On Thursday, President Joe Biden declared that “no amendment is absolute” while unveiling multiple executive actions targeting American citizens’ Second Amendment rights.
“Today, we’re taking steps to confront not just the gun crisis, but what is actually a public health crisis,” Biden announced in a speech at the White House, claiming: “Nothing, nothing I am about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment.”
“No amendment, no amendment to the Constitution is absolute,” the president continued. “You can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater — recall a freedom of speech. From the very beginning, you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own. From the very beginning that the Second Amendment existed, certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons.”
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Biden went on to call it “bizarre” to criticize his executive actions as “contrary to the Constitution.”
Biden directed the Department of Justice to create new laws making background checks mandatory for homemade “ghost guns.” Biden also requested the DOJ to develop a model for “red flag” laws for states as a guideline. Additionally, he announced his nomination of gun control advocate David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic,” Biden said, calling the situation “an international embarrassment.”
“The job of any president is to protect the American people, whether Congress acts or not,” the president added. “I’m going to use all the resources at my disposal to keep the American people safe from gun violence. But there’s much more that Congress can do to help that effort.”
Biden’s new orders prompted West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) to act quickly and threaten to sue the Biden administration.
“Defending the Second Amendment remains one of the most important priorities for the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office. I will not allow the far left to run roughshod over our citizens’ gun rights. If President Biden follows through on his proposals, we will be in court very quickly,” Morrisey said in a statement. “Gun violence and the senseless death attributed to it should pain all Americans, however, the evil acts of a select few should never be a catalyst for stripping the lawful masses of their constitutional rights, especially their right to self-defense and to bear arms.”
Last month, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) promised to protect Texans’ Second Amendment rights after Biden called on Congress to pass legislation aimed at banning “assault weapons” in the aftermath of the deadly Boulder, Colorado, shooting.
“Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa murdered 10 people in Boulder, CO. Biden immediately called for a ban on ‘assault weapons.’ Let me be clear: As long as I’m AG, the left will *never* be allowed infringe on Texans’ 2A rights,” Paxton tweeted at the time.