Democrats have gone into full gun-grab mode in a way they haven’t before.
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Joe Biden, who usually says exactly what he’s thinking, even appeared to call for a ban on handguns the other day. As violence and crime escalate daily across the country, Biden and Democrats want to leave Americans defenseless because that’s what socialists do.
President Joe Biden said a 9mm bullet “blows the lung out of the body” while discussing options on gun legislation on Monday, prompting some to suggest he was calling for handguns to be banned.
Biden made the remarks while speaking to reporters outside the White House, a day after he and first lady Jill Biden visited Uvalde, Texas, and comforted families grieving the 19 children and two teachers who were killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school last week.
The president has urged Congress to pass broader gun measures, such as new ban on assault weapons or universal background checks on gun purchases.
On Monday, Biden said the assault weapons ban in the 1990s had “significantly cut down mass murders.”
And he recalled a visit to a New York trauma hospital when he was a Senator conducting hearings on what “rational gun laws” should be.
“When I first started doing hearings on the issue of what rational gun laws should be, it was during a period when I was a Senator and the death rate was going up,” Biden said.
“And I sat with a trauma doctor, and I asked him—I said, ‘What’s the difference?’… I said, ‘Why are they dying?’ And they showed me x-rays. He said, ‘A .22-caliber bullet will lodge in the lung, and we can probably get it out, may be able to get it, and save the life. A 9mm bullet blows the lung out of the body.’
Republicans are pushing back on plans from the left, though.
On Thursday, Republican Representative Greg Steube displayed his guns as the House Judiciary Committee discussed modest measures to prevent gun violence in the aftermath of several recent mass shootings.
In a videoconference from Florida, Doug Staube pulled out three firearms as he objected specifically to certain restrictions on magazines in the package.
A representative present at the hearing expressed the hope that the gun wasn’t loaded, to which Steube replied he was at home and that he “can do whatever I want with my guns.”
Rep. Greg Steube shows guns (virtually) during House Judiciary Cmte markup on gun legislation.
Rep. @JacksonLeeTX18: "I hope that is not loaded."
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The meeting occurred amid recent mass shootings that have taken place in a hospital in Oklahoma, an elementary school in Texas, and a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. In the wake of the attacks, Democrats have renewed their calls for gun bans, but Republicans remain steadfastly behind the 2nd Amendment, focusing on school safety and mental health concerns.
During the hearing, Democratic representatives discussed the “Protecting Our Kids Act,” which seeks to “provide for an increased age limit on the purchase of certain firearms, prevent gun trafficking, modernize the prohibition on untraceable firearms, encourage the safe storage of firearms, and for other purposes.” The package includes a proposal to make it “unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess” high-capacity magazines.
Steube’s speech came after hours of objections from Republicans and support from Democrats to the legislation package. His firearm display included a SIG Sauer P226 pistol, a SIG Sauer 320, and a SIG Sauer P365 XL that he said would be affected by magazine restrictions.
“The Left continues to politicize tragedies by pushing legislation that erodes our constitutional rights,” Steube said in a statement to reporters. “Today I exposed the Democrats’ gun grab bill by illustrating how their proposed magazine bans effectively bans most handguns. These measures would do nothing to prevent the tragedies often cited, and would only hurt law-abiding citizens.
“The people who are offended are the same ones that want to take a shredder to the Constitution,” Steube continued. “Floridians elected me to defend our constitutional rights and I’m doing just that.”
The sponsor of the package, Jerrold Nadler, asked Steube repeatedly after the display to yield for a question, but Steube refused. Steube mentioned President Biden’s recent statement that a 9mm bullet “blows the lung out of the body” before showing his firearms.
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“So the idea of these high-caliber weapons is of—there’s simply no rational basis for it in terms of thinking about self-protection, hunting…and remember, the Constitution, the Second Amendment was never absolute,” Biden declared. “You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed. You couldn’t go out and purchase a lot of weapons.”
Apparently referring to Democratic proposals, Steube said, “They want to take away law-abiding citizens’ ability to purchase the firearm of their choice, and don’t let them fool you that they are not attempting to take away your ability to purchase handguns.”
Democrat policies have resulted in a more dangerous America. There’s no way they’re taking away our right to own the types firearms we need to defend ourselves in it.