In a year where there has been far too many recent crimes and mass shootings committed with guns as well as an election on the way, it seems only natural that many of the candidates running would use gun control as one of their key issues.
So it comes as no surprise that former Vice President Joe Biden has done so. However, it seems that his views on the subject are constantly changing as he continues his race towards the White House.
During a recent speech about the issue, he says every gun that holds more than one bullet should be illegal in the US.
“The idea that we don’t have elimination of assault-type weapons, magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them, it’s absolutely mindless,” he said.
Now, let’s talk about this for a minute. The mention of assault weapons being banned is nothing new. Biden is far from the first to have mentioned this, as it is the type of firearm most commonly used in mass shootings such as the one this past weekend in West Texas.
However, the idea of magazines that hold more than one bullet is a new train of thought altogether.
To understand why you need to know that nearly every single firearm in the United States and elsewhere holds more than one bullet at a time. This includes everything from handguns used for self-defense to deer rifles and shotguns. And this is nothing new. Most guns have held multiple bullets or ammo for over 100 years or so.
And Biden, who claims to be a gun-owner himself, should be well versed in this fact.
Therefore, the question is: does he actually mean this or is it just another one of his infamous gaffes?
Both possible answers are a bit scary, to say the least.
If he did mean it, then it means that if he becomes president, his administration will seek to take away firearms in the nation. It won’t matter it is a small handgun kept in a bedside table for self-defense or a 22-rifle used to hunt squirrels.
They will all be gone, and with it, our Second Amendment and our very freedom. For how else are we to defend our freedom to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
As it is now, Biden is trying to make it so that people in places like mosques, churches, and synagogues will not be allowed to defend themselves. During a campaign stop in Iowa, he said, “we’re talking about loosening access to have guns, to be able to take them into places of worship, I mean, it’s just absolutely irrational.”
He does realize that many of the mass shootings that have taken place over the years both here in the US and abroad have happened in churches and places of worship, right? Enough of them, that many congregations have asked for legally armed guards and members.
But apparently, Biden doesn’t like this idea.
If the second answer, that it is yet another spoken mistake, is true, it should also be a bit alarming.
Like I said before, Biden claims to be a man with intimate knowledge of guns himself. Therefore, it would stand to reason that he would know about this and be far less likely to make such an error.
But he is well-known for not being precisely accurate while speaking. So maybe he meant something else, such as removable magazines.
If that is the case, then it brings about a whole other problem. These are included with nearly all “assault” weapons, such as the AR-15, and so one could assume that this was another reference to removing these types of guns from the public.
However, as a gun owner, Biden should also know that most legally owned handguns also contain a removable magazine or clip. Therefore, taking these away instead of all guns with multiple bullets would give about the same results. Thousands of Americans would be disarmed and left without protection for themselves.
In 2013, he even suggested and encouraged all Americans to “buy a shotgun,” (these hold multiple bullets, by the way) and that “no one’s gonna take anyone’s gun.”
And yet, a mere six years later, here Biden is, claiming he will be the one to do the taking. Once again, he is changing his mind and making statements that he thinks will make him more eligible for the Oval Office.
Sorry, it’s just not going to happen.