A look at some of Biden’s most inaccurate remarks about guns and 2A supporters

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President Biden’s tenure in the White House has been marked by a consistent tone around the Second Amendment and guns, but time and time again the president has shown that he may not know the real issue as he repeatedly pushed to ban “attacks ”. weapons.”

Biden’s latest comments, aimed at ardent supporters of the Second Amendment and some guns, came last week during a speech at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast from the National Action Network in Washington, where he appeared to be poking fun at his conservative colleagues.

“I like my right-wing friends who say the liberty tree is the blood water of patriots,” he said. “If you want to take on the FBI, you need F-15s. You don’t need AR-15s.”

The quote Biden refers to dates from Thomas Jefferson, who wrote in a letter: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Jefferson was the lead author of the Declaration of Independence and the third US president.


President Biden’s tenure in the White House has been marked by a consistent tone around the Second Amendment and guns in America.
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Biden has previously declared proponents of gun rights need a much larger arsenal of weapons to take on the federal government. In July 2021, he said, “You need guns to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe nuclear weapons” during a speech at the White House outlining his plan to fight back. against armed violence.

In the same speech, he also falsely claimed that there were always limits to the Second Amendment.

“The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, restricted the type of people who could own a gun and the type of gun you could own. You couldn’t buy a gun,’ he said. he explains. “The point is that there has always been the ability to limit — rationally limit — the type of weapon that can be owned and who can own it.”

These claims have been analyzed and found wrong while Biden has done them repeatedly in recent years.

Federal gun regulations didn’t come until 1934, decades after the introduction of the Second Amendment, according to Politifact.

Last November, after the 2022 midterm elections, Biden said that “the idea that we are still allowing the purchase of semi-automatic weapons is sick” and stressed that the purchase of certain firearms “has no socially redeeming value.”

AR-15 cartridges on display at the offices of Bay Area Firearms Instruction owner Scott Jackson in Burlingame, California, September 22, 2016.
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Semi-automatic weapons, including handguns and rifles, fire a round with each press of the trigger.

Last August, at a campaign-style event in Pennsylvania, Biden also offered a variety of gun-related blunders to promote his “Safer America” ​​agenda, which focuses on deterring crime, helping law enforcement and tougher gun laws, while turning the backdrop widened. . controls.

During the speech, Biden made a statement about the velocity of AR-15 bullets. “Do you realize that the bullet from an AR-15 travels five times faster than a bullet fired from any other weapon?” Biden asked rhetorically during his speech.


It’s unclear what the president was referring to, but AR-15s generally don’t fire the fastest bullets.

President Biden speaks at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on August 30, 2022.

President Biden speaks at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on August 30, 2022.
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A survey conducted in June by a hunting equipment retailer Field and stream looked at the fastest rifle cartridges – and AR-15 cartridges were not on their list. Field & Stream listed .220 Swift, .257 Weatherby Magnum and .30/378 Weatherby as the fastest rounds, along with 224 Clark and .22 Earsplit Loudenboomer.

Known as the “fastest commercial rifle cartridge” in the world, according to Outdoor Life magazine, the .220 Swift releases a 48-grain bullet at a velocity of 4100 feet per second. The .220 is not on the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) handy list as one of the cartridges that can be used in an AR-15.

The .223 and 5.56—two popular high-velocity AR-15 rounds—travel between 2,700 and 3,100 feet per second.

During the same speech from Pennsylvania, in which Biden ridiculed Second Amendment supporters and sarcastically called them “brave” for believing that guns are a tool for self-defense, Biden also claimed that “AR-15 only shreds the body,” which is also false. is . . The damage of a shot depends on the type of bullets used.

“For those brave right-wing Americans who say it’s about keeping America independent and safe, if you want to fight the country, you need an F-15,” Biden joked at the time. “You need more than a gun.”

However, Biden’s comments about certain firearms, as well as Americans’ right to own them, are not limited to his presidency. Before taking office – during a campaign stop in Iowa in September 2019 – Biden said it was “absolutely insane” that “we don’t have assault weapons and magazines that can hold multiple balls.”

AR-15 rifles go on sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Pennsylvania on October 6, 2017.

AR-15 rifles go on sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Pennsylvania on October 6, 2017.
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Biden’s comments at the time apparently dismissed the fact that most modern firearms have magazines that hold more than one round, including the AR-15, which holds 30 rounds in a standard magazine.


Since taking office, Biden has urged Congress to take action regarding gun control.

Last June, after approval from the Democratic-controlled House and Senate, Biden signed into law the most important gun control bill in nearly 30 years.

Spearheaded by Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, the measure came in the wake of recent mass shootings at the time and provides funding for states to create programs, often referred to as red flags. laws, which could keep guns away from people who pose a danger to themselves or others.

In addition, the measure improves background checks for gun buyers under 21, adds penalties for certain gun criminals, and funds a variety of health and mental health programs. It also discusses closing the so-called “boyfriend loophole,” which is a loophole in federal law that means domestic abusers can be stripped of gun rights, but not singles.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and Jessica Chasmar, along with Haris Alic and Andrea Vacchiano, contributed to this article.

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