Biden: 'The Founders Said...You Can't Have Any Weapon You Want'

By Susan Jones | February 27, 2020 | 5:38am EST
Former Vice President Joe Biden is now counting on a win in Saturday's South Carolina primary. It would be his first win of the season. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
Former Vice President Joe Biden is now counting on a win in Saturday's South Carolina primary. It would be his first win of the season. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - At a CNN town hall Wednesday night, former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that our Founding Fathers said, "not everyone is able to have a gun, and you can't have any weapon you want."

In fact, the Second Amendment to the Constitution says nothing about types of guns: It reads, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Biden also said those who believe guns protect us from a tyrannical government are wrong: "And those who say the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots, you need an F-15 with Hellfire missiles in order to take on the government."

At one point, Biden confused a "clip" with a magazine; and he indicated that Second Amendment is about skeet-shooting and hunting.

Biden's comments were prompted by a question from a woman who noted that the Second Amendment is a right "held dear" in South Carolina. She asked Biden, "How do you propose to sell your gun reform ideas to those who either own a gun or feel strongly about protecting Second Amendment rights?"

Biden's response:

Two reasons, number one, let's -- you're a law student, I taught constitutional law for a long time, I taught the Second Amendment. And here's the deal, constitutional amendment, from the beginning, no amendment is absolute. None of you can stand up in the First Amendment on free speech and yell "fire" here. You'd be arrested, because you're going to cause damage and danger.

From the very beginning, the Founders said, not everyone is able to have a gun, and you can't have any weapon you want. That has simply never been the case. There are limitations.

I happen to have a 12-gauge shotgun and a 20-gauge shotgun, because -- I haven't done it in a long time, but I skeet shoot. And I'm not very good at it, I might add. But I have -- but my sons, they bird hunt. And they haven't in a while, my -- I lost -- anyway.

But they used to bird hunt. The point of the matter is that from the very beginning, you're not allowed to have any weapon you want. And those who say the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots, you need an F-15 with Hellfire missiles in order to take on the government.

This idea that you're going to need an AR-15 or any other assault weapon or you need any clip, any clip that has a hundred rounds in it, is absolutely bizarre. You're a danger to yourself if that's the case.

(Note: A magazine feeds rounds into the chamber, while a clip feeds rounds into a magazine. Biden was talking about a magazine.)

Biden repeated that gun control does not infringe the Second Amendment -- "period," he insisted:

And we didn't say anyone could own a weapon. From the very beginning, not anyone can own a weapon. So the idea that a terrorist can own a weapon, the idea someone who is, in fact, deranged could own a weapon, the idea someone who has a criminal background could own a weapon, that's why we worked very hard to pass the Brady Bill.

I was the guy in the United States Senate at the time that moved the Brady Bill through and set up waiting periods. Set up waiting periods. And part of the problem here is that the idea that you need a weapon and you need it within 24 hours should set off alarm bells for people.

The fact is, it should be a five-day waiting period. So it's no infringement of the Second Amendment at all, at all.

And by the way, I'm the only guy that has ever passed an assault weapons ban nationally. I'm the only guy that ever limited the amount of bullets can be in a clip. And I'm the only person who has taken on the NRA and beat them across the board.

And here's the deal. The deal is that 58 percent of gun owners -- of members of the NRA think that people should not be able to own an AR-15, not own an assault weapon, not have a 100 -- a magazine, the thing you stick in the gun, that shoots as many bullets as you can, of a hundred rounds.

So already, the NRA people -- it's the gun manufacturers. And that's another story.

Biden, having reached the end of his spiel, told host Chris Cuomo, “I know you want to go on."





 

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