It’s a tale as old as time. If President Joe Biden is giving a major speech, he’s going to lie about the firearm industry and the Second Amendment. Like clockwork, the president rattled off his favored laundry list of gun control requests and included several falsehoods in his first State of the Union address to the American people.
The president and his handlers continue to peddle the lies even as record numbers of Americans are lawfully purchasing firearms and support for more gun control erodes. He’s already been fact-checked as wrong so many times it’s hard to keep count.
“That’s false,” the Associated Press rated the president.
‘Only Industry in America’
President Biden has a favorite line about the firearm industry that he repeats at every opportunity. “Look, repeal the liability shield. It makes gun manufacturers the only industry in America that can’t be sued,” the president pleaded.
He’s talking about the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), bipartisan legislation signed by President George W. Bush that simply codifies bedrock principles of tort law. The PLCAA bars lawsuits against members of the firearm industry from lawsuits seeking to blame them for the criminal misuse by remote third persons of lawfully sold, non-defective firearms.
The AP rebuked President Biden’s lack of truth with his claim. “While gun manufacturers do have legal protections from being held liable for injuries caused by criminal misuse of their weapons thanks to the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, they are not exempt or immune from being sued.”
Even The Washington Post included the president’s false claim in their fact check of the speech.
“Biden’s language is too sweeping. Gun manufacturers can certainly be sued,” the article notes. “The 2005 law does not guarantee blanket immunity. Few industries have federal liability immunity, but Biden is wrong to say gun manufacturers are alone.”
It’s not new for The Washington Post to rebuff this claim by the president. They did it last month after the president’s New York City appearance when he included the same untruthful claim on the criminal misuse of firearms. CNN also declared him wrong. Politifact has too. By now there’s no excuse. The president and his speechwriters are knowingly lying to the American people to peddle more gun control.
The president’s speechwriters and press handlers do not like him going off-script. He did it anyway about firearms and made a remarkable error about what the Second Amendment represents, especially given the current invasion by Russian President Vladimir Putin into Ukraine.
The president called for a ban on so-called “assault weapons” with “high-capacity magazines that hold up to 100 rounds.” He followed this demand by asking, “Do you think the deer are wearing Kevlar vests?”
The president – and national gun control groups writ large – mistakenly believe the Second Amendment has anything to do with deer hunting. It doesn’t. This only demonstrates how out of touch the administration is with Americans worried about surging crime in their own communities, but more so with the current bloodshed and violence taking place in Ukraine and the uniquely American right to keep and bear arms.
The president again called for a ban on Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs), the most popular-selling centerfire semiautomatic rifle in America today. He vilifies them as “assault weapons,” as it is gun control’s favored loaded description, and so-called “high-capacity” magazines while mainstream media, left-wing political pundits and gun control politicians have praised the Ukraine government for arming their citizens with actual fully-automatic “weapons of war” to help protect their country.
The duplicity of denying gun rights to American citizens and lauding the bravery of Ukrainians defending their homeland is staggering.
‘Hold Police Accountable’
Among the more appalling lines from the president’s speech was when he tried to rewrite history and convince the American people the Democratic party stands for “funding the police.” For two years his party slashed police budgets and left Americans unsafe in their communities. Millions have since purchased firearms to protect themselves and their families from violent criminals. President Biden spoke of a horrible tragedy in New York City that struck the nation.
“I recently visited the New York City Police Department days after the funerals of Officer Wilbert Mora and his partner, Officer Jason Rivera. They were responding to a 9-1-1 call when a man shot and killed them with a stolen gun,” the president said. “Let’s come together to protect our communities, restore trust, and hold law enforcement accountable.”
The “man,” as the president described him, who murdered Officers Mora and Rivera was a known criminal with a mile-long criminal history who was out on probation from a 2003 felony conviction. In the thirteen lines he devoted to this horrible murder, and the countless others across the country, the president said nothing about holding criminals to account for their crimes or urging prosecutors to get tough on crime.
The president’s speech included more gun control throw-away lines full of falsehoods. He’s attempted to appease national gun control groups that have grown frustrated because America is rejecting increased gun control.
The president’s gun control plans from his address once again show his administration isn’t serious about the real problems facing America, including crime. His willingness to repeat lies is nothing more than an attempt to rob the American people of their rights.