President Joe Biden, who once promised to “unite the country,” has gone on the offensive against gun owners – calling Americans who own AR-15 rifles “sick individuals.”
“What in God’s name do you need an assault weapon for except to kill someone?” he asked during a recent speech reacting to the school shooting in Texas.
The president repeated a foolish argument that owners of “assault” weapons like an AR-15 did not need them for hunting unless the deer were wearing “Kevlar” body armor. “It’s just sick,” Biden concluded.
Biden has a well-documented history of attacking owners of AR-15s for purchasing that kind of rifle.
“[N]o one needs an AR-15. Something designed for no other purpose. None. Other than to kill human beings,” he said at a campaign event in February 2020 in Las Vegas.
“There’s no other rationale for its existence,” he continued. “And to kill them as quickly and as brutally as possible.”
Back in 2013 Biden also suggested that Americans concerned with self-defense should just “buy a shotgun” instead of a semi-automatic rifle.
“If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun,” he said during an online town hall meeting on guns with Parent’s Magazine.
Biden spoke about his advice to his wife Jill Biden about firing “two blasts outside the house” to scare away potential criminals.
“You don’t need an AR-15. It’s harder to aim. It’s harder to use and in fact you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself,” he said. “Buy a shotgun.”
As president, Biden has pushed the idea of banning any weapon carrying more than ten rounds. ”The idea anybody needs, for a pistol and/or a rifle — anyone needs 10, 12, 20, 30, 100 rounds in a rifle it just makes no sense at all. Zero,” he said in August 2021.
During the recent ceremony for the signing of an executive order on policing, Biden claimed an “assault weapon” ban has “no negative impact on the Second Amendment.”
“We must ask, when in God’s name will we do what needs to be done to, if not completely stop, [at least] fundamentally change the amount of carnage that goes on in this country.”
He said, “To state the obvious…I’m sick and tired of what’s going on and continues to go on.”
Biden then reflected on his time “working for common sense gun reforms” as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and as Vice President.
After admitting that the gun controls would not stop every attack, he made the claim that the controls have “no negative impact on the Second Amendment.”
He suggested, “The Second Amendment is not absolute,” then alluded to the federal “assault weapon” ban by saying, “These actions were taken before, and they saved lives, and they can do it again.”