Joe Biden renews call for gun ban, attacks NRA and calls popular rifles “weapons of war”

Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns with Beto O’Rourke, who Biden has said with “lead” his gun control effort.

WILMINGTON, DE – With America’s political left pushing to “defund the police” former Vice President Joe Biden yesterday doubled down on his call to ban a wide array of firearms in America. The call for a gun ban comes as data shows more and more Americans sought to purchase guns to take responsibility for their own safety amid a pandemic and violent protests by radical left-wing groups in some American cities.

In a post on Facebook, Biden’s official campaign account shared a graphic that said simply “Ban Assault Weapons” above Biden’s campaign logo.

Along with the graphic, Biden said, “Weapons of war have no place in our communities. When I was a senator, I took on the NRA and secured a 10-year ban on assault weapons — and as president, I’ll ban these weapons again.”

The statement doubles down on comments Biden made last year, in which he called for a ban on magazines that hold multiple bullets.

“The idea that we don’t have elimination of assault type weapons, magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them is absolutely mindless,” said Biden. “It is no violation of the Second Amendment. It’s uh, it’s just a bow to the special interests of the gun manufacturers and the NRA. It’s got to stop.”

In 2019, just weeks before an armed church security official shot and killed a mass shooter, Biden also railed against a Texas law allowing guns in churches.

“It is irrational, with all due respect to the Governor of Texas, irrational what they’re doing,” Biden said, before recounting the latest details on a shooting in Texas.

Biden then went on to say, “And we’re talking about loosening access to have guns, be able to take them into places of worship. Store them in sch-, I mean, it’s just absolutely irrational.”

In July, gun sales broke records, with 1.7 million firearms being sold in the month alone according to the Washington Times.

The National Rifle Association responded to Biden’s renewed assault on American gun owners in a tweet, saying, “Clearly Joe didn’t write this tweet. The complete sentences gave it away. Joe and his supporters fear-monger using words like “assault weapon” to describe America’s most popular home defense rifle – the AR-15 – or “AR-14” to Joe. Joe – We’ll say it real slow. Come and Take It.”

In Maine, anti-gun policies have historically failed, with the Maine Legislature even passing a bill allowing Mainers to carry concealed firearms without a permit while other states were pursuing more restrictive gun laws.

Anti-gun groups and politicians have, over the years, modified the language they use when calling for guns to be banned, most recently settling on “assault style” weapons as their favorite target.

Similar “assault style” weapon language was used in a proposal for a bill in the Maine Legislature in 2020 from Rep. Victoria Morales.

Another bill introduced by Rep. Barbara Cardone in 2019 would have banned all firearm magazines that held more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Many, if not most of, the sidearms carried by law enforcement officers in Maine have standard magazine capacity higher than 10 rounds, which means the law would have criminalized law enforcement officers purchasing replacement magazines, among other things. Many sidearms sold on the commercial market also come with standard magazines of higher capacity, including many sporting rifles.

Maine’s Constitution is stronger than the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution on gun rights, a restriction that anti-gun lawmakers often fail to acknowledge. In 1987, Maine voters approved an amendment of Article I, § 16 of the Maine Constitution to read “Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.”

Maine’s firearms ownership rates are among some of the highest in the nation, with the state also regularly being ranked as the safest, or one of the safest, states in the nation.

Along with his repeated calls for gun bans, Biden has also announced former Congressman Beto O’Rourke of Texas will lead his gun control effort.

In 2019, O’Rourke famously said “hell yes” that if elected President he was going to confiscate firearms such as the AR-15 from American citizens, essentially confirming what gun rights advocates have said was the plan of anti-gun politicians for decades.

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