Biden’s canards get creamed by firearms community leaders

Joe Biden is in trouble with the gun community for his erroneous remarks about guns and the firearms industry during his State of the Union address. (Screen snip, YouTube, PBS)

Fact-checkers and gun rights leaders are taking Joe Biden to the woodshed over remarks he made near the end of his two-hour-long State of the Union address Tuesday night during which he repeated an already-discredited prevarication about the gun industry, and renewed his demand for a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and ammunition magazines.

His allegation that a federal law, known as the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), “makes gun manufacturers the only industry in America that can’t be sued” was quickly and sharply rebutted by Lawrence Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

“The president and his speechwriters are knowingly lying to the American people to peddle more gun control,” Keane wrote in a strongly-worded Op-Ed.

And Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, weighed in with this scathing observation: “His claim that bans on so-called ‘assault weapons’ and original capacity magazines are ‘proven measures’ to reduce violent crime is demonstrably untrue. Just look at the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

“And we should note these are the same kinds of guns and magazines Ukrainian citizens are using to defend their freedom from a savage enemy bent on killing innocent civilians including women and children,” Gottlieb stated.

Biden is a career gun prohibitionist, who has been taken to task repeatedly by Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler, and the State of the Union address is no exception. Referring to the PLCAA comment, Kessler wrote, “The 2005 law does not guarantee blanket immunity, and it has some exceptions. Manufacturers or dealers can be sued if they knowingly sold a product that would be used to commit a crime. They can be sued if they were negligent in selling the product to someone they knew was unfit (such as a child or someone who was drunk). They can be sued for another technical negligence claim (“negligence per se”) that relates to the violation of a safety statute.”

Both Keane and Gottlieb took Biden to task for his flippant remark—a departure from the script—that there is no need for a high-capacity magazine for deer hunting (“You think the deer are wearing Kevlar vests?”) by reminding readers the Second Amendment is not and never was about hunting.

“Biden’s remark about deer and Kevlar vests was intended to perpetuate the myth that the Second Amendment is about hunting,” Gottlieb stated. “If he honestly believes the right to keep and bear arms is protected by the Constitution just so we can head to a duck blind, he needs remedial courses on U.S. history and constitutional law.”

“The president – and national gun control groups writ large – mistakenly believe the Second Amendment has anything to do with deer hunting. It doesn’t,” Keane concurred. “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.”

For his gun control comments, Biden has earned a failing grade.


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