In remarks to reporters on Thanksgiving, President Joe Biden once again attacked Americans’ Second Amendment rights — claiming that allowing “semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick” and vowing to ban them.
During his Thanksgiving vacation — while visiting a fire station on Nantucket Island and bringing pies to firefighters for their holiday celebration — Biden stopped to speak with reporters.
“The idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick,” the president said. “It has no, no social redeeming value. Zero.”
Biden was also asked about the recent shooting at a Walmart, in which one of the store’s managers allegedly opened fire on several of the store’s employees with a handgun, killing six. In response to the deadly massacre, the president shared his thoughts on gun control.
“Not a single solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers,” he said, continuing his comments attacking the idea of Americans being allowed to purchase semiautomatic firearms.
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BIDEN: “The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick.” pic.twitter.com/pFyQcNXklW
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 24, 2022
Biden also vowed to continue pushing Congress to ban so-called “assault weapons” — a favorite phrase of the Democrats, which has never been clearly defined and has apparently evolved to refer to any semiautomatic firearm, which includes most modern guns.
Biden now calling for a ban on all semiautomatic weapons. That's most modern guns. pic.twitter.com/bVozVk3EbZ
— Kostas Moros (@MorosKostas) November 24, 2022
“I’m going to do it whenever – I’ve got to make that assessment as I get in and start counting votes,” the president said.
It is unclear how Biden plans to enact such a ban, as Republicans will be taking control of the House of Representatives in January. Unless he manages to convince enough Republican congressmen to sign on to such legislation, which would mean turning against the will of their own voter base, any ban on semiautomatic weapons would be dead-on-arrival in a GOP-controlled House.
Nonetheless, the president has repeatedly pledged to ban so-called “assault weapons.”
“Who in God’s name to have — needs to have a — the ability to fire anywhere from 30 to 200 rounds and five times the speed that come out of a regular — a regular rifle or bu- — or pistol?” Biden ranted at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania in October.
Critics blasted the president on Twitter for his remarks.
One Twitter user shared a screenshot of a news article entitled “Man who accidentally left 300,000 guns for Taliban gives lecture on gun control,” referring to Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan — which involved leaving behind approximately $7.12 billion worth of military equipment, including over 258,000 rifles and 56,000 machine guns.
— Max (@SteveBoldry) November 24, 2022
“So… semiautomatic is a single-shot mechanism. That’s got to be almost all guns owned by the public. Commies can go pound sand on this,” said Kyle Becker, CEO of Becker News.
“‘We allow…’ That should put a shiver down every American’s spine. The government doesn’t allow us to do anything. We allow the government to run within the confines of the U.S. Constitution. That’s it,” one Twitter user responded.
“Cool Mr. President. So you’ll be giving up your secret service armed with semiautomatic pistols, right?” another user asked.
“Ah so only Ukrainians get to have American weapons,” another critic wrote.