Biden pushes for ‘assault weapons’ ban in major announcement, says ‘no amendment’ is ‘absolute’
President Biden call for banning “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines” in a major gun control ad, insisting that “no amendment to the constitution is absolute.”
Biden began by announcing a series of executive measures he would take to tackle gun violence in America, what he described as a “public health crisis” and “international embarrassment.”
The president’s actions call for restrictions on so-called “ghost guns” – homemade firearms without a serial number – and direct the DOJ to issue suggestions for “red flag” legislation for states.
So-called “red flag” laws authorize the authorities confiscate firearms from individuals considered to be a risk to themselves or to others, without having been convicted of a crime.
It also calls for a comprehensive report on gun trafficking and investment in intervention programs in communities prone to violence.
“Enough prayers, it is time to act” – Pres. Biden calls on Congress to pass these gun laws pic.twitter.com/9paVCA0NU5
– NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 8, 2021
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Biden calls for additional gun control
Although not part of his specific executive actions, President Biden continued to push for new gun control measures in Congress, including a ban on “ assault weapons ” and magazines. “ high capacity ”.
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“We should also ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines in this country,” Biden said, adding that “there is no reason” that a person could need a weapon that can contain “one hundred cartridges”.
Biden also officially announced the appointment of David Chipman as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), although he struggled to remember the three letters in question.
Joe Biden just said “AFT” instead of ATF twice.
What a total disaster! pic.twitter.com/gWc7CSv7nz
– Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 8, 2021
Chipman is a gun control supporter who argued for a “well regulated” Second Amendment.
His vision is in line with Biden’s statements, after publishing an op-ed arguing for the need to limit “high capacity” magazines saying that anything approaching 100 series magazines is “not normal.”
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Biden says Second Amendment isn’t absolute
President Biden insisted that his calls for increased gun control in America and that the actions taken would not violate anyone’s Second Amendment rights.
Yet he argues against the absolute right of any amendment to the Constitution.
“No amendment to the constitution is absolute,” the president said.
“From the start you couldn’t own any gun you wanted to own, and since the very beginning of the Second Amendment some people were not allowed to have guns,” he suggested.
“So the idea is just weird to suggest that some of the things we recommend are unconstitutional.”
BIDEN: “Nothing that I am about to recommend in any way infringes on the Second Amendment… No amendment to the Constitution is absolute. You can’t shout “fire in a crowded movie theater” and call it free speech. From the start, you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own. pic.twitter.com/4dChTPgmQm
– Daily caller (@DailyCaller) April 8, 2021
Strikingly, Biden adds that his top priority will be to revoke the immunity of firearms manufacturers from to be sued on shooting incidents.
“We also need to remove gun manufacturers from the immunity they receive from Congress,” he said.
Biden wished, “If I get one thing on my list, Lord came down and said, ‘Joe, you take one,’ give me that one.
BIDEN: “150 million people” have been killed by armed violence since 2007.
– Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 26, 2020
“I want to tell you that if I’m elected, the NRA I’m coming for you and the gunmakers I’m going to take you and I’m going to beat you,” Biden said as a candidate.
The NRA issued a statement regarding President Biden’s announcement.
“Biden has made it clear that he aims to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners while ignoring criminals and forgoing substantive measures that will actually keep Americans safe,” they said.
Additionally, the proposals Biden announced tonight could require law-abiding citizens to make property legal and allow states to expand firearms confiscation orders.
The president made it clear that he intended to implement gun control when he campaigned for the White House. He just keeps those promises.
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