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The President is on the loose again, uttering nonsense about the Second Amendment. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, we have a problem.

President Joe Biden spoke to a collection of political donors as he’s gearing up his 2024 re-election campaign and used his gun control grindstone to churn out well-worn and discredited Second Amendment tropes. The problem is – it’s all malarky. No kidding, man.

President Joe Biden might just be the lying dog-face pony soldier he accuses others of being.

F-16s and AR-15s

The president belittled Americans who agree that the Second Amendment exists to prevent a tyrannical government from usurping power from the people.

“You know, I love these guys who say the Second Amendment is — you know, the tree of liberty is water with the blood of patriots. Well, if [you] want to do that, you want to work against the government, you need an F-16. You need something else than just an AR-15,” said President Biden according to Fox News.

Aside from the veiled threat to use actual weapons of war against the American people, President Biden’s swipe at Americans who value their rights was intended to target the lawful ownership of modern sporting rifles (MSRs). There are over 24.4 million MSRs in circulation today. They’re the most popular-selling centerfire rifle in America.

Second Thoughts on the Second Amendment 

“We have to change,” President Biden said. “There’s a lot of things we can change, because the American people by and large agree you don’t need a weapon of war. I’m a Second Amendment guy. I taught it for four years, six years in law school. And guess what? It doesn’t say that you can own any weapon you want. It says there are certain weapons that you just can’t own. Even during when it was passed, you couldn’t own a cannon. You can’t own a machine gun.… No, I’m serious.”

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Former Vice President Joe Biden (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

First, he’s overselling his authority as a law professor. President Biden briefly served as Benjamin Franklin Presidential Professor of the Practice at the University of Pennsylvania for two years between his terms as vice president and his campaign for The White House, according to a fact check by the Austin American-Statesman. He was paid $900,000 and his duties “involved no regular classes and around a dozen public appearances on campus, mostly in big, ticketed events,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

His description as a “Second Amendment guy” might come as a surprise to other “Second Amendment guys.” That doesn’t normally include ideas like universal background checks that would require a national firearm owner registry, restrictions that would ban entire classes of firearms, repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) to allow frivolous lawsuits against firearm manufacturers for the criminal misuse of lawfully sold firearms by remote third parties or – as the president points out here – a clear ignorance of the National Firearms Act.

Fox News reported, correctly, that the Second Amendment makes no mention of firearm restrictions. Gun control laws at the federal level didn’t start until 1934 when the National Firearms Act was signed by President Franklin Roosevelt. That’s 143 years later.

Americans can legally own machine guns, although it is extremely restricted. No automatic firearm produced after May 1986 is available for commercial sale but those produced before then can be – and are – legally owned. Owners have to pay a $200 tax stamp and register them with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

When it comes to cannons, well, President Biden blasted that one too. It was legal to own a cannon when the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791. It’s still legal to own one today.

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President Biden made the same erroneous claim in April 2022 and in June of 2021, when The Washington Post fact checked him on that one. He earned “Four Pinocchios,” writing “Biden has already been fact-checked on this claim — and it’s been deemed false. We have no idea where he conjured up this notion about a ban on cannon ownership in the early days of the Republic, but he needs to stop making this claim.”

Rapid-Fire Falsehoods

None of this is new. President Biden, who claims to own two shotguns, is hardly the Second Amendment expert he presents himself to be. He once told his wife she should “fire two blasts” of a shotgun blindly into the air if she felt threatened. That’s terrible and dangerous legal advice. Among the four fundamental firearm safety rules is to know your target and what is beyond.

This advice was actually invoked in a court case, where the accused, Jeffrey Barton, was charged with aggravated assault. Prosecutors ended up dropping those charges and instead charged him with police obstruction, of which he was convicted.

Joe Biden Gun Pose
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President Biden once argued to ban 9mm GLOCKs, claiming in an interview with Charlie Rose that he could kill more people with a .38-caliber revolver. He also oddly told police they should shoot “unarmed” attacking criminals wielding knives “in the leg.” Police ripped that suggestion. Fox News reported the Fraternal Order of Police said it was “completely ridiculous,” “unrealistic” and a “pandering talking point.”

President Biden didn’t stop there. He believes that 9mm handguns are especially dangerous.

“A 9mm bullet blows the lung out of the body,” President Biden said. “The idea of a high caliber weapon, there is simply no rational basis for it in terms of self-protection, hunting.”

The president’s 9mm claim was debunked as “bullsh*t,” by a federal agent with 15 years of service. Another with 20 years said, “Not possible.” A 21-year veteran of the U.S. Marshal fugitive recovery task force told Breitbart that President Biden’s claim is, “… not even in the realm of possibility.”

That’s the problem with President Biden. He’s living in a fantasy world of utter nonsense.


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. Regarding “weapons of war” – SCOTUS in US v. Miller (1939) unanimously opined that weapons of efficacy to the military are specifically protected via the introductory statement of the 2nd Amendment for the People. So please, stop saying the AR-15 (or all semiautomatic rifles) are not weapons of war. They were and are. All firearms have dual purpose efficacy.

    • Let’s attack their claim about “weapons of war” by quoting the founding fathers in the Federalist Papers by underscoring that the American people – all being militia save for a select few – are SUPPOSED to be better armed than ANY select military body directly employed by the federal government!!

      So all them F-15’s and nukes BELONG TO US, and we will be FAR MORE RESPONSIBLE in their safe handling (and affiliated ordnance) than the government is!

  2. I don’t know why this is newsworthy. People who back the left just want guns ogone. I’m sure there’s a bunch who knows it’s one big lie. THEY DONT CARE if it’s fits the agenda.

  3. you need an F-16.

    And the F-16 needs 17 hours of maintenance per flight hour. How many of those pilots and technicians, if ordered to target civilians, would perform their duty? Most of those F-16s are sitting parked next to each other at ANG sites. Easy pickings?

    If push comes to shove and we have a second revolution/civil war, the government doesn’t stand a chance. The government must maintain the appearance of control and must have communications for it’s propaganda machine. The very first indication we are going there is the entire power grid will go down and it won’t come back. Good luck trying to maintain control then. It’s not like we will be massing on the battlefield and presenting a great target for those F-16s.

    • What they drop is 100% guaranteed to hit the ground. Somewhere. Nifty go fast and get to the O-club.

      Now the A-10, that’s entirely different abd something for targets on the ground to be concerned about.

  4. RE: “Fox News reported, correctly, that the Second Amendment makes no mention of firearm restrictions. Gun control laws at the federal level didn’t start until 1934 when the National Firearms Act was signed by President Franklin Roosevelt. That’s 143 years later.”

    Jim Crow Gun Control joe runs to Gun Control while his son skates on a charge that has put others in jail. And just as bad IMO there are some useless blowbag gun owners who eagerly attempt to dismiss The History of Gun Control. That’s dumber than trying to dismiss the aforementioned History of The Second Amendment. Of course state Gun Control dates back to slavery, etc…another fact in History a turd like void-noid is too ignorant to grasp.

    • Silence serf and go plow my fields I have other peasants to oppress. Golly pre US history is sure lacking in racism but still has slavery and genocide galore. Mouth off when you learn something you worthless wannabe gun karen.

      • void-noid…The Gun Control I have noted for a very long time is and has always been pertinent to American History…Pay Attention you pathetic pasty mouth history illiterate punk.

  5. I don’t know, the lung thing could happen. I never saw it with 9mm, but I shot a nice 9 PT with my Encore once that came close. It was loaded with a Hornady polymer tipped “Loc-n-Load” 250 gr with three Pyrodex pellets on the stem. (If you hunt with a modern ML this is a great load. Hold on hair out to 250 yards) I had to wait for the smoke to clear, but I knew he was down. Heard him crash. My partner heard the shot and came to me. I said, “He’s about 40 yards over there.” As he followed me I heard him say, “Look at this”. He was holding a chunk of lung about the size of his palm.

  6. “Well, if [you] want to do that, you want to work against the government, you need an F-16.”

    President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his brother could not be reached for comment.

  7. Biden would do to remember that every super power has lost their attempts to subjegate a population with their f-16s and in fact lost significant blood and treasure before going home tail between legs.

    Afghanistan again

    America again

    • What superpower are you referring to as far as Rhodesia is concerned. They all turned their backs on the Rhodesians.

  8. So the same guy that tucked tail and ran from a bunch of goat herders with AK-47’s thinks his high dollar weapons will fare better at home? Sorry Joe, while I used to respect the US military and still respect those who have and currently serve, you may want to check the record on how many conflicts they have won since 1945. Besides, you don’t fight tanks, or aircraft with rifles. You take out the soft skinned, slow moving supply convoys and fuel trucks.
    And Biden might want to remember, if it does come down to a civil war, the military he thinks will go out and confront us might be more concerned with protecting their own families.
    Targeting civilians will result in dispersed guerilla actions

    • Yep. Be careful who you wage war with. This old man in ILLANNOY isn’t picky…🙄

  9. Mark my words. We’re getting rid of a three-letter word: G-U-N-S. Guns! No, really. I’m not joking. No one fucks with a Biden. I learned my values at the dinner table in Scranton. I used to drive a truck. I swear to God. It’s a long story.

  10. Lol the peon yaps again, yes you mentioned one contestant in the oppression Olympics covering a century or two of relevancy. But you are so stuck in your special olympics that you fail to see that no amount of education will ever prevent those after power from taking it from those unwilling to see it. Race is barely relevant and often the worst genocides are done on the same race of people who merely have a different language, faith, or culture. But yes wallow in your magic words and false hope but do not expect anyone to take you seriously especially with how much of a twatwaffle you tend to become in any constructive discussion.

  11. I am reminded of the old bumper sticker, “They won’t take your deer rifle, they’ll call it a sniper rifle””

    • Ironically, Long Range shooting is one of the fastest growth sports in the firearms community.

  12. What’s also made up, glossed over and total pretend, that Biden isn’t cognitively challenged. The man is a mess and has no business being the commander-in-chief. He’s a mess and everyone knows it. If shit hits the fan and we need real leadership, who in hell is going to do it? Certainly not Kamala, she’s an idiot and Biden is a mess. I’d feel better them bringing in Obama. God helps us.

      • This is true. Not that I’d wish harm to Biden and Kamala, really I wouldn’t, they would both have to be unable to discharge the duties for the Speaker to assume command. sigh

  13. I wish Judge Benitez would get his ass off his hands and release the decision he’s had a full year to work on.

  14. Can you imagine Biden teaching a class? I wouldn’t take driver’s ed from his bumbling a$$

  15. Do you think it could be that dacian the DUNDERHEAD and MINOR Miner49er could be White House plants?

  16. “That’s the problem with President Biden. He’s living in a fantasy world of utter nonsense.”
    No, the problem with Joey is he say’s stupid and stupid people believe him. You know, like the folks on the View and CNN and MSNBC and et.

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