Biden to push assault weapon ban during lame-duck session

Biden to push assault weapon ban during lame-duck session
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After shootings in Raleigh and the University of Virginia, President Joe Biden decided to call for an assault weapon ban. Never mind that neither shooting involved a so-called assault weapon or anything, he still used it as an opportunity to push for it.

When Colorado Springs happened, it was a golden opportunity for the doddeler-in-chief. After all, it was a shooting that reportedly used an AR-15. Now, he wan

Biden wants to push a ban through the lame-duck session of Congress.

President Biden said on Thursday that he would push Congress to enact new gun control laws before Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January.

Biden told reporters during a press event in Nantucket, Massachusetts that the recent shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Colorado had reinforced the need to pass an assault weapons ban.

“The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick,” said Biden. “It has no socially redeeming value… Not a single solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.”

Semi-automatic guns, including handguns and rifles, fire one bullet for each pull of the trigger.

Biden said he would push federal lawmakers to enact a new assault weapons ban before January when the next Congress took office and Republicans gained control of the House.

He can push, but it’s not going to happen.

Yes, Democrats still control the House for the next month and change, so I have no doubt that they’ll manage to cobble together some kind of a ban.

But Biden isn’t accounting for the GOP’s ability to stop legislation via the filibuster.

Nothing’s getting passed.

Nor should it, especially with Biden’s rather unhinged comments about semi-automatics.

First, we “allow” them to be bought and sold because the Second Amendment preserves the right to keep and bear arms. Further, the Supreme Court has ruled that it’s an individual right. While I understand that Biden rejects that, it doesn’t change the reality. His personal feelings on the subject are irrelevant.

Next, whether or not semi-automatics have any “socially redeeming value” is a matter of opinion. I don’t own firearms because they’re socially redeeming or not. I own them to protect my family from attack, including the kinds of attacks we saw in Colorado Springs.

And that gets into the rationale for why they continue to be for sale. Because we can and because they’re effective against bad guys.

What Biden doesn’t grok here is that the term “semi-automatic” doesn’t just cover AR-15s. It covers a broad spectrum of firearms from modern sporting rifles to your grandaddy’s old 1911. It also covers an impressive array of hunting rifles.

You know, those guns anti-gunners routinely tell us they’re not after?

Yeah, well, they lied.

Shocking, I know, but Biden is amazed that we “allow” such weapons for sale. He’s apparently unaware that semi-automatic firearms are well over a century old. Hell, at one time, you could order them to your home through the mail like you would a new alarm clock from Amazon.

We didn’t have mass shootings then and guns were easier to acquire. Semi-automatics were common and delivered to people’s homes.

At some point, people like Biden are going to have to accept that guns aren’t the problem, so restricting them isn’t the solution.

Or not. This is Joe Biden we’re talking about after all.