Biden was describing misinformation about gun control legislation, not threatening to take away guns

Biden was describing misinformation about gun control legislation, not threatening to take away guns

If Your Time is short • Biden, then vice president, was describing in detail what he called a campaign of disinformation by the National Rifle Association, including the false idea that the government would take people’s guns. • Biden made the comment in 2013, while speaking to reporters about gun control legislation under consideration by Congress at that time. Less than six months after the December 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., left 28 people dead, then-Vice President Joe Biden stood before reporters to talk about proposed gun control legislation. Though Biden was describing what he called a campaign of disinformation by the National Rifle Association, social media users have since stripped his comments of context to make it seem like he is threatening to have the government seize people’s guns. A viral Facebook post shows a 26-second clip of Biden saying, “No way that Uncle Sam can go find out whether you own a gun because we’re about to really take away all your rights and you’re not going to be able to defend yourself and we’re going to swoop down with Special Forces folks and gather up every gun in America.” The video has a text overlay that suggests the statement was spoken as a threat: “This is how I see this going if u try,” it reads before cutting to a drill sergeant yelling in a clip from the movie “Full Metal Jacket.” The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false […]

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