He took a shot himself at gun owners who think they need weapons to eventually defend themselves against the federal government. The president told those gun owners that they would need F-15s and nuclear weapons.
“Those who say the blood of Patriots, you know, and all the stuff about how we’re gonna have to move against the government,” Biden said. “If you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons.”
President Biden then made a false claim when he announced that the Clinton era ban on modern sporting rifles, also known as the assault weapons ban, reduced crime.
There was a study done by the Department of Justice in 2004 from the University of Pennsylvania Center of Criminology that concluded the ban cannot be credited with a decrease in violence carried out with firearms. The report is titled “An Updated Assessment of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban: Impacts on Gun Markets and Gun Violence, 1994-2003.”
The summary of the study states: ”We cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence. And, indeed, there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence, based on indicators like the percentage of gun crimes resulting in death or the share of gunfire incidents resulting in injury.” It also says, “The ban’s impact on gun violence is likely to be small at best, and perhaps too small for reliable measurement. AWS [assault weapons] were used in no more than 8% of gun crimes even before the ban.”
Another study done by Quinnipiac University used data from 1980 to 2009 to suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. That study concluded, “It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level.”
Biden also falsely announced that cities with the highest crime rates, like Chicago, Baltimore and New York, don’t already have strict gun control laws, but that is not correct.
President Biden also took some shots at rogue gun dealers calling them “merchants of death.”
“We’ll find you and we will seek your license to sell guns,” Biden said in the State Dining Room of the White House.
Attorney General Merrick Garland opened for the president on Wednesday, outlining the plan’s details. Garland said that most federally licensed firearms dealers sell to those who passed background checks.
“But those dealers that willfully violate the law increase the risk that guns will fall into the wrong hands,” he said, characterizing part of the administration’s plan as a “concerted effort to crack down on gun traffickers.”
Closing gun control loopholes and cracking down on rogue dealers has long been a hot topic on both sides of the aisle. Both former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama pledged to reform the background check system.
The president had this to say to gun owners: “Talk to most responsible gun owners and hunters — they’ll tell you there’s no possible justification for having a hundred rounds in a magazine of a gun. What do you think? The deer are wearing kevlar vests?”
He added, “Folks, this shouldn’t be a red or blue issue. It’s an American issue. We’re not changing the Constitution. We’re enforcing it, being reasonable.”
Is the president being reasonable?