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President Joe Biden renewed his call for a ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines in his State of the Union address.
“I call on Congress to enact proven measures to reduce gun violence,” Biden said during his first official State of the Union address on Tuesday night. “Pass universal background checks. Why should anyone on a terrorist list be able to buy a gun? Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”
“You think deer wear a Kevlar vest?” Biden said, going from the pre-released transcript of the speech.
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Biden added a call to “repeal the liability shield that makes gun manufacturers the only industry in America that cannot be sued.”
“These laws do not violate the Second Amendment,” Biden said. “They save lives.”
Biden’s comments were immediately slammed by conservatives on social media who have often accused his administration of trying to violate the Second Amendment.
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“Joe Biden wants to take your guns,” Republican Rep. Jim Banks tweeted shortly after Biden made the gun comment.
“Biden wants your guns,” Young Americans for Liberty tweeted.
Republican Rep. Thomas Massie called Biden’s claim about the liability of gunmakers a “lie”.
“Big Biden Lie: Gun makers are the only industry that can’t be sued,” Massie tweeted. “Truth: If weapons malfunction, manufacturers can be sued. Vaccines don’t!”
“Biden is just lying about the ‘liability shield’ for gun makers,” radio host and former CIA analyst Buck Sexton tweeted. “No other industry is held responsible for the criminal use of their product. But its base is full of hysterics who hate gun owners, so the facts don’t matter.”
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Biden’s gun control remarks were praised by many liberals on Twitter, including Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Moore.
“Grateful for @potus talk about meaningful ways to reduce gun violence, like passing universal background checks and banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines,” Moore tweeted during the speech. “We need these measures now.
Biden has repeatedly called for a ban on assault weapons, including in a speech last month when he claimed no amendment was “absolute.”
“We’re talking like. There’s no absolute amendment,” Biden said. “When the amendment was passed, it didn’t say anyone could own a gun, any kind of gun, and any kind of weapon. You couldn’t buy a cannon when this amendment passed, so there’s no reason you could buy certain assault weapons, but that’s another issue.
Biden’s claim regarding the specifics of the banned guns was widely questioned on social media and received “Four Pinocchios” from The Washington Post in 2021.