When Joe Biden told his Rose Garden audience Monday, “This is going to sound bizarre. I support the Second Amendment,” apparently everyone on the gun rights community agreed it was “bizarre,” because he reiterated calls for universal background checks and a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and repeal of a federal law protecting the gun industry from junk lawsuits.
After going down the checklist, the president repeated the discredited claim that, “From the very beginning, the second amendment didn’t say you could own any gun you want and big as you want. You couldn’t buy a cannon when in fact the second amendment passed. And certain people from the very beginning weren’t allowed to purchase guns.
“Look,” Biden added, “this should be just the start.”
At Fox News, a segment of “The Five” was devoted to Biden’s announcement. There are already hints of a possible legal challenge.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms issued a public call for the president to “Stop repeating lies about the Second Amendment.”
“Every time Joe Biden repeats this canard,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “he reinforces the notion that he is a habitual, pathological liar. Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler last year publicly corrected this falsehood, noting it wasn’t the first time he had been fact-checked on the claim. By now, anybody else would have learned to keep his mouth shut, but Biden evidently just can’t let go of a good fib.”
Gottlieb recalled the Washington Post contacted Second Amendment historian David Kopel at the Independence Institute. Kopel told the newspaper at the time, “There were no federal laws about the type of gun you could own, and no states limited the kind of gun you could own.” This included private ownership of cannons, CCRKBA noted.
During The Five segment, panelist Judge Jeanine Pirro was blunt about how the gun control agenda has never been about going after criminals, only firearms.
“This is the problem with the Democrats,” Pirro said. “They make it about the weapon, they don’t make it about the person.”
This echoes what the National Rifle Association said about Biden’s plan Monday, which was reported by Liberty Park Press.
“However, today, the president unveils yet another hollow plan that will not stop this violence,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said. “His gun control actions will undoubtedly hearten his wealthy gun control supporters. But, this action sends the wrong message to violent criminals, because this ‘ban’ will not affect them. These violent crime sprees will continue unabated until they are arrested, prosecuted and punished.”
Underscoring those words, Tuesday morning saw a lone gunman open fire in a crowded New York subway station, leaving 16 people injured. At this writing, the suspect was still on the loose. CNN reported there was no known motive for the attack, which apparently began when the suspect ignited a teargas canister. The suspect had donned a gas mask, according to several reports, and was able to get away.
New York has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, including a restrictive carry permit law now being challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court.