Let’s first get this out of the way: When a Democrat says “We don’t want to take away your guns,” it means “Hell yeah, we want to take away your guns, but we’re trying to do it one step at a time so you won’t realize we’re doing it until it’s too late.”
Two words: “Joe Biden.”
“Everything about that statement was wrong.”
Let’s revisit. Passed by Congress on September 25, 1789, ratified on December 15, 1791:
A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Simple. On purpose. The U.S. Constitution, along with the majority of its 27 amendments, is more about what the federal government cannot do than what it can do. Meaning, those (liberals) who “read into” the Constitution do so at their own risk.
Two words: “Joe Biden.”
We’re talking about the guy who once said:
“If there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out and put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house. You don’t need an AR-15 — it’s harder to aim. It’s harder to use, and in fact, you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun! Buy a shotgun!”
Anyway, repeating a silly claim he’s made in past, Biden said during his recent disastrous speech on gun violence in America that the Constitution bans Americans from owning cannons.
“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. You couldn’t buy a cannon.”
Not to nitpick, Joe, but yeah, no.
The Post, citing Second Amendment experts and historical documents, took issue with Biden’s claim, while noting that the claim was “demonstrably false.”
“Everything in that statement is wrong,” David Kopel, research director and Second Amendment project director at the Independence Institute, told the Post, adding that after the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791, “there were no federal laws about the type of gun you could own, and no states limited the kind of gun you could own.”
The Second Amendment states that “a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Biden has made the claim about cannons and the Second Amendment at least once before, the Post noted, telling Wired magazine last year “you weren’t allowed to own a cannon during the Revolutionary War as an individual.”
Even WaPo’s fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, “awarded” Biden four Pinocchios.
“Some readers might think this is a relatively inconsequential flub. But we disagree,” fact-checker Glenn Kessler wrote.
“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.”
So why four Pinocchios — Kessler’s worst rating?
“Biden has already been fact-checked on this claim — and it’s been deemed false. We have no idea where he conjured up this notion about a ban on cannon ownership in the early days of the Republic, but he needs to stop making this claim.”
Here’s the thing: Biden’s silliness about “cannons” isn’t the point. What is the point is the degree to which Democrats will go (lie) to sell — or in defense of — their various narratives.
And the over-under on Biden knocking off the false claim?
Somewhere between zero and “no way in hell.” Like all good Democrats, ol’ Joe Biden isn’t going to let a fact or two get in the way of his political narrative — particularly when it comes to “I don’t want to take away your guns.” (Wink-wink.)
Speaking of real gun violence, check out my recent article on the pathetic joke of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot: