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Biden mocks gun owners, says they’ll need F-16s to take on government

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a joint press conference with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol after their meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 26, 2023. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)
June 21, 2023

President Joe Biden once again mocked American gun owners, saying they’ll need F-16s to fight back against government tyranny. The president also ridiculed a famous pro-liberty quote by Thomas Jefferson, who is credited as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.

“We have to change,” Biden said about gun violence during a private fundraising event in California on Tuesday, according to Fox News. “There’s a lot of things we can change, because the American people by and large agree you don’t need a weapon of war. I’m a Second Amendment guy. I taught it for four years, six years in law school. And guess what? It doesn’t say that you can own any weapon you want. It says there are certain weapons that you just can’t own. Even during when it was passed, you couldn’t own a cannon. You can’t own a machine gun.… No, I’m serious.”

“You know, I love these guys who say the Second Amendment is — you know, the tree of liberty is water with the blood of patriots. Well, if [you] want to do that, you want to work against the government, you need an F-16. You need something else than just an AR-15,” he added.

Last year, Biden said his gun-control effort “doesn’t violate anybody’s Second Amendment rights,” adding that “no amendment [is] absolute.”

“I have the United States attorney general with me here today and we put together a comprehensive strategy to combat gun crime in cities like New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and many other cities, San Francisco,” Biden said. “First, we want to crack down on the flow of firearms used to commit violence. That includes taking on and shutting down rogue gun dealers. It’s about doing background checks, as well as outright selling, making sure the people who are not allowed to have a gun don’t get the gun in the first place.”

“And again, for any of the press that’s listening, this doesn’t violate anybody’s Second Amendment right. There’s no violation of the Second Amendment right. There’s no amendment that’s absolute,” Biden continued. “When the amendment was passed, it didn’t say anybody could own a gun and any kind of gun and any kind of weapon. You couldn’t buy a cannon when this amendment was passed, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to buy certain assault weapons. But that’s another issue.”

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.