Nearly two and a half years into President Joe Biden’s term, Americans have heard repeated pleas from the White House for new restrictions on the Second Amendment.
In response to almost any report of gun violence, Biden’s response is predictable and involves banning so-called assault weapons — even if he seems to have a tenuous grasp on what the term even means.
“The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick,” he declared in November.
Of course, the vast majority of firearms available today fall under the category of “semi-automatic,” which White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tacitly acknowledged when she tried to clean up his remarks.
“He was talking about assault weapons,” she said. “That’s what he was talking about on that morning or that afternoon when he was asked that question.”
Biden is hardly the only Democrat with a heavy-handed approach to regulating guns, though, as his former boss revealed in a recent interview.
CBS News personality Nate Burleson began by lamenting his perception that “guns are as common as garden tools in certain communities,” prompting former President Barack Obama to cite Australia’s draconian response to gun violence as a template for America.
“In Australia, you had one mass shooting 50 years ago and they said, we’re not doing that anymore,” he replied. “That is normally how you would expect a society to respond when your children are at risk.”
Although his time frame was apparently off by a few decades, it is true that Australian lawmakers implemented a program after a mass shooting in 1996 that resulted in roughly 650,000 guns being confiscated from their owners.
A central difference between Australia and the U.S. is the latter’s constitutional right to bear arms — and many critics spoke out against Obama’s apparent disregard for that protection.
That was not the only remark Obama made in the interview that struck many Americans as off-putting. Despite the fawning coverage he received throughout his eight years in office from most of the mainstream media, he declared that the issue that keeps him “up at night” is the ability of individuals to seek out news coverage that aligns with their worldview.
“Today, what I’m most concerned about is the fact that because of the splintering of the media, we almost occupy different realities,” Obama said. “Now, people will say, ‘Well, that didn’t happen,’ or ‘I don’t believe that.’”