Joe Biden had a viral moment this week when his argument with a Michigan construction worker over the candidate’s gun ban plans.
While Biden’s supporters are clinging to the “but he fights” narrative, the truth is Biden once again revealed himself as an arrogant blowhard who’d rather insult voters than actually try to engage their criticism or tough but fair questions. With everything going on in the world, though, will voters remember the exchange when it’s time to vote in November.
On today’s Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co, Townhall.com senior columnist Kurt Schlichter says “yes.” What voters will take from the exchange, he explains, is Biden’s temperament. Biden was having a great time talking with the construction workers until Jerry Wayne confronted him about his gun control platform.
That’s when Biden went from slapping backs to threatening to slap Wayne’s face, while proclaiming that he actually supports the Second Amendment, even though he wants to turn the vast majority of American gun owners into felons if they don’t hand over or try to register their legally owned modern sporting rifles and ammunition magazines that can accept more than ten rounds of ammunition.
There’s nothing common sense about Biden’s agenda, but rather than try to engage Wayne, Biden simply tried to bluff and bully his way out of the exchange before finally bailing on the conversation when Wayne asked why Biden is so focused on so-called assault weapons when handguns are used in far more crimes.
Schlichter tells me that this could be one of those moments that ends up resonating with American voters, and I hope he’s right. One thing is for sure; Wayne asked Biden the toughest question to date regarding his gun control plans, and it’s a major failing of the media that a construction worker, not a campaign correspondent, was the first to seriously grill the Democratic frontrunner on a major campaign plank.
Kurt and I also talk a little about the coronavirus and the panic that seems to be sweeping the globe at the moment. Stocks are taking a beating again on Thursday, and it’ll likely be a few more weeks before we start to turn the corner here in the United States in terms of waning cases. Right now fear is in the driver’s seat, but I do believe that as more facts are known and more Americans understand that this isn’t the end of the world, things will start to settle down.
In December of 1776, mere months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine wrote about the panic that had gripped the new United States. New York City had been lost to the British, and Washington’s forces were scrambling to make it across the Delaware before the British army caught up to them. The emotional highs of the summer of ’76 had been replaced with a deep foreboding that the war would soon be lost.
‘Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a country. All nations and ages have been subject to them. Britain has trembled like an ague at the report of a French fleet of flat-bottomed boats; and in the fourteenth [fifteenth] century the whole English army, after ravaging the kingdom of France, was driven back like men petrified with fear; and this brave exploit was performed by a few broken forces collected and headed by a woman, Joan of Arc. Would that heaven might inspire some Jersey maid to spirit up her countrymen, and save her fair fellow sufferers from ravage and ravishment! Yet panics, in some cases, have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind soon grows through them, and acquires a firmer habit than before. But their peculiar advantage is, that they are the touchstones of sincerity and hypocrisy, and bring things and men to light, which might otherwise have lain forever undiscovered. In fact, they have the same effect on secret traitors, which an imaginary apparition would have upon a private murderer. They sift out the hidden thoughts of man, and hold them up in public to the world. Many a disguised Tory has lately shown his head, that shall penitentially solemnize with curses the day on which Howe arrived upon the Delaware.
Times like these can try our souls, but Paine was right that panics aren’t long-lived. Our minds will grow through this, and will hopefully acquire firmer habits than we’ve had before.
Also on today’s show we have the story of a wild shootout at a Church’s Chicken restaurant in Memphis, an armed robber shot by his victim who received his day in court (and a 17-year prison sentence), and a New Jersey police officer in the right place at the right time to save a baby’s life.
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