Pants On Fire: Biden’s Bogus Gun Control Claim Up in Smoke

Joe Biden has been caught in another canard about guns. (Screen snip, Biden-Harris campaign.)

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- When Joe Biden declared during his address to Congress and the country—as quoted by The Hill—that, “We need a ban on assault weapons and high capacity again. Don’t tell me it can’t be done. We did it before and it worked,” he evidently didn’t count on people listening who knew better.

One of those people was the National Review’s David Harsanyi, and he quickly blew the whistle on Biden’s prevarication.

“Biden is insinuating that once the Federal Assault Weapons Ban sunsetted in 2004,” Harsanyi writes, “gun violence skyrocketed. It simply wasn’t so. The rate of gun homicide continued falling for more than a decade after the ban ended, even though gun ownership exploded.”

At approximately 56 minutes and 40 seconds into his speech, Biden also repeated the canard—off script according to the official White House transcript—“From the very beginning, there were certain guns, weapons that could not be owned by Americans.”

However, as far back as June 30 of last year, Politifact was calling Biden out on this assertion. Several historians and even the Biden campaign were contacted. Here’s what Politifact wrote at the time: “The campaign was unable to come up with an example of a law banning private ownership of cannons, and historians of the period doubt that any existed. To the contrary, there are documented instances of privateers, or privately owned vessels, setting sail with cannons during the period.”

“We rate the statement False.”

Biden’s assertion that he does not want to “become confrontational” is a head-shaker because it is precisely what he is doing by calling for a ban on an entire class of firearms which, incidentally, are routinely mischaracterized as “weapons of war.” The so-called “assault weapons” he wants banned are semiautomatic modern sporting rifles and they are the most popular long gun in America today. Millions of them are privately owned, meaning they are “in common use,” by people who have harmed nobody, or the crime statistics would show it.

Check any FBI Uniform Crime Report over the past several years and one thing immediately becomes clear. Rifles of any kind—including semi-autos—are used in a fraction of all homicides. More people are murdered in any given year with knives or blunt instruments than with rifles, according to the data. One might ask, why is Biden so insistent on a ban?

Perhaps the answer is found in an April 4, 1996, Washington Post column authored by the late Charles Krauthammer.

“Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic — purely symbolic — move in that direction,” he observed. “Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation.”

Another point Harsanyi makes in his National Review article is that during the period when homicides were declining, gun ownership soared.

This is hardly the first time Biden has been caught in a fib about firearms. Earlier this month, he earned two “Pinocchios” from Washington Post Fact-Checker Glenn Kessler, which was also reported by AmmoLand News.

The push may be on in Biden’s administration to enact more gun control laws because of the Supreme Court’s announcement it will review a challenge to New York’s carry permit law. The anti-gun community is fearful of a floodgate opening on Second Amendment cases with a presumably conservative majority ready to eradicate restrictive gun control laws. This is one reason Capitol Hill liberals have been talking about packing the Supreme Court.

Some states are already acting in response to Biden’s executive actions on guns. In Idaho, a House panel earlier this week “approved legislation intended to head off a half-dozen executive actions from President Joe Biden,” the East Idaho News reported. The state passed legislation back in 2014 preventing enforcement of federal actions “that infringe upon Second Amendment rights,” the newspaper said.

This new legislation would prevent enforcement of Biden’s executive actions, and it has already been passed by the State Senate.

The president can make any claim he wishes about not being confrontational, but clearly the “confrontation” has already started, and he’s not going to help the issue by repeating falsehoods.

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About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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RJL
RJL
13 days ago

Since criminal politicians refuse to look at history, which can be at the present our greatest teacher, it is very clear that gun banners know exactly what they are attempting to do -– put the Second Amendment in the crosshairs. Looking back, who has committed murder in the largest degree? Dictators Adolf Hilter, Mao Tze Tung, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, etc. Time and time again it has been a corrupt government who is responsible for the mass murder of their own people under the deceptive guise of “gun control,” all of which the said dictators implemented. Keep in… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
13 days ago

I think this says it all:

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KK
KK
13 days ago

The New Democrat Nazi Party does not want to be “confrontational” in forcing their agenda to transform a free Constitutional Republic into a totalitarian state . . . they just just insist that everyone agree with them and “go along with the program” . . . happily.

MSG L
MSG L
14 days ago

I think joe believes his own lies. He will be gone soon and camela will be worse.

RoyD
RoyD
14 days ago
Reply to  MSG L

She will dance to the puppet master’s direction just like Pedo Joe.

Vern
Vern
14 days ago

Those on the left have lied so much they can only believe the lies they tell as being the truth. That is having a reprobate mind as the scripture calls it.

MS-Steve
MS-Steve
14 days ago

The caption for the picture at the top:
“HEY, ya caught me in another lie, big deal…. Zippity do da, I’m the freakin’ President now. Least that’s what someone told me.
Come ON, MAN…. I’ve been lyin’ for YEARS, it’s my thing….. You just now catchin’ on?
Hey, haven’t we met before…… doesn’t your daughter use Prell® shampoo?”

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
15 days ago

There are certain guns, weapons that could not be owned by Californians. Last time I checked, they are Americans too.

Neanderthal75
Neanderthal75
14 days ago
Reply to  MICHAEL J

That’s from the state one of you, not the Federal Constitution, nor is it accurate historically. Most people obey laws most of the time because they are voluntarily willing to obey laws, so that’s civil society may proceed in a stable manner. However, when even the average Joe or Josephine cease that the federal government, the state government, and or the county government, are no longer governing by the rule of law, most folks Stop believing in the rule of law inconsequentially will no longer obey the law. This is how civil war starts. Cheers from the oil patch in… Read more »

Happy Everafter
Happy Everafter
15 days ago

He’s the puppet. Can’t really fault the guy, he has no idea what the words he parrots even mean.
But I see Pel-AOC each with a bit of a grin…
I still can’t believe they voted for a senile old hair-smeller….

swmft
swmft
15 days ago

the laugh about the cannons there was a retired general in mashapee mass that had a civil war cannon and a howitzer on either side of his flagpole on the 4th of July and armistice day he would fire one or the other ,dont know if they were live rounds or not both faced the water

Sushihunter
Sushihunter
15 days ago

Joe Biden Cheated

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hippybiker
hippybiker
15 days ago

How can you tell “Ukrainian Joe” is lying? His D**ck Sucker is moving!

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
13 days ago
Reply to  hippybiker

LOL!

Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull
15 days ago

Clown show Joe Boden has made a career of deception and lying what’s new ? He can try to threaten gun owners with violence we are not afraid of him or his goons . Bring it on clown show let’s get the shit show started so your cowardice ass can go back to hiding in your basement you POS .

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
13 days ago

POS psychopathic control freak!

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grim reaper
grim reaper
15 days ago

Let him go ahead and ban assault rifles, cause the only one that have them are the military and the police

grim reaper
grim reaper
15 days ago
Reply to  grim reaper

Though i’ll keep my (MDS) modern day sporting rifles

Finnky
Finnky
13 days ago
Reply to  grim reaper

Meanwhile I will hang onto my light-duty general-purpose rifle (in 223).

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
13 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

Meanwhile….

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jrkmt1
jrkmt1
14 days ago
Reply to  grim reaper

It is a common misconception by many people that private citizens cannot own select-fire rifles (assault rifles), submachine guns, and full automatic machine guns. That is simply not true. They are highly restricted by the 1934 National Firearms Act and heavily regulated by the BATFE. The only full auto firearms that are illegal for private ownership, and that includes assault rifles, are those manufactured after May 1986, when the Firearm Owner’s Protection Act went into effect. Very few local police departments have full automatic firearms in their inventories. Some state LEO agencies do and most (but not all) federal law… Read more »

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
14 days ago
Reply to  jrkmt1

: One slight correction; “those manufactured BEFORE May 1986”, and have been registered according to the exception date.

Finnky
Finnky
13 days ago
Reply to  jrkmt1

Number of NFA registered machine guns keeps going up. Only way it can go up is by LEO acquiring new firearms. Looking at historic count chart, looks to me like LEO has 250k – 500k. Hardly qualifies as “very few” given that there are roughly 800k LEO in the country (counting local, state & almost fed agencies). Judging by how often Hollywood depicts LEO use of full auto, they are prepping us to be overrun by bloodthirsty paramilitary LEO. Given claim (by grabbers) that the only purpose of automatic weapons is to indiscriminately kill as many people as possible, in… Read more »

RoyD
RoyD
13 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

A small note. It does not have to be “full auto.” Firearms with “Tri-burst” are also in the same classification.

Last edited 13 days ago by RoyD
APG member
APG member
14 days ago
Reply to  grim reaper

“Let him go ahead and ban assault rifles”: You don’t enjoy fullauto range time so you throw those shooters under the buss! You probably imagine you are pro 2A!!!!!

Finnky
Finnky
13 days ago
Reply to  APG member

Sorry I can only give you one thumbs up.

I don’t have one, don’t particularly want one, don’t need one, and couldn’t afford to feed one. However I do NEED the RIGHT to have and use one.

Wouldn’t whine if a friend let me shoot his G18 some time though…

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
13 days ago
Reply to  grim reaper

And if they try to enforce them those will end up in the hands of the people who should have been able to have them WITHOUT restrictions just as it was BEFORE the “National Firearms Act.”

Winchester1873
Winchester1873
15 days ago

Biden is a senile old fool. He has been useless his entire life.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
15 days ago

That waste-of-human-skin excuse for an elected official has lied so often and so egregiously that his nose now circles the earth at the equator.

Phil in TX
Phil in TX
15 days ago
Reply to  JoeUSooner

That is a gross understatement!

Phil in TX