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.
Will Joe Manchin Pose a Threat to Gun Rights?
Manchin may not be as moderate as some make him out to be.
The common perception heading into the Biden presidency is that West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin will be one of the most powerful Senators in the next few years.
Given the conservative nature of Manchin’s West Virginian constituents, he has had to take several moderate positions and not move lockstep with the Democrats’ leftist faction. For example, Manchin has already gone on record against getting rid of the filibuster — an idea that is popular among progressives in the Democrat Party.
However, on the Second Amendment, Manchin will likely fall in line with his anti-gun Democrat colleagues, As Cam Edwards reported at Bearing Arms, Manchin told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he is willing to move gun control in the next congressional session. However, he wiggled his way out of Tapper’s question about banning modern sporting rifles.
“There has to be responsibility in gun ownership. I’m not going to eliminate people having their gun,” Manchin answered. “They shouldn’t be scared to death of Democrats on their Second Amendment, taking their guns away. … So no, we’re not going to take people’s guns away, but there are things that we should not have in people’s hands.”
West Virginia is known for having solid gun laws that make it easy for lawful individuals to possess and carry firearms. In light of this, Manchin has to take a measured approach to wedge issues like gun control lest he wants to face the wrath of West Virginia’s rabidly pro-gun voters.
However, we shouldn’t forget that Manchin teamed up with Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre to push a universal background check bill. Grassroots pro-Second Amendment activists were able to defeat this anti-gun scheme, which left Obama and company disappointed. Additionally, pro-gun organizations such as the National Association for Gun Rights made a name for themselves in 2013 by exposing this bipartisan gun grab. Manchin can go the anti-gun route like most of his Democrat colleagues and he’ll try to find squishy Republicans to help propose “reasonable” forms of civilian disarmament.
Gun owners will likely have to step up again to confront another set of gun grabs. Democrats are now much more radicalized and they’re looking to exploit nationwide hysteria following the January 6th incident to ram through gun control. As always, right-wingers will have to remain vigilant.
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