Biden Told Voters Second Amendment DOES NOT Protect Individual Right

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Joe Biden with a sign behind him telling a vert uncomfortable truth for the Democratic Presidential Candidate. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- During a September 2019 “town hall” hosted by New Hampshire ABC affiliate WMUR, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made clear that he does not believe the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms and that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was incorrect.

During the event, Biden was asked, “Do you agree with the D.C. v. Heller decision in regards to protecting the individual right to bear arms that are in common use and which are utilized for lawful purposes?”

Biden responded in part, “If I were on the court I wouldn’t have made the same ruling. OK, that’s number one.”

Later, the noted resume padder and law school plagiarist boasted,

And I taught for years Constitutional law and separation of powers, I taught the Second Amendment. And the Second Amendment is not absolute. And we can argue, the fundamental argument is well-regulated militia and all those things, I won’t get into that. I think that the fundamental argument is the reason that was given as a right because we needed to be able to muster people to deal with an enemy called Great Britain we were fighting in a war.

Aside from his denunciation of Heller and denial that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, Biden also displayed a fundamental misunderstanding of the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment was not “given as a right” by the U.S. Constitution. Rather, as the U.S. Supreme Court made clear in Heller, the Second Amendment protects a right that pre-existed the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Biden’s position on Heller and the Second Amendment is in line with that of his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

As District Attorney of San Francisco, Harris signed on to an amicus curiae brief in Heller that argued the Second Amendment does not protect an individual right to keep and bear arms.

Advocating against the individual right to keep and bear arms, the brief argued,

courts have consistently sustained criminal firearms laws against Second Amendment challenges by holding that, inter alia, (i) the Second Amendment provides only a militia-related right to bear arms, (ii) the Second Amendment does not apply to legislation passed by state or local governments,

According to the document, the Second Amendment does not protect an individual right, but rather, the lower court in Heller “create[d]” this right. The brief stated,

The lower court’s decision, however, creates a broad private right to possess any firearm that is a “lineal descendant” of a founding-era weapon and that is in “common use” with a “military application” today.

Biden’s position on the Second Amendment is also in alignment with recent versions of the Democratic Party Platform. The 2004, 2008, and 2012 editions of the party platform recognized that the Second Amendment protects an individual right. Such recognition of the Second Amendment was conspicuously absent from the 2016 and 2020 versions of the platform.

The Democratic presidential ticket’s rejection of the correct interpretation of the Second Amendment helps to explain the pair’s advocacy for blatantly unconstitutional gun control measures. Both Biden and Harris have called to ban and confiscate commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms. Biden has made clear that his desired ban would extend to arguably the most popular firearms in America – 9mm pistols. The Heller decision made clear that the Second Amendment protects the right to own firearms “in common use” for lawful purposes like self-defense.

It is hard to overemphasize the extremism of the Democratic presidential ticket’s position on the Second Amendment. A February 2008 USA Today/Gallup poll conducted prior to the Heller decision, asked those surveyed, “Do you believe the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights of Americans to own guns, or do you believe it only guarantees members of state militias such as National Guard units the right to own guns?”

The response was unambiguous; 73-percent responded that the Second Amendment guarantees the rights of Americans to own guns, while a mere 20-percent limited that right to state militia members.

A Quinnipiac University poll conducted shortly after the Heller decision, in July 2008, mirrored these results. This poll asked respondents, “Would you support or oppose amending the United States Constitution to ban individual gun ownership?”78-percent opposed such a measure, while only 17-percent were found to be in favor.

And in May 2009, CNN and ORC conducted a similar poll that asked “Which of the following comes closer to your interpretation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? In addition to addressing the need for citizen-militias, it was intended to give individual Americans the right to keep and bear arms for their own defense. It was only intended to preserve the existence of citizen-militias, and does not give individual Americans the right to keep and bear arms for their own defense.” Once again, the American public made their position clear; with 77-percent choosing “individual gun ownership” to 21-percent answering “only citizen-militias.”

Knowing that Biden’s true position on the Second Amendment is political poison, the Biden campaign and its surrogates have done their best to hide the candidate’s views.

In March, when a pro-gun Michigan autoworker accurately confronted Biden about the candidate’s attacks on the Second Amendment, a visibly defensive Biden responded that the worker was “full of s***.”Biden went on to falsely claim “I support the Second Amendment.”

More recently, longtime gun control activist John Rosenthal made the ludicrous claim that “a vote for Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress will…protect gun rights for law-abiding gun owners…” Rosenthal didn’t address how Biden will go about protecting a right that the candidate does not acknowledge exists.

The importance of Biden’s radical view of the Second Amendment cannot be overstated. The fate of the Second Amendment literally hangs in the balance of this election.


National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

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Dan
Dan
29 days ago

“I think that the fundamental argument is the reason that was given as a right because we needed to be able to muster people to deal with an enemy called Great Britain we were fighting in a war. ” Biden is confused as well. The Revolutionary War was OVER when the Bill of Rights was added. We were no longer “fighting in a war”. What an ID10T.

MS-Steve
MS-Steve
1 month ago

Joe: “Hey come on man, what do you need a military assault rifle with 100 clips for? You must be up to no good, fella, get with the program….. an Ruth, errrr, I mean, Beau whispered to me on his death bed, he didn’t want you to have one…. before the next election.
Mommy……. mommy………. is that you?”

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
1 month ago

You don’t have a right to be armed. You don’t have the right to defend yourself, your family, your friends, yourself etc. Funny thing, the British kept saying the same thing on the way to Lexington and Concord. Yup, gun control was the last straw. Funny thing how history repeats itself. Even Yamamoto himself knew better than to attack mainland America. He said;. “There would be a gun behind every blade of grass.”. He was correct. As armed as America was back in 1941, we are many, many times more so today. That is something that every attacking nation and… Read more »

Random71
Random71
1 month ago

Indeed, even the Soviets knew invasion ala Red Dawn would never work for those exact reasons. There are some items (arms and religion freedom) that will always be a final straw, from feudal Japan, to Lexington to today. There is always a threat to liberty when government operates in secret out of the public eye. Another thing we warned about by Jefferson. Unfortunately the nature of society is that it normally comes with some suppression of our birth right, our Natural Rights, by it’s very nature. It is up to us to decide when these chains are too heavy. Unfortunately… Read more »

Bob
Bob
1 month ago

To Joe Biden:

OK idiot. You tell your security detail that you don’t need them anymore, delete all other security details for everyone else in the country, take all guns from the crooks and take machetes and knives away from everyone and I will think about turning in my arms.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

Ok, I thought about it. NO.

Elisa Delaurenti
Elisa Delaurenti
1 month ago

Too many gun owning democrats have been afflicted with a bad case of the “yeahbuts” today. They simply refuse to see the threat for what it is, even when it’s glaring them right in the face. 

mike
mike
1 month ago

he dont get any i used to have,unless he can scuba. he`s a loser anyway TRUMP 2020

Tionico
Tionico
1 month ago

Biden is still breathing. That means he is still lying. this: we needed to be able to muster people to deal with an enemy called Great Britain we were fighting in a war. He knows naught of history. No, we were NOT fighting a war when that Second was drafted. We’d already WON the war, stupid. That Scond was birthed out of that war, as King George Three had ordered his Head Minion in the colonies to disarm them. Had he so managed, our forefathers realised we’d never have fougth that war, let alone won it. They thus realised the… Read more »

Get Out
Get Out
1 month ago

What’s truly amazing is Biden has racked up 50 years in politics and he still can’t interpret the 2nd Amendment or the rest of the U.S. Constitution or the BoR.

willyd
willyd
1 month ago
Reply to  Get Out

When did he ever teach anything he has spent all of his life in crooked politics, besides take his armed security away from him and see how that works out before taking ours away from us!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Everafter
Happy Everafter
1 month ago

If one believes the 2nd applies only to government sanctioned ‘militia’ – i.e. army or some sort of state/federal ‘guard’ – then one could say with a straight face they support the 2nd amendment.
You gotta think like these cretins to understand why they say what they say.

Vern
Vern
1 month ago

Deception is their number one guideline.

Chas
Chas
1 month ago

When and where did the Pop Sucker teach law???

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax
1 month ago
Reply to  Chas

Chas,
He attended Syracuse College of Law, and graduated…well managed to graduate, barely, 76th in a class of 85. He became an honorary professor at the University of Pennsylvania, but didn’t have scheduled classes and mainly showed up and smiled every now and then. “Teaching” would be a real stretch. They gave him $900,000, although where it went seems to be a mystery.

Last edited 1 month ago by Dave in Fairfax
MS-Steve
MS-Steve
1 month ago
Reply to  Chas

It was reported he taught at CornPop U…. a small shack behind the Boys bathrooms at a non-descript community pool. He was booted within a week for sniffing all da nappy hedz a bit too often.
He also enjoyed chasing fart bubbles to the surface, when taking his break while “life guarding”.

John
John
1 month ago

The Harris Biden ticket does not trust an armed citizenry simply stated. Why, because they are up to no good! Advocates for the 2nd should sound like a struck record with a meritorious argument. When arguing Rights, regardless whether you agree or not, the Courts have taken the position Rights are not absolute, thus the control crowd slices and dices away; death of the 2nd by a thousand cuts using dreamed up doctrines. The correct argument is restriction on government, period. “Shall not be infringed” is an absolute restriction; Chevron and/or strict scrutiny doctrines lack standing. The 2nd is not… Read more »

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
1 month ago
Reply to  John

The 2nd is not to be viewed as a Right but a Restriction upon the worst violator of Rights ever the government! That is why our founders wrote the bill of rights and the constitution. They came for our guns so they could control us. This is the new war within our own country. Kids being taught about the 1619 project and classes on how to overthrow a government is going to wash away who America really is and lets not forget all the training they get on a daily basis that guns are bad, bad guns, guns kill children… Read more »

Camotim
Camotim
1 month ago

Hiden can take that put it where the sun don’t shine.

gregs
gregs
1 month ago

the first 10 amendments to the Constitution are called the Bill of Rights not the bill of privilege’s. rights cannot be taken from you by another person or government. the sign above speaks volumes, ol sleepy joe has been protected by the same firearms that he and ,la don’t want us to possess. leftists are lying hypocrites and nothing more.

WI Patriot
WI Patriot
1 month ago

And yet again, biden steps on his dick…do they make a children’s version of the Constitution, one with BIG letters, and one syllable words that he can comprehend…???

Green Mtn. Boy
Green Mtn. Boy
1 month ago
Reply to  WI Patriot

Makes one wonder if Joe Braindead has ever accomplished anything without stepping on it or in it.
Even before he became braindead,he was always a plagiarizing buffoon and now he’s more than willing to be played by Marxist’s.

Vern
Vern
1 month ago
Reply to  Green Mtn. Boy

Joe isn’t being played by the marxists, he is one of them.

gregs
gregs
1 month ago
Reply to  WI Patriot

it wouldn’t help in his mental state.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
1 month ago
Reply to  gregs

Any “mental” factor regarding Joe Biden is… nonexistent.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
1 month ago
Reply to  WI Patriot

Don’t forget it has to be on a big illustration board for them to point at so they can understand what is being said since they have a hard time comprehending verbiage alone.