Biden on gun control: “No amendment to the Constitution is absolute"

by Jenny Mount · Apr 9th, 2021 12:19 pm
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Last Updated Apr 10th, 2021 at 1:18 pm

President Joe Biden said during comments on his recent executive actions on gun control on Thursday that "no amendment...is absolute."

"Nothing, nothing I'm about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment," Biden said. "They're phony arguments suggesting that these are Second Amendment rights at stake for what we're talking about. But no amendment, no amendment to the Constitution is absolute."

Biden also attempted to justify his claim by pointing to the limitations placed on the First Amendment's freedom of speech, like the prohibition against yelling "fire" in a crowded movie theater.

"From the very beginning, you couldn't own any weapon you wanted to own," Biden said, without citing any examples. "From the very beginning the Second Amendment existed, certain people weren't allowed to have weapons. So the idea is just bizarre to suggest that some of the things we're recommending are contrary to the Constitution. Gun violence in this country is an epidemic."

The comments were particularly provocative to those who believe that Biden is laying the groundwork for eliminating significant constitutional rights even beyond the Second Amendment.


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