Biden: We Will Ban Assault Weapons and Create a Buy-Back Program

By Susan Jones | August 8, 2019 | 5:46am EDT
Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks about white supremacy and guns during a campaign stop on August 7, 2019 in Burlington, Iowa. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)

( - Former Vice President Joe Biden, now running for president, took partial credit for getting "assault weapons" and "high capacity magazines" banned for ten years, in 1994.

And if elected president, he promised to go even further than that by not only banning such weapons but by removing them from their lawful owners.

Biden made the comments at a campaign rally in Iowa on Tuesday.

I can tell you, as the guy along with Senator Dianne Feinstein who got the assault weapons ban and the high-capacity magazines banned in this country for ten years, if elected president, we will do it again. We will do it again.

One hundred rounds in Dayton. Thirty-round clips in El Paso. They’ll be banned. And when we do it, we’ll put in place a buyback program to get as many of these military style weapons of war off the street. And we need -- we need a domestic terrorism law.

We can do it without infringing on anyone's free speech, in tampering with anybody's liberties. Quite simply, we have to make the same commitment as a nation to root out domestic terrorism as we have with stopping international terrorism.

I wish I could say this all began with Donald Trump and will end with him. But it didn't and it won't.

“American history is not a fairytale,” Biden said, launching into America’s founding and the stain of slavery and the persistence of “racism.”

Later in his speech, Biden blamed Trump for “doing nothing – nothing about the epidemic of guns that is fueling a literal carnage in America."

(Trump alone cannot do anything about guns. Congress passes the laws.)

"As of Monday," Biden said, "according to data from the gun violence archives, there have been 255 mass shooting in the first 217 days of this year. We can't let this go on. We can't, and I will not, let this man be re-elected President of the United States of America.

"We can't," Biden repeated. "Folks, his incompetence, his immorality, his carnage stops with us, right here, right now, starting in the Midwest.”



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