President Biden Issues Set of Executive Orders with New Gun Restrictions, Calls for Ban on ‘Assault Weapons’
By Fox News // April 8, 2021
BIDEN: no amendment to the Constitution is absolute
ABOVE VIDEO: President Biden, Vice President Harris and Attorney General Merrick Garland deliver remarks on gun violence prevention.
(FOX NEWS) – President Biden on Thursday, in rolling out a set of executive orders on gun control, said “no amendment is absolute,” while maintaining that “nothing” he is recommending “impinges” on the Second Amendment.
“Today we’re taking steps to confront not just the gun crisis, but what is actually a public health crisis,” Biden said from the White House Thursday.
“Nothing, nothing I am about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment,” the president said, calling arguments suggesting that those constitutional rights are at stake “phony.”
“No amendment, no amendment to the Constitution is absolute,” he said. “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.”
He added: “So the idea is just bizarre, to suggest that some of the things we’re recommending are contrary to the Constitution.”
The president went on to call gun violence in the United States “an epidemic.”
“Let me say it again, gun violence in this country is an epidemic,” Biden said. “And it’s an international embarrassment.”
Biden announced a set of executive actions and legislative proposals on gun control Thursday.
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