White House walks back president’s false Second Amendment statement

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden stated, clearly, that he believes that “the Second Amendment is not absolute.”

According to Townhall, Biden’s White House, however, is now trying to convince Americans that those words did not come out of Biden’s mouth. 

“Not absolute”

Biden made his remark about the Second Amendment on Wednesday during a press briefing that he held about the recent Texas school shooting that has left 19 children and two teachers dead. During that press briefing, Biden made a push for gun control.

“While they clearly will not prevent every tragedy, we know certain ones will have [a] significant impact and have no negative impact on the Second Amendment,” Biden claimed.

That’s when Biden clearly stated, “the Second Amendment is not absolute.”

“When it was passed you couldn’t own a cannon, you couldn’t own certain kinds of weapons,” Biden argued. “There’s just always been limitations.”

The backlash

Suffice it to say that Biden’s statement left just about everyone who has read the Second Amendment baffled. It does, after all, state, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Accordingly, pro-Second Amendment social media users let Biden have it. Florida state Rep. Randy Fine (R) even went so far as to say, “try to take our guns and you’ll learn why the Second Amendment was written in the first place.”

The White House responds

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was forced to address the criticism during the press briefing that she held on Thursday. During that briefing, Jean-Pierre actually tried to claim that Biden didn’t say exactly what he did say – that “the Second Amendment is not absolute.”

“We’re not talking about the Second Amendment or doing anything to get rid of the Second Amendment,” Jean-Pierre claimed.

Rather, Jean-Pierre said:

What he is calling for is common-sense gun reform. That’s it. He’s calling for common-sense gun reform to make sure that if you go to a church, you go to an elementary school, you go to a grocery store that you’re not gunned down.

Jean-Pierre did not address why this “common-sense gun reform” would succeed where other gun reforms have failed repeatedly around the world.

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