Oh the Irony: Biden Calls for Stricter Gun Laws Hours After Son’s Conviction on Gun Charges

by Vern Evans
President Joe Biden holding an 80% pistol frame during an earlier anti-gun speech. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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In a speech delivered Tuesday afternoon at the annual misnamed Gun Sense University conference, President Joe Biden pushed for more stringent gun control measures, mere hours after his son, Hunter Biden, was found guilty of federal gun charges in Delaware. The irony of the president advocating for more gun laws while his own son faced legal consequences for violating existing ones was not lost on many.

The event, hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group heavily funded by anti-gun advocate Mike Bloomberg, served as a platform for Biden to call for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in front of a crowd that supports such actions.

“It’s time once again to do what I did when I was a senator: ban assault weapons,” Biden proclaimed and then again showing he or his speech writers understand nothing about firearms, went on to say, “Who, in God’s name, needs a magazine which can hold 200 shells?”

Just three hours prior to his speech, the president’s son, Hunter Biden, was convicted on three gun charges, including making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm, a crime that can carry penalties of up to $250,000 in fines and/or ten years of imprisonment. Sentencing is expected in October, just weeks before the election.

Biden’s remarks came as part of a broader discussion about the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), a 2022 law passed with the help of Republican Sen. John Cornyn. The President touted the BSCA as a significant step forward, claiming it has allowed his administration to pour millions into promoting more firearm regulations and establishing the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention.

“Who, in God’s name, needs a magazine which can hold 200 shells?” — President Joe Biden

He reiterated his commitment to banning assault weapons and implementing universal background checks, despite the fact that many law-abiding gun owners see these measures as infringements on their Second Amendment rights.

“None of this violates the Second Amendment or vilifies responsible gun owners,” Biden claimed, though many gun rights advocates disagree.

Ahead of the speech, the Biden-Harris 2024 campaign released a memo lauding the administration’s gun control efforts and condemning former President Donald Trump’s support for the NRA. The memo attributed a significant increase in gun violence to Trump’s policies, an assertion that most in the 2A community clearly see as politicized and misleading.

Campaign spokesperson Kevin Munoz emphasized that the Biden-Harris campaign is doubling down on gun control, noting recent events and ad campaigns aimed at pushing their agenda. Vice President Kamala Harris even held a gun violence prevention event in Maryland, and the campaign marked the second anniversary of the Uvalde school shooting with targeted ads.

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