Since taking office, President Joe Biden has frequently expressed his desire for harsher federal gun control laws.
He took the argument further during a CNN town hall event on Wednesday, even suggesting that certain handguns and rifles could be added to the list of banned firearms.
“I’m the only guy that ever got — passed legislation when I was a senator to make sure we eliminated assault weapons,” he bragged during the event in Ohio.
The president went on to denounce as “ridiculous” the “idea you need a weapon that can have the ability to fire 20, 30, 40, 50, 120 shots from that weapon, whether it’s a, whether it’s a 9mm pistol or whether it’s a rifle.”
Biden made his intentions clear, acknowledging that while he will continue “to push to eliminate the sale of those things,” he is “not likely to get that done in the near term.”
“We need them involved”
Conservative radio host Jason Rantz tweeted his reaction after watching Biden “stumble through this town hall answer.”
They’re not hiding their intentions. Joe Biden says he wants to ban handguns — not merely AR-15s like their previous dishonest talking points suggested. Watch Biden stumble through this town hall answer. pic.twitter.com/DI3CDTN1wL
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) July 22, 2021
Despite his apparent allegiance with the progressive wing of his party on issues like gun control, Biden did appear to push back against Democrats arguing for “defunding” police departments across the nation.
“We need more policemen, not fewer policemen,” he said. “But we need them involved in community policing, community policing.”
“Crime went down”
Of course, his meandering remarks left some viewers wondering exactly what he meant.
“And when we did that, violent crime went down,” Biden said. “All the criticism about the original crime, but guess what, crime went down until we stopped doing community policing. So it’s about getting, we have availability now of over billion, lots of money for cops to be able to hire psychologists, psychiatrists, as well as social workers to be engaged in the process.”
Considering his administration’s ongoing attack on the Second Amendment, those extra police officers might someday be sent to confiscate outlawed guns.