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Biden: The Second Amendment is useless because the government can crush you

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 1/18/2023 Brady Leonard
President Joe Biden speaks at the National Action Network's Martin Luther King, Jr., Day breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Washington. © Provided by Washington Examiner President Joe Biden speaks at the National Action Network's Martin Luther King, Jr., Day breakfast, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Washington.

President Joe Biden is once again pledging to ban “assault weapons.” In a speech at the National Action Network’s Annual MLK Day Breakfast, the president failed to define the term, as per usual, because there is no class of weapon that carries that distinction. Biden did, however, go back to his tried and true one-liner: “If you want to take on the federal government, you need some F-15s, you don’t need an AR-15.”

Ignoring the ominous nature of a sitting president threatening law-abiding citizens with the use of military force, the claim is dubious, at best, considering that we are a year and a half removed from the Biden administration surrendering Afghanistan to a group of goat herders carrying rifles similar to those owned by everyday Americans. Biden, who recently turned 80, surely can remember the United States taking a loss in the Vietnam War, against an adversary who did not exactly possess air superiority.

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The F-15s and AR-15s line is worn-out enough, but Biden also rolled out perhaps the worst, at least the most easily mocked, anti-gun trope in his arsenal: “Deer aren’t wearing Kevlar vests.” AR-15s are sometimes chambered in larger calibers like .300 Blackout, .450 Bushmaster, or .350 Legend, but the vast majority of AR platform rifles are chambered in .223 Remington/5.56 NATO. While legal in some states for big game hunting, the small, light .22 caliber cartridge is viewed by most hunters, myself included, as underpowered for use on medium-sized game like white-tailed deer. I’d personally go with a slightly larger bullet (.243/6mm or bigger) to ensure a quick, ethical kill. That is if you’re hunting normal game, not deer wearing bulletproof vests. For armored, battle-deer, the aught-six won two World Wars and should do the trick.

The president’s knowledge of firearms has always left a lot to be desired, from his terrible self-defense advice: “Just fire the shotgun through the door” (which would ruin your front door but not necessarily neutralize the threat posed by the presumably armed would-be intruder on the other side) to the ridiculous assertion that “a 9mm bullet blows the lungs out of the body.”

Silly, inaccurate mischaracterizations of guns might land with folks who have “vote blue no matter who” in their Twitter bios, but Biden will have to do a lot better than that if he wants the average gun owner, who values their Second Amendment rights and the safety of their families, to surrender their guns to the government. Luckily, with a GOP-led House of Representatives and a solid originalist SCOTUS majority, it is unlikely that Biden will ban anything anytime soon.

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Brady Leonard (@bradyleonard) is a musician, political strategist, and host of The No Gimmicks Podcast.

 

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