President Joe Biden delivered his latest speech on gun violence this week, reiterating his longstanding call for the implementation of new federal gun control measures.
In the span of less than a minute, however, he not only butchered a famous presidential quote and uttered a series of misleading statements, but critics say he also casually issued an alarming threat against gun-owning Americans, according to Breitbart.
“From the day it was passed”
Referencing those armed citizens who believe their guns could aid in defense against a tyrannical government, the president seemed to imply that fighter jets and nuclear weapons would make quick work of any such citizen uprising.
His assessment of the Second Amendment’s perceived limitations was also fact-checked by pro-gun critics and the language of the amendment itself.
“And I might add — 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,” Biden declared. “You couldn’t buy a cannon.”
He went on to stumble through a reference to Thomas Jefferson’s quote about the “tree of liberty” needing the occasional “blood of patriots and tyrants,” going on to offer a notably different take.
“Those who say…’the blood of patriots,’ you know, and all the stuff about how we’re going to have to move against the government,” Biden said. “Well, the tree of liberty is not watered with the blood of patriots.”
“Nuke you into next week”
Instead, he issued a clear warning to those who live by Jefferson’s stance, insisting: “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. The point is that there has always been the ability to limit — rationally limit the type of weapon that can be owned and who can own it.”
BIDEN: “Those who say the blood of Patriots, you know, and all the stuff about how we’re gonna have to move against the government.”
“If you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons.”pic.twitter.com/WVHUffpphP
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 23, 2021
Whether it was his intention or not, a number of Biden’s critics interpreted his rhetoric as a chilling threat of maximum military force in response to citizens who take up arms against the government.
Former NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch was among the commentators who accused Biden and the Democratic Party of trying to have it both ways on the issue, tweeting: “Wait, so a guy dressed like a Burning Man reject in a buffalo head and his motley crew of Red Dawn LARPers almost overthrew the entire government but you can’t own a semi-auto because the mighty government will nuke you into next week?”
As for his claim about cannons being illegal, even the left-leaning PolitiFact had to rate the claim as “false,” pointing out that there are no historical reports of laws enforcing such restrictions and plenty of anecdotal evidence to the contrary.