Biden Shooting his Mouth Off on Cannons, History, Facts and All That Stuff

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U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Professional “fact-checkers” at the Washington Post and elsewhere aren’t notable for their pro-gun bias. In the past, for example, these propagandists have condemned as incorrect claims that Hillary Clinton doesn’t believe in the right to keep a gun at home for self-defense, and that Joe Biden supports gun confiscation while using the same framework of politically desirable reality to uphold bogus gun control talking points – for instance, Biden’s statements that no background checks are required for firearm purchases at gun shows, that gun manufacturers are the only entities “exempt from being sued,” and that the Clinton assault weapon ban law was effective.

Occasionally, though, there is a glimmer of veracity among the dross, as happened last week when both the Washington Post and Politifact rated President Biden’s statements of June 23 as unconditionally “false.”

The statements were made during a briefing with Attorney General Merrick Garland on a “Gun Crime Prevention Strategy,” where Biden once again shared his thoughts on gun control and crime with the American people. Besides his now-standard demands for bans on “assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,” his disjointed remarks (from the official transcript) included the following:

… The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited the type of people who could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own. You couldn’t buy a cannon…. Those who say the blood of lib- — “the blood of patriots,” you know, and all the stuff about how we’re going to have to move against the government. Well, the tree of liberty is not watered with the blood of patriots. What’s happened is that there have never been — if you wanted or if you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons.

Biden was repeating a variation of a campaign statement he made last year – that private citizens “weren’t allowed to own a cannon during the Revolutionary War” – which had already been debunked as “false.” Questioned more closely about the reference at that time, Biden’s 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.” Firearms historian Logan Metesh notes that not only could a private citizen buy a cannon during the Revolutionary era, but it is also still legal to purchase the same type of cannon today.

Glenn Kessler, the Post’s fact-checker, reviewed Biden’s latest claim and awarded it a four “Pinocchio” rating, exceeding President Obama’s previous three-Pinocchio record for inaccurate gun claims. Four is the highest possible on the mendacity meter and is reserved for “whoppers,” above and beyond statements with “significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions…”

“Now Biden has moved the cannon metaphor to some 20 years after the Revolutionary War — and it’s still wrong,” writes Kessler. Moreover, Biden’s interpretation “especially mischaracterized” the Second Amendment. David Kopel, the research director and Second Amendment project director at the Independence Institute, was equally blunt: “[e]verything in that statement is wrong.”

In the same vein, in an article titled “Joe Biden gets history wrong on the Second Amendment limiting gun ownership,” the checkers at Politifact concluded that Biden’s remarks completely misrepresented the scope and meaning of the Second Amendment. The purpose of the amendment, then as now, is to protect the rights of citizens, not limit them. For instance, under legal tests to determine the validity of government restrictions, the onus is on the government, not the individual, to show that the restriction is constitutional.

Further undermining Biden’s assertion that the “Second Amendment, from the day it was passed” regulated both the arms that could be possessed and who could possess them, Nicholas Johnson, a law professor quoted in the article, observes that the “first federal gun control law does not appear until the 20th century.” Even so, as firearms law expert Stephen Halbrook points out elsewhere, the U.S. Supreme Court in the Heller case ruled that the “test for determining what the Second Amendment protects is what arms are chosen by the populace for self-defense and other lawful purposes, not what arms the government allows its subjects to have.”

There are other “whoppers” made by the president on June 23 that weren’t challenged by the fact-checkers. Also unexamined was a reference that echoed the bombast of a fellow gun-grabber who had invoked the possibility of using nuclear weapons against Americans. Back in 2018, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) warned gun owners that any fight over the Second Amendment and firearms would be “a short one” because the federal government has nuclear weapons. Like Swalwell, Biden has advocated the confiscation of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms; unlike Swalwell, Biden does presumably have access to the launch codes for America’s nuclear weapons.

According to both fact-check sources, the White House was contacted for clarification or an explanation of Biden’s remarks, but to no avail. By now, Biden’s outsized “gift for gaffes” will likely be blamed for his supposedly well-meant but fallacious forays way off the script.

However, Joe Biden is no political neophyte and he holds a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law. He isn’t just cherry-picking facts that support his political narrative; he is fabricating his “facts” entirely as he goes along. What’s more, he made his statements accompanied (and uncorrected) by the U.S. Attorney General, Merrick Garland, who served as a circuit judge on a federal appellate court for almost a quarter century.

For the folks inclined to dismiss this as just another one of Biden’s recurrent verbal blunders, Kessler offers this important consideration: “Every U.S. president has a responsibility to get American history correct, especially when he’s using a supposed history lesson in service of a political objective. The president’s push for more gun restrictions is an important part of his political platform, so he undercuts his cause when he cites faux facts.”

The next time the Biden Administration pushes further restrictions on the constitutional rights of Americans, voters are well-advised to do some fact-checking of their own.


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hoss
hoss
22 days ago

Biden is a buffoon, and I believe the only reason he tapped the hol for VP is so he would not be assassinated. Think about it, who in their right mind would want that puta to be in charge of the nation.
IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN?

Arizona
Arizona
21 days ago
Reply to  hoss

He is just copying Obama bin Laden’s plan. They both chose idiots as VP.

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
21 days ago
Reply to  Arizona

Obama was far from the first to do that. Bush 1 appointed Dan Quayle. Bush learned from the mistake Kennedy made. The mistake JFK made was to appoint a highly competent, albeit corrupt, Vice President Johnson. Johnson ran the House of Representatives like Al Capone. Obviously, Pelosi copied his best moves in 2007.

CommonSense4America
CommonSense4America
19 days ago

As VP, LBJ sits as the head of the Senate,,,NOT as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
19 days ago

LBJ sits in his grave. I should have said he ran the SENATE like Al Capone. Before he was appointed the VP or President he was House Representative from April 10, 1937, to January 3, 1949 when he became a Senator. In the 1954 election, Johnson was re-elected to the Senate and, since the Democrats won the majority in the Senate, then became majority leader. Robert Baker claimed that Johnson would occasionally send senators on NATO trips to avoid their dissenting votes. I said, “Obviously, Pelosi copied his best moves in 2007.” That was my point. But, then, I retired in… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico
20 days ago
Reply to  Arizona

Nice shot!!! Tenring

Oldvet
Oldvet
20 days ago
Reply to  hoss

Besides she would be working under him , a position she was know for .

PMinFl
PMinFl
22 days ago

Bidens handlers know that he doesn’t have to be factual, after all who is going to call him out on his lies? We all recognise the fact that the Resident is immune from criticism by the press/ MSM.

UncAl
UncAl
22 days ago

Obama’s “fingered puppet” needs to go take a long NAP!

American Cynic
American Cynic
22 days ago

Someone needs to remind this dumb-ass President that after 20 years in Afghanistan, we’re leaving with our tail between our legs, having accomplished nothing. That the Russians were basically ejected from Afghanistan with much the same result. They wore us out, those turbin wearing dudes with RPGs and AK47s. We don’t need F15s or missiles to turn America into rubble.

macdog
macdog
21 days ago
Reply to  American Cynic

China (friends of Joe and the NBA) is knocking on the taliban door. We just gave them Bagram as a foot hold.

Joe and company are going to be knocking on your door to make sure you are vaccinated and take your “assault weapons” (without definition for same). And where is the NRA and Wayne; buying Wayne more suits.

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
21 days ago
Reply to  American Cynic

Biden thinks he could win a civil war. EVERYONE lost the last one, but the Union lost 75,000 more lives than the Confederacy. The Union had more guns and ammo. We stalemated in the Korean Civil War. We lost in the Vietnam Civil War. The world, then, just watched on. In a native civil war, the Marxists and Muhammadans will wait until we self-destructed like we did under Lincoln before sweeping in to conquer and divide the spoils.

JPM
JPM
22 days ago

It’s a waste of time to point out and elaborate on the flaws in Biden’s statements. He’s senile and anything he says without a teleprompter or note card, if it even comes close to making sense, is an accident. Typical NRA under LaPierre, wasting time and money needlessly commenting on the obvious instead of addressing and working on defeating bad legislation, defending the 2nd Amendment and actually doing something for the members and spending their money on something other than maintaining Wayne’s luxurious lifestyle.

swmft
swmft
22 days ago

This Idiot is lighting the match to burn the republic

macdog
macdog
21 days ago
Reply to  swmft

Wayne or incompetent Joe or both??

Tionico
Tionico
20 days ago
Reply to  macdog

yes

Hazcat
Hazcat
22 days ago

NRA, no one cares what you think or say, nor will we support you until you get your own house in order. Now go away and work on your problems before you become history.

JPM
JPM
22 days ago
Reply to  Hazcat

AMEN!!!

Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull
22 days ago

Clownshow Joe Biden is a complete idiot and flaps his lips without facts to back the drivel he is spewing up . Joe has no clue and will remain clueless untill his death as dementia has set in . Puppet Joe Biden has George Soros hand stuffed deep in his ass controlling his NWO agendas .

macdog
macdog
21 days ago

Joe be getting his orders to sign here from Osama Obama, Valerie jaret and the nazi sympathizer soros. Joe don’t think on his own.

Mac
Mac
22 days ago

Biden is the MORON in Chief for sure.

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
22 days ago

Obviously, Joseph Biden lacks enough competence to convince a reasonable person he should have a driver’s license, much less nuclear launch codes. He does not have the legal knowledge enough to interpret a law on littering, much ones affecting self-evident natural rights of every citizen. Being able to be armed is a right.  Being able to assemble is a right.  Being able to print on paper is a right.   However, being a President is a privilege with powers and immunity; not a right.  Presidents should be subjected to a criminal record check and a mental competency test before taking the… Read more »

Green Mtn. Boy
Green Mtn. Boy
23 days ago

Biden was repeating a variation of a campaign statement he made last year – that private citizens “weren’t allowed to own a cannon during the Revolutionary War” – which had already been debunked as “false.”

The man is a stumbling talking Moron,have yourself another cheery pie and ice cream cone ,idiot.
This Nero eats while the Republic burns

Last edited 23 days ago by Green Mtn. Boy