Joe Biden’s latest slip of the tongue occurred during the South Carolina Democratic Debate on Tuesday. The former Vice President was discussing gun violence in America when he massively overstated casualties of the phenomenon, stating that “150 million” people have died as a result of gun violence since 2007.
BREAKING: Joe Biden claims 150 MILLION people have died from gun violence in the US since 2007
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) February 26, 2020
Such a claim maintains that more Americans have been killed by gun violence since 2007 than people were killed in both World War I and World War II combined.
Even the most committed of gun control supporters would be hard-pressed to deny that such a claim is the most extreme of exaggerations. It’s possible Biden was intending to say that 150,000 people have been killed through the use of guns since that year, a figure that includes suicides as a majority of casualties.
In any case, even if Biden didn’t mean to include the inflated numerical category, the slip of the tongue demonstrates his propensity towards exaggeration on the topic of gun violence in America. He was one of several Democrats attacking Bernie Sanders from the left on the topic of guns, claiming the Vermont Senator(who actually supports every far-left gun control proposition commonly proposed, including making gun manufacturers liable for the actions of criminals) was too conservative on the issue.
Biden was making the claim as part of an argument to hold gun manufacturers accountable for casualties criminals inflict with their products. Such a proposal would almost certainly result in the destruction of tens of thousands of American jobs and potentially serve as a backdoor restriction on the commercial sale of new firearms throughout the country.
This seems to be his latest slip of the tongue. Biden falsely stated that he was running for the U.S Senate at a campaign event just Monday night.
In any case, it doesn’t appear as if the Democratic primary field has any candidates willing to argue for nuance and moderation against calls to eliminate the American firearms industry wholesale.
Four Indicted in “Pay-to-Play” Concealed Carry Bribery Scandal, Including Santa Clara Sheriff’s Captain
Gun rights are reserved for the privileged elite.
San Jose District Attorney Jeffrey Rosen announced the indictment of four people connected to the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department last week, claiming that they were involved in a corrupt “pay-to-play” bribery ring in which concealed carry permits would be granted in return for campaign contributions to Sheriff Laurie Smith.
Rosen alleges that Capt. James Jensen, attorney Christopher Schumb, attorney Harpaul Nahal and business owner Michael Nichols conspired with the CEO of a private security company to secure a $90,000 bribe in return for generous access to the department’s concealed carry permit authority.
“My concern is not whether the sheriff grants many or few CCW licenses, but whether they are being granted or denied for the wrong reasons,” said Rosen.
Rosen’s indictment of the four individuals details considerable evidence revealing pay-for-play practices utilized by Captain Jensen and Schumb, who operated a political committee supporting Sheriff Smith’s re-election campaigns.
There have been concerns over the concealed carry permit practices used by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department before, with reports that the sheriff was only granting CCW permits to politically connected donors going back as far as 2011.
Pro-Second Amendment concealed carry laws would forbid this form of alleged corruption, as law enforcement agencies in “shall issue” states are forbidden from restricting permits from any lawful gun owner for arbitrary reasons.
Obtaining a concealed carry permit in California, which is a “may issue” state, is considerably difficult. Many sheriff’s departments are known for flagrantly corrupt practices in issuing permits, reserving the privilege for city employees, donors, and the politically connected elite. Gun rights advocates have documented the corrupt practices of many California law enforcement agencies, who often seek to stonewall concealed carry permit applications.
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