President Joe Biden’s first presidential speechwriter jumped ship after one year and the gun control lies didn’t stop. Media outlets finally began fact-checking the president’s repeated false claims even as he continued reciting them. The truth demonstrates he’s clearly wrong, yet here we are again. The more things change the more they stay the same.
End Game Giveaway
The National Safer Communities Summit in Connecticut was organized by one of the U.S. Senate’s staunchest gun control activists, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and the president thanked attendees for their “relentless commitment” to pushing more gun control, even as the president himself has admitted he’s powerless to do more on his own.
President Biden admitted the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act signed into law last year wasn’t the end of the effort.
“For me, and for most of you, here’s what it really is: It’s an important first step,” the president exclaimed. “Above all, we all agree we are not finished. We are not finished. We are not finished.”
The president’s remarks were similar to those made by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) who was in attendance. She founded her namesake gun control group to push for more gun control and recently admitted it’s not limiting Second Amendment freedoms she’s after – it’s eliminating guns.
“No more guns. Gone,” she specified to media when asked about her goals earlier this year. She said the quiet part out loud.
Those comments are in direct conflict with what Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said after the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act passed.
“No, we’re done – the sort of things he was calling for, don’t have support in the Senate or in the Congress on a bipartisan basis,” the senator stated after BSCA was enacted and President Biden immediately began calling for more.
Industry Liability Lie
It wouldn’t be a President Biden speech on gun control without the commander in chief repeating his favorite falsehoods.
“Look I find it outrageous that out of all the industry’s in America – and by the way I’ve been doing this a long time – I was a pretty powerful senator. I… pretty, not …managed, some of the biggest committees; Judiciary, Foreign Policy, senator. But I didn’t know 10 years ago, I didn’t know that gun manufacturers were immune from liability,” the president claimed. “I’m being completely earnest here. Think of all the people that would be dead today that are alive because we could sue tobacco companies and they paid billions of dollars for the damage they were doing.
“We need to end immunity for gun manufacturers,” he added. “We got to hold them accountable.”
This false claim the president repeats over and over and over and over again is a lie. It’s always been false and always will be. The Washington Post, CNN, PolitiFact, the Associated Press and many more have all rebuked the president on his false claim.
“They [firearm manufacturers] are not exempt or immune from being sued,” wrote the AP.
“Gun manufacturers can certainly be sued…Biden is wrong to say gun manufacturers are alone,” was the Washington Post’s take.
The bipartisan Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) protects firearm manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits that seek to blame them for the criminal misuse of legal, non-defective and lawfully sold firearms by remote third parties who are beyond the control of manufacturers. It’s that law that prohibits the very unlawful actions the president praised. The PLCAA simply codifies bedrock principles of American jurisprudence. No manufacture of any product is liable for the subsequent criminal misuse of a legal, non-defective lawfully sold product.
Pistol Brace Whopper
The president turned his attention to a current development in Congress after the U.S. House of Representatives passed in a bipartisan vote a joint resolution to nullify the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) rule that regulates stabilizing arm braces attached to pistols under the National Firearms Act (NFA). The president came out of nowhere with a wild claim about what a stabilizing arm brace does to a pistol.
“We’ve made it harder for people to buy stabilizer braces. Put a pistol on a brace, and it turns it into a gun,” President Biden said. “The brace makes it where you can have a higher caliber bullet coming out of that gun.”
Shoots bigger bullets?
Joe Biden has no idea what a pistol brace does.
Remember, when politicians say “common sense” gun control he’s the moron deciding what that means. pic.twitter.com/7sZuVzYBAW
— MRCTV (@mrctv) June 19, 2023
Breitbart News provided a simple fact check on the president’s remark.
“A stabilizer brace is simply a piece of plastic that can be attached to the rear of the gun to help stabilize the pistol when target shooting… A stabilizer brace does not impact or change the action or caliber of the AR-pistol,” Breitbart reported.
That echoes the remarks given by the pistol brace’s inventor during Congressional testimony earlier this year. Alex Bosco told representatives, “I think the problem is that a lot of people aren’t informed about what is and isn’t a pistol and what is and isn’t a rifle. It’s very nuanced. A stabilizing brace is not a force multiplier.”
President Biden made several other false statements, including that the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban reduced the number of mass shootings “significantly.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis concluded the impact on criminal misuse of firearms resulting from the 1994 ban would be “too small for reliable measurement.” The president also repeated the false claim that “guns are the number one killer of children in the United States.” NSSF analysis debunked the study that initially made the claim and Twitter’s Community Notes corrected the president, stating, “The claim that guns are the leading cause of death for children would only be true if children under 1 are excluded and 18 and 19 year olds are counted as children.”
— TRUEStrategic (@TRUEStrategic) June 16, 2023
President Biden’s latest gaffe-filled speech on gun violence is a reminder that when it comes to restricting the rights of law-abiding Americans, the facts don’t matter. The Second Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights because early Americans understood its critical importance to the viability of the young Republic.
Concluding, the president exclaimed, “God save the Queen, man.” Add the founding of the country and the reasons why to the list of things the president is confused about.
Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.