During the Memorial Day holiday weekend, it was said that President Biden was spreading misinformation about guns and the Second Amendment.
After spending part of the weekend in Uvalde, Texas, visiting with bereaved families and local authorities, Biden reiterated his support for stricter gun control laws in the aftermath of the school massacre on Tuesday.
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— TOBY W E (@grandpatoby) May 31, 2022
However, many of his claims have prompted critics to call him out on them. This included the idea that a 9 mm bullet blows the windpipe out of the body.
Also included was Biden’s oft-repeated claim that people were not allowed to buy cannons at the time the Second Amendment was written. Both of these claims have been cited as examples.
David Hookstead of The Daily Caller made a comment on Joe Biden’s claim about 9-millimeter bullets, in which he asked the following question: “Will fact-checkers be marking his remarks as misinformation?”
In addition to his claim concerning 9 mm rounds, Biden also reiterated the false allegation that private persons were prohibited from purchasing cannons at the time the Second Amendment was drafted.
This claim has been debunked.
In response, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said the president was spreading “disinformation” when he talked about Biden’s support for stricter gun laws while on Fox News.
“When people talk about the reality of gun control, it has a genuine chilling effect.”
“You should realize that some individuals wish to propose you can easily eliminate gun violence through legislation. It’s not going to work out like that.”
Jonathan Turley and other legal scholars blast the corrupt, biased fact checkers for deliberately ignoring Joe Biden's lies, like his latest totally false piece of disinformation: https://t.co/Ff28AjoB1C
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) May 30, 2022
Debates About Common Sense
According to Turley, there are around 400 million firearms in the United States, of which 15 million are thought to be AR-15 rifles.
“However, it is also a truth that when we prohibited so-called assault weapons at that earlier time period, there was not a discernible drop in the amount of gun violence linked with it.”
“Therefore, we may have what the president refers to as a debate about common sense; nevertheless, we need to be able to deal with it in a factual, rather than just a rhetorical, manner.”
“It really has to begin with the president. Today, he reiterated a claim that is demonstrably wrong regarding the Second Amendment,” Turley went on to say.
“Many of us consistently said his claims that you could not have a cannon or other firearms when the Second Amendment was passed are incorrect. This is because his remark is based on a misunderstanding of what the law stated at the time.”
Even The Washington Post conceded it is not accurate; yet the president continues to use it as an argument for his desire for more gun control laws, despite the fact it has been debunked.
By repeating what is almost certainly false information, Biden makes his own argument less convincing.