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The White House experienced another emergency case of “cleanup on aisle 1600” last week when President Joe Biden declared unambiguously that all semi-automatic firearms have, “no redeeming social value.”

After being asked about the recent murders of innocent Americans at the hands of deranged individuals in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Chesapeake, Va., the president added, “Zero. None. Not a single solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was forced to walk back the president’s remarks with record speed.

Ban ‘Em All

President Biden’s Freudian firearm slip isn’t surprising. He frequently boasts of his record of “taking on” the gun industry before and “winning.” That’s referencing the 1994 ban on so-called assault weapons that then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) supported. In 2019, then-presidential candidate Biden was asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper about his true gun control intentions.

“To gun owners out there who say a Biden administration means they’re going to come for my guns…” Cooper began. “Bingo!” President Biden interrupted. “You’re right, if you have an assault weapon … The fact of the matter is they should be illegal. Period.”

Joe Biden angry point gesture
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Fast forward a couple years and the president expanded his wish list of banned firearms to include one of the most popular selling handgun calibers among law-abiding firearm owners – the 9 mm.

“The idea you need a weapon that can have the ability to fire 20, 30, 40, 50, 120 shots from that weapon, whether it’s a 9 mm pistol or whether it’s a rifle, is ridiculous,” President Biden told supporters. “I’m continuing to push to eliminate the sale of those things.”

It comes as no surprise then that when asked by media following the tragic murders in Colorado and Virginia, the president vocalized his true beliefs. He wants to ban semiautomatic firearms, including America’s most popular selling centerfire rifle and most popular selling handguns. He throws them all under the umbrella of “weapons of war.”

Walk-Back Whiplash

At the earliest White House press briefing following the president’s remarks, Karine Jean-Pierre, The White House press secretary, was asked to clarify and she walked it back.

“No. He was talking about, talking about assault weapons,” Jean-Pierre said. “That’s what he was talking about when asked that question.”

There was no follow up to ask Jean-Pierre how the president differentiates between semiautomatic rifles like he wants to ban and semiautomatic pistols as he’s included before. The administration – and gun control advocates across the board – would likely be tongue-tied in their attempts to define what they mean by so-called “assault weapons,” or Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs). The truth is it’s the same one-trigger-pull, one-fire technology that’s been around for more than a century, whether a handgun, a rifle or even several varieties of hunting and recreational shotguns.

Joe Biden
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It’s the same definition trouble President Biden’s failed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) director nominee and gun control lobbyist David Chipman fumbled through during his confirmation hearing when he struggled to answer the question before finally admitting, “Senator, there’s no way I could define an assault weapon.” President Biden can’t define it, The White House can’t define it and Congressional Democrats who continue to push for stricter gun control can’t define it either.

Time Running Out

There are more than 24 million commonly-owned, lawfully-purchased MSRs in circulation today, according to NSSF firearm industry data. Law-abiding Americans own many more times that number of 9 mm handguns and according to industry data the gun-owning community has never been more diverse than it is now, with women and minorities leading the buying spree over the past few years.

President Biden can thank himself for the growing number of Americans legally buying firearms. In fact, the same number of Americans bought firearms during the first twelve-months of the Biden presidency alone than did during the first years combined of Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

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President Joe Biden (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

With Congress returning to Washington, D.C., President Biden has upped his calls for his new “assault weapons” ban but the door is almost shut. Republicans won back control of the U.S. House of Representatives and will take the majority once the new session begins in January. U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) admitted there aren’t even enough Democratic votes in the Senate to pass an MSR ban.

Gallup reported that Americans’ support for stricter gun control has dropped nine percent since June and their support for a ban on MSRs is below the 50 percent mark for the first time ever. President Biden continues to deny reality on his gun control ambitions – whether he “misspoke” or stated his true intentions.


Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

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  1. Don’t worry. Squish Republicans will be happy to accommodate Biden in an “assault weapons” ban. Just you wait and see. They’ll screw us all.

  2. EVERY politician should be put on trial:
    18 U.S. Code § 242 – Deprivation of rights under color of law
    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

    • I don’t call him Jim Crow Gun Control democRat joe for nothing…He is fixated on Black Rifles like a Jim Crow Gun Control kkk democRat Party lynch mob was fixated on Black Skin.

      Make no mistake about it, today’s Gun Control democRat Party denigrates Black Rifles just like the Jim Crow democRat Party denigrated Black Americans with the N-Word.

  3. Do I have to say it? The criminal machine known as the democratic party wants us all dis armed and helpless. If they get the semi’s they;ll be back next week for the rest.

    I will not surrender my rights.

    • Yeah it ain’t just dim scum. Republican Rinos are joining in banning my rifle. Tar & feathering is too good a fate for traitors…

      • I really would like to see it make a comeback though. Hot tar and chicken feathers and finish with running out on a rail.

    • Ever heard of the Blue Steel Democrats?

      They rarely make it to federal office, but there are quite a few on the ground in the states.

  4. Do they really think we would say “Oh, now that our guns are illegal, here they are. Please, collect them”.


  5. The term assault rifle was coined by Adolf Hitler when he was shown a new battle rifle in 1944. He said, “that is a Sturmgewehr (assault rifle)” So began the assault rifle; an automatic rifle with an intermediate power cartridge. Examples are the AK47, the M16, and the original STG-44.

      • Sorry bad link; here is the actual quote:

        “Assault weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully-automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons –anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun– can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.”

        • Democrat Senator Howard Metzenbaum included the Enfield .303 Jungle Carbine on his proposed forbidden list at the time of the 1994 AWB because it was scary looking. Don’t think it made the cut.

        • i was pleased to see .303 referenced on jeopardy a few weeks back. enfield was in the clue, i think the category may have been thirty.

        • WF – good catch correcting your original comment 😉
          Far too many uneducated people continue to fall for his ploy. Note that he did not come up with the term though. That dubious ‘distinction’ belongs to Art Agnos who actually coined the term while trying to get such a ban passed in kalypornia about a decade before sugarmann started using it.

  6. Karine “Cringe” Jean-Pierre is now the DEI box-checking personification of Tommy Flanagan from the Ministry of Truth: “No, shit-for-brains, President Joe the Uniter didn’t mean all semi-automatic firearms when he said insisted all semi-automatic firearms should be banned, period. He was obviously talking about fully-automatic semi-automatic assault weapons. Yeah, that’s the ticket! Yeah! He meant full-auto semi-automatics! Yeah!” (Apologies to Jon Lovitz)

  7. Police, military, and criminals have assault weapons. The same firearms are defense weapons when owned or carried by law abiding citizens.

      • all the cops I see with”black and ugly” long guns are carrying AR pattern equipment, most of them S&W M & P models. Don’t know what YOU call a “patrol carbine”. I suspect most departments use that term for the AR 15 semiauto M&P. After all, the M means “military” and the P means Police. Designed specifically with their needs in view, deliberately. And it has worked well for both.. te coppers get the tool they need at a high level of quality, S&W get a decent share of that market.

    • JC – NO the coppers do NOT have “assault weapons” as There Is No Such Thing. What they do have are for the most part semi auto AR pattern rifles, with the notable exception of SWAT who ‘may’ have select fire variants.
      But I suspect that if it is black and scary looking it is ‘evil’ by default.

  8. The last time tyrants tried to disarm Americans, it didn’t work out too well for them.

    We can, and will, do it again.

  9. Who exactly is the “White House,” and why do they often have different ideas than the president?

    Has anyone asked their thoughts on a major company pushing pedophilia in their marketing material?

  10. Back in the stone age, a rock was a “weapon of war”. I wonder how long it will take Biden to claim that rocks half no place in society? Joseph Goebbels invented the tactic of the “big lie”. Many ill intentioned politicians have followed his example.

  11. From what I’ve read in recent months, there isn’t enough support in the Senate to get another ban passed. I hope the articles were right.
    But, I have no doubt the Dems. will try to get something on the floor and then use the loss to beat up on the Reps. after another major shooting. Never mind the overwhelming majority of mass casualty shootings are drug, or gang related using handguns.

  12. I’d like theBiden to win re election. Bush was good with “Oh , look at the kitty.” But this Biden is THE number one of the comedian clowns. I mean Robin’s William’s couldn’t top Slow Joe on a bad day.
    And then you top it off with his straight men sidekicks, why its better then Abbot and Costello, Ralph Cramden and that fat guy, Lucy an Desi, The Beverly Hilbilys, throw in a dose of Threes Company and you still ain’t coming close to
    The Jean- Pierre, Harris, and Joe Show, – -produced by Michael Bloomberg. – -This weeks guests host Hank Thompson.- –
    We’ve got the best comedy act to come out of the WhiteHouse yet. And with Joe’s gafes and funnys the material will never get old so a second(or maybe third?) season would be great.
    Let’s Go Brandon

  13. Guess where me n your ole ladys at tonight? Yes, you got it. Eating pizza in the oval office with Bill Clinton and PeeWee Herman.

  14. Breaking news: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hear an appeal about Maryland’s so-called “assault weapon” ban on semi-automatic rifles.

  15. Remember boys and girls, Biden is the leader of the democrat party that makes lots of false claims and gives us other notable falsehoods and gaslighting and downright lies, for example, that of the notable Rep. Lucy McBath (D – Ga) who claimed the reason you never see many (as she implied many or hundreds more for each mass shooting, that did not exist) of the bodies in a mass shooting is because they’ve been vaporized – there’s nothing left to show – due to being hit with an AR-15 ‘assault weapon’ 5.56 mm bullet.

    (BTW, in case you were wondering, and probably weren’t but anyway… the laws of physics say its impossible for a 5.56mm bullet from their ‘AR-15 assault weapon’ (a propaganda and false term to begin with) to vaporize a human body, because, simply put, there is simply not enough kinetic or impact or potential or mass energy to overcome the energy bonds between molecules in the human body. In short, its impossible.)

    The whole democrat party is one big mass of mental illness delusional obsession falsehoods for firearms.

    • Theres 5.56 then theres the JB 5.56, it travels 5 times faster then any other rifles bullet. I’m not sure how fast other rifles bullets go, some I know can hit close to 4000fps, so 5 times faster then that just might be able to vaporize a human.

  16. Just want everyone to know, there are several different companies selling “Let’s Go Brandon” gift wrapping paper.
    If you have a ultra-wokeist family member, what better way to say, Merry Christmas!

    • .40 – excellent synopsis by Mr. Noir as usual. The only thing he ‘missed’ is where sugarmann ‘stole’ the bogus term from. That was one Art Agnos who came up with it while trying to get a ban passed in kalypornia about a decade earlier.

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