More Evidence That Biden Doesn’t Care About the Facts

More Evidence That Biden Doesn’t Care About the Facts

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden claimed in a recent tweet that bans on semi-automatic firearms, mislabeled as “assault weapons,” save lives, despite the fact that research has proven the contrary. “26 years ago today, the Senate passed 10-year bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines—it was an effort I was proud to champion. These bans saved lives, and Congress should have never let them expire. As president, I’ll take on the [National Rifle Association] and we’ll ban them once again,” read Biden’s tweet. Biden’s comments reference the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which banned the manufacture of semi-automatic rifles, handguns, and shotguns for civilian use, and sunset in 2004. His remarks, however, are contrary to data released during his tenure as vice president in the Obama administration. A 2013 study from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that “[d]efensive use of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence.” The study also stated that “[a]lmost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as a common as offensive uses by criminals.” This is not a lone piece of research, either. An independent study commissioned by the National Institute of Justice in 2004, just after the “assault weapons” ban sunset, determined that “we cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence.” It should be said that the politically loaded phrase “gun violence” is actually a reference to the criminal misuse of firearms. Firearms, in and of themselves, […]

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