President Joe Biden faced a backlash from critics over Thanksgiving after speaking out against the purchase of semi-automatic weapons.
During a press event in Nantucket, Massachusetts, Biden reiterated his previous support for new gun restrictions while talking about the recent mass shooting in Colorado.
“The idea that we still allow the purchase of semi-automatic weapons,” Biden said. “It has no socially redeeming value…no single rationale for it other than profit for the gun manufacturers.”
A reporter then asked Biden if he would be able to push for new gun laws while Republicans control the House in the next Congress, to which the president said he would assess that while counting the votes. will
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“I’m going to try,” Biden said. “I’m going to try to get rid of the assault weapons.”
Prominent Twitter users pointed out that semi-automatic weapons typically include handguns, rifles and shotguns, which make up a large portion of gun sales in the United States.
Hollywood actor James Woods tweeted, “So basically all guns are on Big Guy’s chopping block.”
“Wow. Are there any guns that Biden won’t ban?” asked Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.
U.S. Rep. Thomas Massey, R-Ky. He said Biden was “dishonoring most gun owners” with his stance on firearms purchases and noted that Americans have rejected gun control measures proposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. gave
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U.S. Representative Mark Alford, elected to Missouri’s 4th Congressional District, called Biden’s stance on gun laws “sheer ignorance” and cited an article that said 50 percent of gun sales in the U.S. are semi-automatic weapons. are
Several other right-leaning Twitter users also called out the president for his comments on gun purchases.
Earlier this year, Biden’s call for an assault weapons ban clashed with Republicans, even as nearly two dozen GOP senators enlisted the help of the gun lobby to advance a bipartisan gun bill.
Democrats controlled the House by a narrow margin until January. Meanwhile, the Senate is split 50-50 between the two parties. For a gun control package to pass, including a ban on assault weapons, at least 10 GOP supporters would be needed to break the Senate’s filibuster threshold of 60 votes.
Haris Alik of Fox News contributed to this report.