The Biden White House walked back an inflammatory comment the president made on Thanksgiving promising to target semi-automatic guns.
Raving like a demagogue, Biden had said it’s “just sick” that law-abiding Americans can purchase semi-automatic weapons. But his press secretary said he meant to say “assault weapons.”
Biden gun comment retracted
Biden did say he was “going to try to get rid of assault weapons” before the next Congress begins in January.
But in the same breath, Biden condemned “semi-automatic weapons.”
“The idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick. It’s just sick. It has no, no social redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single, solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers,” Biden said.
The White House had an opportunity at Monday’s press briefing to clarify whether Biden was calling for the mass confiscation of a “huge category of guns from rifles to pistols to shotguns that are not assault weapons,” as RealClearPolitics’ Phil Wegmann put it.
“Did the president misspeak, or does he in fact want to ban all semi-automatic guns?” Wegmann asked.
Gun ban not likely to pass
Biden’s press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that Biden was only talking about so-called “assault weapons.”
“No. He was talking about assault weapons,” she said.
Biden is known for his gun-related whoppers, claiming earlier this year that AR-15s fire bullets at a higher velocity than other firearms. He is also fond of the outlandish claim that Americans couldn’t buy cannons at the time of the founding.
Democrats knowing next to nothing about the firearms they want to ban is nothing new, of course.
Thankfully, Biden’s prospects of passing gun control aren’t looking good. Republicans are taking over the House in January, and it’s unlikely Biden will be able to get a gun ban past the Senate filibuster before the lame duck session ends.