Biden talked about guns for 3 minutes last night … and got almost everything wrong

(Melina Mara / The Washington Post via AP, pool)

By Larry Keane

President Joe Biden spoke for over an hour in a limited joint session of Congress for his first major speech since taking office. It was during a three-minute period towards the end, however, that the President got his guns wrong, the Second Amendment, and the record number of various Americans who bought guns over the years. Last 15 months.

No matter how many times you say it …

President Biden speaks loudly of “attacking the NRA”.

“I’ve done it before and will do it again,” he repeats over and over again. “In the 90s, we passed the universal background check. A ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines that can hold a hundred cartridges … which can be fired in seconds. We beat the NRA. Mass shootings and gun violence have declined. Check out the ten-year report. “

The NSSF did, and that’s not what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report tells at all. In fact, it says the opposite. Other taken the president in his lie too.

According to the CDC report, “The ban on assault weapons (AWB), which also restricted the capacity of magazines, did not reduce crime rates.” The problem is, since the 10-year ban expired in 2004, America’s violent crime rate has steadily declined while possession of modern sporting rifles (MSRs) has increased dramatically. Today there are over 20 millions MSR in circulation.

Invent as he goes

President Biden referred to his executive actions in controlling Rose Garden guns, including banning so-called “ghost weapons”. “Anyone from a criminal or a terrorist could buy one of these kits and within 30 minutes have a lethal weapon,” the president said.

These so-called “ghost guns” are unfinished firearms and unassembled parts that are popular with hobbyists and gunsmiths. They have been legal since before the founding of our country. They are time consuming and expensive to assemble and they have become a calling card for gun control, especially for some blue state governors.

Again, the president is on the wrong side of the The data, which shows that there is no evidence that ghost weapons are commonly used by criminals to commit their crimes.

But President Biden hasn’t finished stretching the truth.

“I don’t want to get confrontational, but we need more Senate Republicans to join the overwhelming majority of fellow Democrats and fill the gap on gun purchases.”

Fact-checkers, including even CNN and the Politifact, recently called the president false background check claims at gun shows. Every firearm transfer from an authorized retailer, whether at a store, gun show or launched online, must be done in a face-to-face transaction, signed background check forms and verification through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) system. .

Regarding his claims of widespread support for gun control, it’s crater. same Newsweek admitted it.

Wrong on facts, wrong on people

President Biden’s speech to the American people lasted over 60 minutes, but in the three minutes he spoke about guns he got it wrong. He is also wrong about what Americans want.

“I think it’s not a Democratic or Republican issue. It’s an American problem, ”the president said while urging Congress to adopt more gun control. But people have spoken.

More … than 21 million people from various horizons spent a NICS check to buy a gun in 2020, including over 8.4 million first-time buyers. The pace has not slowed so far in 2021 either and public interest in increased gun control fall dramatically over the past few months, lowest levels in years.

On guns, President Biden needs to clarify the facts and better understand what Americans want.

Larry Keane is Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Foundation for Shooting Sports.

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