You can always count on Joe Biden to wrap his policy announcements in a nice little package of lies with a perfectly tied bow of deceit on top.
Such was the case on Monday when our cognitively deficient president repeated his favorite anti-gun quip about the legality of cannons during the Revolutionary War.
The president made the remarks during his announcement of a new regulation requiring a background check and serial number for manufactured firearms that are unregulated and untraceable. The regulation will also require manufacturers distributing the guns to be federally licensed.
A year ago this week, I said we would rein in the proliferation of ghost guns. The gun lobby tried to tie up regulators in paperwork. But today, we kept our promise and made it illegal to manufacture ghost gun kits without a serial number or sell them without a background check. pic.twitter.com/i4MdSJVUfJ
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 12, 2022
“It’s going to sound bizarre, I support the Second Amendment. But from the very beginning, the Second Amendment didn’t say you can own any gun you want, as big as you want. You couldn’t buy a cannon when in fact the Second Amendment passed…” Biden mumbled.
Joe Biden mumbling nonsense. Literally doesn’t have a clue.
“You couldn't buy a cannon when the Second Amendment passed."pic.twitter.com/b5ow6j77yW
— 𝒞𝑜𝓃𝓈𝓉𝒾𝓉𝓊𝓉𝒾𝑜𝓃𝒶𝓁𝒾𝓈𝓉 (@MSMCali) April 11, 2022
Biden has been making similar statements since before he was on the 2020 presidential campaign trail.
“From the very beginning you weren’t allowed to have certain weapons,” the then-presidential candidate told Wired Magazine. “You weren’t allowed to own a cannon during the Revolutionary War as an individual.” Historians told Politifact at the time that his statement was inaccurate.
The Washington Post gave his remarks four Pinocchios in a June 28, 2021, piece, saying there was no federal law about the types of guns citizens could own and that private citizens owned cannons at the time of the nation’s founding.
“Some readers might think this is a relatively inconsequential flub. But we disagree,” The Washington Post wrote. “Every U.S. president has a responsibility to get American history correct, especially when he’s using a supposed history lesson in service of a political objective. The president’s push for more gun restrictions is an important part of his political platform, so he undercuts his cause when he cites faux facts.”
Biden then moved his cannon argument to apply to 20 years after the Revolutionary War, which is still incorrect, The Washington Post reported. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 of the Constitution grants Congress the power to declare war and “grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal,” meaning that private citizens could be granted special waivers to own warships and obtain cannons during a battle.
However Biden decides to justify his anti-gun actions, what remains is the single greatest threat to our Second Amendment rights this country has ever seen. Desperate for a political victory, the Biden administration will continue to push this issue until every gun owner is on a federal registry of some sort — an enemy list, so to speak…
Author: Nolan Sheridan