Brandon, when giving a speech about gun control, went on a completely incorrect rant about the 2nd Amendment, saying “This doesn’t doesn’t violate anybody’s Second Amendment right…You couldn’t buy a cannon when this amendment was passed. There’s no reason why you should be able to buy certain assault weapons.” Watch him here:
BIDEN: "This doesn't doesn't violate anybody's Second Amendment right…You couldn't buy a cannon when this amendment was passed. There's no reason why you shouldn't be able to buy certain assault weapons." pic.twitter.com/M7hoVi84UQ
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) February 3, 2022
Note: It should be “should” in the transcript in the tweet, not “shouldn’t”.
The thing is, he’s completely, totally, 100% wrong.
For one, you could buy a cannon when the 2nd Amendment was passed. In fact, that was more or less a given, as it was a key part of wealthy Americans raising their own regiments to fight, especially in the Civil War. In fact, even the leftist paper The Washington Post gave Brandon “four Pinocchios” for the cannon claim, labeled it false “false.”
Further, it’s a dumb point because you can still buy a cannon without any restrictions if it’s an older model or with a small tax and a few extra forms if it’s a newer model, as the National Review reported:
If the cannon you want to buy was manufactured before 1898 (i.e., it’s a muzzle loading model), you can do so without regulation. If it’s a “saluting cannon,” it’s also exempt. And if it’s neither a “saluting cannon” nor a pre-1898 model, you need to pay a $200 tax stamp, fill in some forms, wait a bit, and . . . well, that’s it. Cannon are categorized as “destructive devices” under the 1934 National Firearms Act, and they’re legal under federal law and in most states. You may have to jump through a few hoops to get one, but get one you assuredly can.
Then there’s the claim that there’s no reason why Americans should be able to buy certain “assault weapons.”
For one, that tired claim is dumb because actual “assault weapons,” which are select-fire (semi-auto and full-auto) carbines firing an “intermediate” cartridge like the small 5.56 round are already heavily regulated and most civilians can’t buy one made after 1986.
But, assuming that by “assault weapons” he means the semi-auto only, civilian version of those guns, it’s still a dumb claim. The Founders intended the 2nd Amendment to be a way to ensure citizens had the means to resist tyranny. It’s meant to preserve our sacred right to own the firearms we need for our defense from tyranny, not to let a few wealthy Americans keep a duck gun and deer rifle for sporting purposes like the English aristocracy.
Even if Biden meant the select-fire weapons of the sort that are already heavily regulated, it’s still a dumb point, as Americans were able to own the same weapons as their military not just at the time the 2nd Amendment was written, but all the way up until Prohibition, when FDR the tyrant starting banning and regulating certain weapons.
Brandon is too senile and stupid to know what he’s saying, but the point he’s making is dangerous and wrong. The rights in the Bill of Rights are just that, rights. They’re written to enshrine certain rights, not to be tinkered with by senile tyrants to score political points.