In the aftermath of two recent high-profile mass shootings, Democrats led by President Joe Biden are once again furiously demanding stricter gun control laws be imposed on the American people.
The White House is insistent, however, that Biden has no intentions to “get rid of the Second Amendment,” but rather only seeks to implement “commonsense gun reform,” Fox News reported.
“We’re not talking about the Second Amendment”
During Thursday’s press briefing, a reporter referenced some of the major proposals being floated and bluntly asked, “What does the President believe, at this point, is the purpose of the Second Amendment?”
The reporter added, “And does he think that, given some of the tragedies that we’ve seen, that there should be a discussion about, you know, its ultimate purpose and whether or not it’s currently in date?”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre replied that President Biden “has been very clear: What he is calling for is commonsense gun reform. That’s it. He’s calling for commonsense gun reform to make sure that if you go to a church, you go to elementary school, you go to a grocery store, that you’re not gunned down. That’s what he’s asking for.”
“It has — we’re not talking about the Second Amendment or — or doing anything to — to get rid of the Second Amendment,” she continued. “We’re talking about making sure — 19 — 19 kids and two teachers died. That’s the second major mass shooting that has — has occurred in two weeks.
“And that — we’re not even talking about the crime that we see, the gun violence that we see across the country on a regular basis,” Jean-Pierre added. “So we have to make sure that we have gun reform. That’s why we’re — we’re calling on Congress to act.”
Biden doesn’t understand the Second Amendment
Except, Jean-Pierre is wrong because while Biden hasn’t come right out and called for a full repeal of the Second Amendment, he certainly is “talking about” it and offering up proposed measures that would infringe upon the fundamental and natural rights that are protected by the constitutional amendment.
As for the “purpose” and scope of the Second Amendment, Biden has repeatedly shown that he doesn’t understand that either, as he proved once again with a highly suspect claim that he has often repeated and has been debunked, even by left-leaning fact-checkers, every time he does so.
During an anti-gun speech Wednesday, Biden said gun control proposals would “have no negative impact on the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment is not absolute. When it was passed, you couldn’t own a — you couldn’t own a cannon, you couldn’t own certain kinds of weapons. It’s just — there’s always been limitations.”
Yet, The Washington Post in June 2021, FactCheck.org in Feb. 2022, and PolitiFact in April 2022 have all rated that repeated erroneous claim about cannons and Second Amendment limitations as patently false, aside from “shall not be infringed” being the key phrase of the Second Amendment, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 of the Constitution granted Congress the power to issue “Letter of Marque and Reprisal,” which were licenses to American privateers — who owned private warships with cannons — to attack and capture enemy ships on behalf of the government.
Given that Biden doesn’t even understand the history or purpose of the Second Amendment — an armed populace to keep tyranny at bay — the claims of his White House mouthpiece about not seeking to infringe on that amendment ring hollow and are far from reassuring for American gun owners.