President Biden has told reporters that there’s “no rational basis” for owning a 9mm handgun.
Biden’s remarks came after meeting with the families of the victims in the Robb Elementary School shooting.
Recalling a separate occasion at a trauma center in New York, the president explained that doctors told him a .22-caliber round would lodge in the lung. Biden then claimed the doctors told him that a 9mm bullet “blows the lung out of the body.”
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“So, the idea of these high-caliber weapons is, uh, there’s simply no rational basis for it in terms of self-protection, hunting,” Biden added. “Remember, the Constitution was never absolute.”
“You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed,” Biden said. “You couldn’t go out and purchase a lot of weaponry.”
Biden did admit that he didn’t have the authority to carry out a gun ban.
“I can do the things I’ve done and any executive action I can take, I’ll continue to take. But I can’t outlaw a weapon. I can’t change a background check. I can’t do that,” he said.
Biden’s comments were in line with his tough stance on guns during the 2020 presidential campaign. Speaking during a fundraising event in Seattle in November 2019, Biden said he supported the Second Amendment but called absolutist arguments about gun-rights “bizarre.”
The 9mm handgun is the most popular pistol in the United States.
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