During his speech this week, President Joe Biden called for more stringent firearm control laws, claiming the Second Amendment allows for restrictions on gun ownership.
In the aftermath of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 students and two teachers, President Biden revealed his plans for a future trip to Texas with First Lady Jill Biden.
“As a country, we must all be there for them. Everyone. And when will we do what needs to be done too if not completely end, fundamentally change the amount of bloodshed that happens in this country? I’m sick and tired of it.”
While serving as vice president and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden called for these gun control laws to pass in order to have a “significant influence” on the number of deaths in America.
“While they will most certainly not prevent every tragedy, we are certain that some of them would have a huge influence and no negative impact on the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment is not absolute. You couldn’t own a cannon or other weapons when it was passed. There have always been restrictions, to begin with. These steps that we’ve taken before save lives and might do so again. I believe it’s wrong for an 18-year-old to be able to walk into a shop and purchase weapons designed and marketed to kill people. It goes against common sense.”
Biden has repeatedly asserted that a cannon could not be lawfully acquired when the Second Amendment was ratified. The statement was made last month when Biden announced his administration’s new regulation requiring background checks and serial numbers for so-called “ghost guns,” firearms that are unregistered and untraceable.
During his 2020 presidential campaign, he made the same assertion in an effort to get a national background check requirement for all gun sales and a ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The Washington Post awarded his claim of private citizens owning cannons during the country’s founding four Pinocchios, confirming that there was no federal law prohibiting individuals from having certain guns at the time.