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Constitutional law scholar Jonathan Turley hammered President Biden for continuing to promote the false claim that the Second Amendment never allowed for cannon ownership.
Biden made the comments speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Monday.
“The Constitution, the Second Amendment was never absolute,” he asserted. “You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed.”
It is a claim Biden repeats quite often and one which his aides seemingly haven’t bothered to inform him is completely false.
-Says 2nd Amendment isn’t “absolute,” notes you couldn’t by cannons when it was written.
-Says he had not held extensive discussions with any Republicans yet on gun control.
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) May 30, 2022
Biden Repeats Second Amendment Cannon Lie
Turley blasted Biden for using an obvious falsehood to debate gun control – something that should be dealt with “on a factual rather than purely rhetorical way.”
“It’s got to start with the president. Today he repeated a clearly false statement about the Second Amendment,” Turley said in a weekend appearance on Fox News Live.
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“Many of us have repeatedly said that his statement that you could not own a cannon or other weapons when the Second Amendment was ratified is untrue,” he added.
“Yet the president keeps on repeating that as a defense for his call for gun control. He’s undermining his own case by repeating what is ironically disinformation.”
…It is not clear if staffers have not explained to him that he is repeating a false claim (over and over) or whether he simply does not care.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 30, 2022
Biden Spreading Misinformation
Turley has called out President Biden for his Second Amendment cannon misinformation in the past.
“What is weird is that he keeps raising a point that undermines his position because this was not the view in the early Republic,” he said in a tweet last month following Biden’s claim at that time.
…The President said “this is going to sound bizarre but I support the Second Amendment” and noted that you could not buy a cannon in the early Republic. It does sound bizarre because it is legally and historically untrue.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) April 11, 2022
Biden said something similar in a gun control speech last June.
“The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited the type of people who could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own,” he claimed. “You couldn’t buy a cannon.”
“Even the Washington Post has declared Biden’s understanding of the Second Amendment to be false.
Yet, this week, President Biden remained undeterred and uninformed: “The Second Amendment is not absolute. When it was passed you couldn’t own a cannon”…
Biden is lyin’. Again.🔻 pic.twitter.com/LCbT1QNuBS
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) May 30, 2022
The Washington Post at the time debunked the claim, noting he had made similar comments during his 2020 campaign. Though, they said Biden was ‘tripped up’ by a “parenthetical aside.”
It can no longer be chalked up to an aside.
In addition to the cannon screed, the President offered up another odd statement suggesting that a 9mm handgun is a “high-caliber weapon” in which a bullet “blows the lung out of the body.”
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
Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson slammed President Biden for his partisan motivations following the Uvalde school shooting calling him “frail, confused” and “unfit for leadership of this country.”
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