During his State of the Union address on Wednesday, President Biden silenced naysayers who have doubted his ability to string together limitless consecutive false statements as he discussed gun control legislation.
“We need a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Don’t tell me it cannot be done. We did it before and it worked,” Biden said, referencing the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons ban that had no effect on firearm homicide rates or the number of mass shootings. According to a 2014 study, “murder rates were 19.3% higher when the Federal ban was in effect.”
“Talk to most responsible gun owners and hunters,” Biden continued, presumably defining “responsible” as “supports more gun laws.”
“They will tell you there is no possible justification for having 100 rounds in a weapon,” Biden said, implying that the onus is on the individual to explain why they should have rights, not on the government to explain why those rights should be restricted.
Biden then addressed his ideal gun legislation and the Constitution, unintentionally supporting the idea that the Washington Post ended its Biden fact-checking base out of a lack of manpower.
“No amendment to the Constitution is absolute,” Biden said, causing viewers to be nervous about his views on the 13th amendment.
“You can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.” Biden continued, citing an analogy used by Supreme Court Justice Holmes in the since-overturned U.S. v. Schenk (1919).
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“From the very beginning there are certain guns, weapons that could not be owned by Americans. Certain people could not own those weapons ever,” Biden continued, ignoring that the first national gun law was not until the 1934 National Firearms Act, and that the 2nd Amendment only applied to the federal government until the 14th Amendment.
These erroneous statements were used as the foundation for Biden’s erroneous conclusion: “We are not changing the Constitution. We are being reasonable.”