Political Editors / September 20, 2021

In Brief: Biden’s Five Favorite Gun Lies Rebutted

The president doesn’t like for you to own guns, and he’ll deceive people to take them.

The National Rifle Association is the biggest gun-rights organization in the country. Contributor Mark Chesnut explains why the fight is necessary:

In a world of growing uncertainty, there’s one thing you can count on: Nearly every time President Joe Biden (D) gets in front of a camera or audience, he’s going to tell some falsehoods about guns, gun laws, and gun owners.

Let’s take a look at a handful of his favorites, and why they miss the mark when it comes to the truth.

Chesnut lists Biden’s five favorite lies:

The 1990s Gun Ban “Worked”

Gunmakers Have Blanket Immunity From Lawsuits

Closing the “Charleston Loophole” Would Save Lives

You Don’t Need 100 Rounds to Hunt Deer

His Proposals Don’t Infringe on the Second Amendment

He elaborates on all five of those lies. As for the 90s gun ban:

His statement that the ban “worked” is, indeed, a lie. A congressionally mandated study of the federal “assault-weapon ban” of 1994 to 2004 found that the ban had no impact on crime. It concluded: “Should it be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best.” Additionally, research conducted later by the Rand Corporation found no conclusive evidence that banning so-called “assault weapons” or “large-capacity” magazines had an effect on either mass-murder events or violent crime.

Regarding the lawsuits against gunmakers:

What Biden is talking about is repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act (PLCAA), which he falsely says gives gun makers blanket immunity from being sued. Passed in 2005 with bipartisan support, the law actually was reaction to gun haters who were attempting to run gun makers out of business with frivolous lawsuits that forced manufacturers to spend millions of dollars to fight the suits. In truth, the PLCAA simply keeps gunmakers and sellers from being sued for the criminal misuse of their safe, lawfully made products.

Third, the “Charleston Loophole” is likewise a fraud:

In truth, what Biden and other gun-ban proponents call the “Charleston loophole” is a safeguard built into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) that says if the FBI does not determine that an individual is statutorily prohibited from purchasing a firearm through the “instant” background check in three working days, the firearm licensee may proceed with the sale. That so-called “loophole” is the only thing standing between the ability to purchase a gun and an FBI being able to delay any and all guns sales indefinitely.

As for the canard that anyone wants to hunt with 100 rounds, the Second Amendment isn’t about hunting.

First, the proposal the president and other gun-ban proponents are pushing is a law to outlaw magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, not 100. Furthermore, the Second Amendment protects the rights of all law-abiding gun owners, irrespective of whether or not they own those firearms for hunting. Biden’s constant blabbering about 100-round magazines and hunters is just a way to exaggerate and obfuscate the situation, and take away attention from the fact that the current proposal would ban magazines that come standard with the majority of semi-auto rifles and handguns sold today—even sub-compact handguns popular for concealed carry.

The last lie is the most important, because it’s fundamental.

nearly every proposal Biden supports would infringe on the right to keep and bear arms—exactly what the Second Amendment protects American citizens against. Biden actually knows that his proposals violate the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding American gun owners. That’s why he also strongly favors changing the make-up of the U.S. Supreme court by adding a number of justices to the current mix that would support rulings based on political ideology, rather than constitutionality. By him making such appointments, it would ensure the high court ruled against the Second Amendment for the next generation.

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