Editing in Cruz Video Distorts Biden’s Position on Guns

President Joe Biden opposes the sale of assault weapons, and he supports a mandatory federal registry and a voluntary buyback program for all legally purchased assault weapons. But a video shared on Twitter by Sen. Ted Cruz leaves the false impression Biden wants to confiscate all guns. The video, which Cruz dubbed “The Real State of the Union,” was released on April 27, the eve of Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress. It includes a clip of a speech from the Republican senator saying, “They [Democrats] want to pack the U.S. Supreme Court with four left-wing radicals, to destroy our free speech, destroy religious liberty, destroy and seek to erase the Second Amendment.” The video then cuts to CNN’s Anderson Cooper saying to Biden, “To gun owners out there who say, well, a Biden administration means they’re going to come for my guns.” The video then shows Biden’s immediate response: “Bingo.” Left out is Biden’s full answer , which makes clear he was referring only to the purchase of semi-automatic firearms, or so-called assault weapons. Cooper, Aug. 6, 2019: So, to gun owners out there who say, “Well, a Biden administration means they’re going to come for my guns” — Biden: Bingo. You’re right, if you have an assault weapon. The fact of the matter is they should be illegal, period. Look, the Second Amendment doesn’t say you can’t restrict the kinds of weapons people can own. You can’t buy a bazooka. You can’t have a […]

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