Democratic presidential candidates,vformer Vice President Joe Biden, participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
In general, Joe Biden probably did better in the South Carolina debate than he’s done in prior debates.
That said, he still had moments where there appeared to be a lack of lucidity and where he just rambled his head off.
Perhaps the worst moment was when he claimed that half of America had been killed by gun violence since 2007.
Biden claims firearms have killed more than half of the U.S. population since 2007 pic.twitter.com/a679hcVbYg
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 26, 2020
From Daily Caller:
Biden was asked how he would stop gun violence, with the moderator noting that “Congress has not been able to pass a major gun legislation in a quarter of a century.” The former vice president said that he is “the only one who ever got it done nationally” before making the false claim that 150 million people have been killed by guns since 2007.
“One hundred fifty million people have been killed since 2007, when [Vermont Sen.] Bernie [Sanders] voted to exempt the gun manufacturers from liability,” Biden claimed. “More than all the wars, including Vietnam, from that point on. Carnage on our streets.”
He then threatened the NRA sayin he was coming for them and gun manufacturers. Um, Joe? The NRA is a an American membership organization, you’re threatening to beat Americans.
The claim of course was crazy, but no one called him out on it during the debate.
But as then none of them are known for being accurate when it comes to talking about guns.
Biden himself has a long history of strange, weird and wrong comments about the nature of guns. Who can ever forget his advice that all you need is a shotgun and you can fire two blasts to scare anyone away?
But the numbers of course as to people being killed isn’t anywhere close to 150 million.
The stat he may have been searching for in his head is 1.5 million since 1968.
But the fact that he’s still gaffing all over the place and can’t even get that stat out on the eve of folks voting in South Carolina could be problematic if that’s the takeaway about him from the debate.