While joking about how he’s not running to become Pope, Joe Biden decided to lecture tv viewers and newspaper readers about how banning commonly owned firearms isn’t a violation of the Second Amendment. I say he’s lecturing at media consumers rather than speaking to the public because Joe Biden wouldn’t release details of the event location or time to the public, nor were mere citizens allowed to attend the so-called roundtable on gun control.
One tactic the Vice President is using is to redefine the understanding of the Second Amendment. See, there’s his “legitimate right to bear arms” which doesn’t include semi-automatic rifles or common handguns with 15 or 17 round magazines. Then there’s the “illegitimate right to bear arms” that isn’t worth mentioning because, well, those people who oppose the White House are simply illegitimate.
But Biden isn’t the only one speaking out. Likely gubernatorial candidate Rep. Allyson Schwartz is in attendance and joining the push for a gun ban. Rep. Bob Brady, head of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, highlighted how proud he is of his F rating from NRA. Rep. Chaka Fattah says we can’t allow people to own semi-automatic rifles at all.
I find it telling that while Joe Biden banned citizens from attending or asking questions, the White House reached out to an anti-gun advocate to attend so she could play social hour with political reporters.