President BidenHarris didn’t deliver a state of the union address after he was inaugurated in January, as laid out in the Constitution. If his handlers didn’t think he was up to it, he could have delivered a state of the union report to Congress on paper, but we couldn’t find any evidence that he’s done that either.
Technically his speech tonight to a joint session of select Congresspeople wasn’t a state of the union address either, though it had most of the same trappings. But the President used the occasion to mark his first 100 days in office and to lay out his rationale for a massive $1.8 trillion spending spree and government expansion, while calling on Congress to pass a raft of favorite Democrat wish list items.
But this is a gun blog where we focus on issues affecting the right to keep and bear arms. So let’s talk about the President’s fleeting reference to firearms and gun rights in tonight’s speech.
Biden once again called “gun violence” an epidemic in America. He said no one needs a gun with a 100-round magazine and joked that deer don’t wear Kevlar vests. As if the Second Amendment has anything at all to do with hunting.
He then bizarrely reminisced about the good ol’ days in the 1990s when Congress passed not only an “assault weapons” ban, but also a universal background check bill. Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert looked like her jaw would hit the floor at that one.
The President then repeated his call to Congress to give him an “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazine ban bill he can sign.
He told the legislators he wants to see the two background check bills that are pending — outlawing private gun sales and expanding the number of days the FBI has to complete a background check — passed and sent to him for his signature. Neither, though, has much chance of getting through the current Senate.
He repeated many of the same lies he told in the Rose Garden weeks ago when he claimed that nothing he was proposing regarding gun control is radical or violates the Constitution.
In short, nothing President BidenHarris said regarding guns tonight was new. He laid out the most anti-gun agenda in American history when he ran for the office and in the last few weeks, he’s begun to try to put some of that agenda in place.
He’s done that through orders to the
AFT ATF that would reclassify many if not most AR pistols with arm braces as short barrel rifles, as well as attempting to DO SOMETHING about “ghost guns” by requiring 80% lowers and build kits (which he said kids can assemble into a working firearm in 30 minutes) to be serialized and go through a background check before being sold.
In short, tonight was just more Biden being Biden, repeating calls for many of the Democrats’ long-held desires to roll back Americans’ gun rights while using lies and half-truths to bolster his case. It may not have technically been a state of the union speech, but it was every bit as useful and memorable as any of the others we’ve suffered through over the years.