‘You don’t need an AR-15’: A look at some of Biden’s most inaccurate remarks about guns and 2A supporters

‘You don’t need an AR-15’: A look at some of Biden’s most inaccurate remarks about guns and 2A supporters

President Biden’s tenure in the White House has been marked by a consistent tone surrounding the Second Amendment and guns, but time and time again the president has shown he may not know the real issue as he repeatedly insisted on banning “assaults”. weapons.”

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

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

The quote Biden is referring to dates back to 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 main author of the Declaration of Independence and the third American President.



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President Biden’s tenure in the White House has been marked by a consistent tone surrounding the Second Amendment and guns in America.
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Biden has previously declared gun rights advocates need a much larger arsenal of weapons to take on the federal government. In July 2021 he said, “You need to have weapons 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 incorrectly asserted that there had always been limits to the Second Amendment.



“The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited 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 declares. “The point is, there has always been the ability to limit – rationally limit – the type of weapon that can be possessed and who can possess it.”

These claims have been analyzed and found wrong when Biden has done them repeatedly over the past few years.

Federal gun regulations did not arrive until 1934, decades after the introduction of the Second Amendment, according to Politifact.

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

AR-15 cartridges on display at the offices of Scott Jackson, owner of Bay Area Firearms Instruction in Burlingame, California, September 22, 2016.

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

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

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 gun?” Biden asked rhetorically during his speech.

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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 study carried out in June by a retailer of hunting equipment Field and flow 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 Eargesplitten Loudenboomer.

The .220 Swift, according to Outdoor living magazine, is known as the “fastest commercial rifle cartridge” in the world and releases a 48-grain bullet at 4,100 feet per second. The .220 is not listed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) on its 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 guns are a tool of self-defense, Biden also asserted that “AR- 15 only tear the body”, which is also incorrect. . 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 quipped at the time. “You need something more than a gun.”

Biden’s remarks about certain firearms, as well as the right Americans have to own them, are not limited to his presidency, however. Before taking office – during a campaign stop in Iowa in September 2019 – Biden said it was “absolutely insane” that “we don’t have the elimination of assault-type weapons and magazines that can contain several balls”.

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

AR-15 rifles are displayed for sale at the Guntoberfest gun show in Oaks, Pennsylvania on October 6, 2017.
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Biden’s remarks at the time apparently dismissed the fact that the majority of modern firearms have magazines holding more than one bullet, including the AR-15, which holds 30 rounds in a standard magazine.

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Since taking office, Biden has urged Congress to pass measures related to gun control.

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

Led by Sens. 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 flag laws, who might keep weapons away from people who pose a danger to themselves or others.

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

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