During his Wednesday town hall on CNN, President Joe Biden said he wanted a “push to eliminate” 9mm pistols that have large capacity ammunition capacities.
During the townhall, Biden said, “The idea you need a weapon that can have the ability to fire 20, 30, 40, 50, 120 shots from that weapon, whether it’s a 9mm pistol or whether it’s a rifle, is ridiculous. I’m continuing to push to eliminate the sale of those things.”
Biden said, “The idea you need a weapon that can have the ability to fire 20, 30, 40, 50, 120 shots from that weapon, whether it’s a 9mm pistol or whether it’s a rifle, is ridiculous. I’m continuing to push to eliminate the sale of those things.”
Until now, Biden has only talked about banning “assault weapons” (though no one on the left even knows that that means). This is the first time he has begun to talk about banning handguns.
But with the context of his comments, it seems that Biden wants a general ban on all handguns, not “just” 9mm pistols.
As Breitbart News noted:
On June 7, 2021, Breitbart News reported the DOJ moved to place certain AR-pistols under the purview of the National Firearms Act. But those AR-pistols are chambered in 5.56 or .223, not 9mm. Biden’s mention of going after 9mm pistols opens the door to regulating wildly popular Glock, Heckler & Koch, Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer, Kahr, Taurus, and Springfield Armory pistols, among many others.
Biden also claimed that crime is down, so Americans don’t need all those guns.
But as gun expert John R. Lott, Jr. noted, Biden’s attack on guns also makes no sense because guns factor into only a small number of crimes.
Although firearms were used in about 74% of homicides in 2019, they comprise less than 9% of violent crimes in America.
The vast majority of violent offenses – including robberies, rapes and other sex crimes – almost always involve other weapons or no weapons at all.
Consider Chicago, which has become a national symbol of violent crime. While shootings have increased by about 11% this year, the number of murders has decreased slightly in 2021 – to 382 as of July 11 compared to 387 for the same time period last year. The dramatic increase Chicago is experiencing is in sex crimes — a 23% rise (1,068 as of July 11 compared with 868 during the same period in 2020).Advertisement - story continues below
In New York City, murders through the same period have dropped by 36.4% compared to last year. But robberies are up by 18%, rapes by 9%, and other sex crimes by 35% — all of which do not usually involve guns, sex crimes rarely so. This year murders make up 0.3% of felonies.
Even if gun crime were to rise dramatically, experts point out that it would still be a small fraction of overall violent crime.
The gun is not the problem, folks. Democrats are.
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