Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Biden’s Meandering, Sometimes Incoherent, SOTU Inevitably Includes Attack on 2A

Monday, February 13, 2023

Biden’s Meandering, Sometimes Incoherent, SOTU Inevitably Includes Attack on 2A

Joe Biden gave another State of the Union (SOTU) speech last week, and, as most anticipated, it included an attack on our right to keep and bear arms.  Biden has hammered away at this theme throughout his term in the White House, and there was nothing in his latest broadside against gun owners that showed any more insight, nuance, or understanding of the subject than his prior efforts.

Apparently, not only can you not teach an old dog new tricks, you cannot teach an old politician to update his script.

Biden speeches are well known for a number of characteristics, and most of them work against taking him seriously.  As is typical, he yelled angrily at times, garbled words, jumped randomly from subject to subject, seemed to verbally attack members of the audience, and leaned theatrically toward the microphone for emphasis.

Then, of course, there were a number of his trademark gaffes.  He was barely off the first screen of his teleprompter when he referred to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as the Minority Leader.

But the one “policy proposal” that virtually everyone has learned to expect, and on which Biden again delivered, was a call for banning guns.  Not just more anti-gun laws, but specifically banning guns.  It happens incredibly frequently, even when he is making a speech about unrelated subjects.

So we were not the least bit surprised to hear Biden yell, “Band [sic] assault weapons’ now!” 

We also were not the least bit surprised to see him put his call for a ban into the context of not just banning semi-automatic rifles, but also banning semi-automatic handguns.

Immediately prior to demanding a ban, Biden had been talking about a recent horrific crime in California (where laws regulating firearms are a gun prohibitionist’s dream), and praised (rightfully) the actions of a young man named Brandon Tsay, who disarmed a murderer.

Biden twice referenced the murderer using a semi-automatic pistol, then immediately transitioned to shouting for his “ban.”

The particular firearm used in that crime could also have been described, under California law, as an “assault weapon.” So it was notable that Biden didn’t emphasize that point but instead switched back and forth between “semi-automatic pistol” and “assault weapon,” as if the terms were inherently interchangeable.

It is important to remember that the original idea behind mislabeling certain semi-automatic firearms as “assault weapons” was to blur the distinction between popular semi-automatic rifle platforms like AR’s and AK’s and actual machine guns.  This was made clear in the late 1980s, when gun-ban advocate Josh Sugarmann noted about AR and AK platform rifles:

“The 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.”

Now it seems Biden and his anti-gun handlers are trying to expand the “confusion” to include any semi-automatic, not just popular rifles that happen to look like the fully automatic rifles used in the military.  This apparent intent to expand “confusion” is supported by Biden’s desire to ban 9mm semi-autos, arguably the most popular type of handgun purchased by law-abiding citizens for self-defense.  It is also supported by Biden implying that anyone who owns a semi-auto—the vast majority whom are law-abiding gun owners—is “sick.”

Biden will typically exploit the occasion of any high-profile firearm-related crime, no matter what sort of gun was involved, to reflexively call for a ban on “assault weapons.”

But last week – when delivering a scripted, practiced speech to Congress and the nation – he explicitly used the term “semi-automatic pistol” before segueing into a call to ban “assault weapons.” This appeared too calculated to be just another Biden gaffe. Biden now seems to be expanding the ever-malleable term “assault weapon” to include America’s most popular types of semi-automatic handguns, as well as its most popular types of semi-automatic rifles.

Fortunately, Americans seem to be catching on to Biden’s shtick.  A recent poll showed that Biden is underwater when it comes to support for banning America’s most popular guns, with a majority of 51% opposed to the concept. This may well be because the public is now wise to the slight of hand the gun ban lobby used to confuse machine guns and semi-automatic rifles and better educated on the dynamics of firearm-related crime.

For example, it is understood that – horrific as they are – public mass murders committed with firearms remain quite rare. Meanwhile, the much more frequent sorts of firearm-related homicides that rarely get national attention tend to be concentrated among a notably small subset of crime-involved individuals in relatively discrete geographic areas and to involve ordinary handguns. This doesn’t mean such crime is not a serious problem, but it does mean the risk to the public at large, or the criminal misuse of semi-automatic rifles, is not as great as the typical firearm prohibitionist would have you believe. And it also means robotic incantations to “ban assault weapons” will not get at the heart of the problem.

Although public support for banning guns may be on a steady decline, don’t expect that to lead to Biden making any changes to his marquee proposal to undermine the Second Amendment.  It may be the only position he has not changed in more than a half-century of his Washington, D.C., political career.

TRENDING NOW
NRA Scores Legal Victory Against ATF; “Pistol Brace Rule” Enjoined From Going Into Effect Against NRA Members

Monday, April 1, 2024

NRA Scores Legal Victory Against ATF; “Pistol Brace Rule” Enjoined From Going Into Effect Against NRA Members

NRA Members Among the Largest Class Protected from Draconian Rule

Fallout from Trudeau’s Gun Grab: Crime is Up, Number of Gun Ranges Drops

News  

Monday, June 17, 2024

Fallout from Trudeau’s Gun Grab: Crime is Up, Number of Gun Ranges Drops

In Canada, a ban on over 1,500 firearm makes, models and variants, together with a mandatory government confiscation (“buyback”) requirement, was imposed by Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over four years ago. 

NRA Releases Statement on Rahimi Decision

Friday, June 21, 2024

NRA Releases Statement on Rahimi Decision

Today, in United States v. Rahimi, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal prohibition on firearms possession by individuals subject to domestic violence restraining orders.

U.S. Supreme Court invalidates ATF Rule Classifying Bump Stocks as Machineguns

Friday, June 14, 2024

U.S. Supreme Court invalidates ATF Rule Classifying Bump Stocks as Machineguns

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unlawfully exceeded its authority by classifying bump stocks as machineguns.

NRA Files Amicus Brief with Ninth Circuit in Challenge to California’s Billy Club Ban

Friday, June 14, 2024

NRA Files Amicus Brief with Ninth Circuit in Challenge to California’s Billy Club Ban

Today, NRA filed an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of a challenge to California’s prohibition on the possession of billy clubs.

Still no Trace of the Truth

News  

Monday, June 17, 2024

Still no Trace of the Truth

In our first installment of a critical analysis of an anti-gun propaganda podcast series from The Trace, we covered the lies, misinformation, and deceptive emotional arguments made in the first four episodes. 

NRA Secures Landmark Legal Victory; Supreme Court Unanimously Rules for NRA in First Amendment Case Against Former New York Regulator

News  

Thursday, May 30, 2024

NRA Secures Landmark Legal Victory; Supreme Court Unanimously Rules for NRA in First Amendment Case Against Former New York Regulator

The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) scored a historic legal victory today in one of the most closely followed First Amendment cases in the nation. In a stinging rebuke of New York’s “blacklisting campaign” against ...

Bob Barr Elected NRA President, Doug Hamlin Elected to Serve as NRA Executive Vice President & CEO

News  

Monday, May 20, 2024

Bob Barr Elected NRA President, Doug Hamlin Elected to Serve as NRA Executive Vice President & CEO

Today, the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association of America elected former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr as President of the NRA and Doug Hamlin as NRA Executive Vice President & CEO. The meeting ...

Delaware: Senate Committee Passes Legislation to Restrict Firearms on College Campuses and Properties!

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Delaware: Senate Committee Passes Legislation to Restrict Firearms on College Campuses and Properties!

Last night, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 311, restricting firearms on college campuses and college-owned properties, even for concealed carry permit holders. This legislation is now eligible for a floor vote. Please contact your state ...

Kansas: Legislators Seize Special Session Opportunity to Start Discussion for 2025 Session

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Kansas: Legislators Seize Special Session Opportunity to Start Discussion for 2025 Session

Last month, Gov. Laura Kelly called a special session of the Kansas Legislature to deal with tax issues. The special session adjourned this week, lasting less than 24 hours. Despite the brevity, pro-gun Senators J.R. ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.