Biden Under Fire Over Anti-Gun Comments

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

On Thanksgiving Day, President Joe Biden was facing backlash for criticizing the purchase of semi-automatic weapons.

Addressing the mass shooting in Colorado Springs at a press briefing in Nantucket, Mass., Biden reiterated his support for a ban on semi-automatic weapons.

The President called the ability that Americans can still purchase semi-automatic weapons “sick.”
He repeated describing the practice as “sick,” saying it has no “socially redeeming value” and that the only benefit it had was to gun manufacturers, as they profit from the sale of these weapons.

When asked by a reporter if he could make moves on new legislation while Democrats still control the House and Senate, Biden said he would first need to assess the votes he’d get in support of any new laws.

However, Biden promised to “try” and get rid of assault-style weapons.

But, on Twitter, Biden’s ban on semi-automatic weapons was getting greater scrutiny, as several users pointed out that rifles, handguns, and shotguns are all semi-automatic weapons, and the majority of weapons are owned by gun owners.

James Wood, actor and conservative, called out Biden, saying “basically all guns” would be on his chopping block.

Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch queried whether there were “any guns Biden would not ban?”

Republican Rep. Thomas Markie (Kentucky) explained Biden’s plans to ban semi-automatic weapons would be “maligning most gun owners,” and that other attempts by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA.) to pass similar legislation had failed.