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President Biden, speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Monday, shared dubious information as part of his effort to increase gun control in America.
Biden began by implying a 9mm bullet has the capacity to cause damage heretofore unknown.
The President claimed that a trauma doctor had once conveyed to him that “a .22-caliber bullet will lodge in the lung, and we can probably get it out,” while a “9mm bullet blows the lung out of the body.”
“So the idea of these high-caliber weapons … there’s simply no rational basis for it in terms of thinking about self-protection, hunting,” Biden asserted.
It’s unclear from the transcript if Biden is referring to 9mm as “high caliber,” or why high caliber weapons would be a poor choice for self-protection or hunting.
Biden followed up with his favorite claim, saying, “And remember, the Constitution, the Second Amendment was never absolute.”
Joe Biden suggests he wants to ban “high caliber” 9mm handguns.
“There’s simply no rational basis for it in terms of self-protection.” pic.twitter.com/lPITAN5kEU
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 30, 2022
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Biden’s 9mm Claims
President Biden made the claims after visiting the site of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where 21-people, including 19 children, were murdered.
The shooter in that horrific event did not use a 9mm handgun.
According to Shooting Industry Magazine, the 9mm is the most popular caliber handgun in the United States and has been for quite some time.
A member of a U.S. Marshal fugitive recovery taskforce spoke to Breitbart News and responded to the “high-caliber” claim made by the President with laughter and said, “9mm is the smallest round we use.”
Other experts speaking to Breitbart said Biden’s claim of the damage done by the 9mm bullet is also false.
“Bulls***,” one federal agent with over 15 years of experience replied when told Biden had stated the bullet will “blow the lung out of the body.”
So now Biden wants to ban 9mm handguns, the most popular centerfire cartridge in America (and the world).
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) May 30, 2022
Fact-Checking Biden’s Claims
Interestingly, Politifact in 2020 leaped to Joe Biden’s defense when the National Rifle Association (NRA) claimed the future President wanted to ban 9mm handguns.
“Why should we allow people to have military-style weapons including pistols with 9-mm bullets and can hold 10 or more rounds?” Biden asked at a 2019 fundraiser.
Politifact explained that Biden was “referring to the high-capacity magazines that sometimes come standard, or are added onto, those types of guns.”
They rated the claim false after stating “his campaign says no” to the NRA’s interpretation.
It’ll be curious to see if that same standard applies after, as is typical of the Biden camp, his aides clean up the mess that sputtered out of Biden’s mouth on 9mm handguns.
President Joe Biden said on Monday that a ‘9-millimeter bullet blows the lung out of the body’ stating there is no “rational basis” for it at all, in a call for tighter restrictions on high caliber weapons.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) May 31, 2022
In addition to his claim regarding the 9mm handgun, Biden also continued to spread the consistently debunked claim that the Second Amendment never allowed for cannon ownership.
Biden just repeated his false statement about the Second Amendment again,. https://t.co/bRc3OwoNIW It does not seem to matter to the President that this is a false claim about the history of the Second Amendment. One could even call it disinformation. https://t.co/RuueKPpXyZ
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 30, 2022
“The Constitution, the Second Amendment was never absolute,” he asserted. “You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed.”
Constitutional law scholar Jonathan Turley called the claim “completely false” and said it undermines the President’s drive for gun control measures by spreading such misinformation.
Biden, in a speech in the immediate aftermath of the Uvalde massacre, called for a ban on “assault weapons,” suggesting the need for such weaponry is unnecessary since ‘deer don’t have Kevlar vests.’
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