The Left is out in force (well, besides the Bernie Sanders supporters) praising Joe Biden for his profanity-laced and intellectually bankrupt argument with a Michigan union member and Second Amendment supporter in Detroit on Monday. NBC News praised Biden’s “tough talk”, while his supporters are gushing on social media over his willingness to push back when accused of trying to take away the Second Amendment.
The worker had falsely asserted that Biden wants to “end our Second Amendment right” to own guns. Biden, the author of a decade-long 1994 ban on certain semi-automatic weapons, has proposed new gun-control measures but not a repeal of the Second Amendment — which the president would have no formal role in adopting.
But the heated exchange, in which Biden threatened to slap the man and said he was “full of s—,” was just the latest example of a tough-talk tactic the former vice president has deployed repeatedly to push back on critics on the campaign trail. While allies of Trump and Bernie Sanders say the aggressive approach will backfire politically, many Democrats and some anti-Trump Republicans like the unusually muscular response.
It’s NBC News that’s falsely asserting something here. If you listen to the video, it’s clear the man questioning Biden says that he’s trying to “diminish our Second Amendment right,” not end it. And Biden’s plan to ban the manufacture and sale of the most commonly produced rifle in the country would do that, as would his requirement that existing gun owners register their AR-15’s and “high capacity” magazines with the federal government under the National Firearms Act.