Biden: 'What Do You Think, Deer Are Wearing Kevlar Vests?'

By Susan Jones | April 29, 2021 | 6:01am EDT
White-tail deer in Florida. (Photo by David Howells/Corbis via Getty Images)
White-tail deer in Florida. (Photo by David Howells/Corbis via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Arguing against certain types of gun ownership Wednesday night, Joe Biden drew laughter from some members of Congress when he asked, sarcastically, "What do you think, deer are wearing kevlar vests?"

"We need a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. And don't tell me it can't be done. We did it before, and it worked,” Biden said.

“Talk to most responsible gun owners and hunters, they'll tell you there is no possible justification for having a hundred rounds in a weapon. What do you think, deer are wearing kevlar vests? (Laughter)

“They'll tell you that there are too many people today who are able to buy a gun but shouldn't be able to buy a gun.”

Biden raised the gun issue after urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

“It will close...the boyfriend loophole to keep guns out of the hands of abusers. The court order said ‘this is an abuser,’ you can't own a gun. It’s to close that loophole that existed. You know, it’s estimated that 50 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner every month in America, 50 a month,” Biden said.

"Gun violence has become an epidemic in America," Biden continued, pointing to recent mass shootings as well as murders in the "streets of America."

"In the 90s, we passed universal background checks, a ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines that hold a hundred rounds that can be fired off in seconds. We beat the NRA. Mass shootings and gun violence declined. Check out the report over ten years. But in the early 2000s, the law expired. We've seen daily bloodshed since. I'm not saying if the law continued we wouldn't see bloodshed," the president added.

Biden mentioned the things he's doing about "gun violence," including calling for a ban on homemade "ghost guns."

He said it's time for Congress to act as well, and he urged more Senate Republicans to join Democrats in passing universal background checks.

We need a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. And don't tell me it can't be done. We did it before, and it worked.

Talk to most responsible gun owners and hunters, they'll tell you there is no possible justification for having a hundred rounds in a weapon. What do you think, deer are wearing kevlar vests? They'll tell you that there are too many people today who are able to buy a gun but shouldn't be able to buy a gun.

These kinds of reasonable reforms have overwhelming support from the American people, including many gun owners. The country supports reform, and Congress should act. This shouldn't be a red or blue issue, and no amendment to the Constitution is absolute. You can't yell “fire” in a crowded theater.

From the very beginning, there were certain guns, weapons, that could not be owned by Americans. Certain people could not own those weapons ever. We're not changing the Constitution. We're being reasonable. I think this is not a Democrat or Republican issue. I think it's an American issue...

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