Washington, DC – President Joe Biden went on a bizarre rant about 9mm bullets on Monday afternoon and suggested that lawmakers should further restrict ownership of the most popular handgun caliber in the United States (video below).
President Biden met with reporters on the White House lawn on May 30 after he returned from visiting the memorial for the 19 children and two teachers murdered at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the New York Post reported.
He was asked about gun control legislation negotiations with the GOP and said he hadn’t been involved, but then began to spew off his thoughts on limiting firearms that Americans can own.
“I know that it makes no sense to be able to purchase something that can fire up to 300 rounds…” the President told reporters. “ There’s only one reason for something that can fire 100 shots.”
Then he recalled visiting with a New York trauma surgeon 25 years ago when he was a U.S. senator for the state of Delaware and was holding hearings on gun laws.
“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,” President Biden said. “A 9mm bullet blows the lung out of the body.”
“So the idea of these high-caliber weapons is, uh, there’s simply no rational basis for it in terms of thinking about self-protection, hunting,” the president continued.
“And remember, the Constitution, the Second Amendment, was never absolute,” he claimed. “You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed. You couldn’t go out and purchase a lot of weapons.”
President Biden has repeatedly made that claim and it has been debunked on each occasion, the New York Post reported.
President Biden’s comments on 9mm weapons came on the heels of Vice President Kamala Harris’ call for an assault weapons ban, the New York Post reported.
“You know what an assault weapon is? You know how an assault weapon was designed?” Harris asked after attending the funeral of one of the victims of the Buffalo grocery store shooting. “It was designed for a specific purpose — to kill a lot of human beings quickly. An assault weapon is a weapon of war with no place, no place in a civil society.”
Despite his aggressive remarks about gun control, President Biden was also careful to point blame at Congress and away from the White House, the New York Post reported.
“I can’t dictate this stuff,” he explained. “I can do the things I’ve done and any executive action I can take, I’ll continue to take. But I can’t outlaw a weapon. I can’t, you know, change the background checks. I can’t do that.”
"The 9mm bullet blows the lung out of the body." – President Joe Biden
Will the fact checkers be flagging his comment as misinformation? pic.twitter.com/fFPPf7Cv44
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) May 30, 2022
Experts have said that the President would do well to leave talking about gun control to those who actually understand the weapons that they’re talking about.
President Biden claimed he was Vice President when 17 students were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. He wasn’t.
He’s also repeatedly demonstrated his lack of basic knowledge of firearms while ardently championing gun control legislation.
First, he said Americans shouldn’t be able to possess “a magazine with 100 clips in it.”
“I believe in the Second Amendment, but nobody says you can have a round – a magazine with 100 clips in it!” he told the cheering crowd on the campaign trail.
“100 b-bullets in it,” he stammered a second later, recognizing his mistake.
Understanding basic firearms knowledge has been a struggle for President Biden in the past.
During another campaign stop in Iowa, he called for a ban on “magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them,” which would essentially outlaw most handguns, The Washington Times reported.
“The idea that we don’t have elimination of assault-type weapons, magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them is absolutely mindless,” he declared during his visit to Cedar Rapids. “It is no violation of the Second Amendment. It’s just a bow to the special interests of the gun manufacturers and the NRA.”
President Biden also demonstrated his confusion about firearms terms when he was a Presidential candidate during a Democratic fundraiser in New York.
“There is no rationale for us to have these assault weapons,” he told the 250-member crowd, according to the Washington Examiner. “Who needs a clip that can hold 100 rounds?”
On Nov. 15, 2019, the candidate proclaimed he is a supporter of the Second Amendment while simultaneously calling for a ban on “pistols with 9mm bullets” during a $2,800-per-head fundraising event.