During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday, former Vice President Joe Biden said that he intends to ban assault weapons if elected president, and he would accompany it with a national gun buyback program to eliminate as many existing weapons as possible from circulation.
“I was able to get one passed,” said Biden, citing the 1994 assault weapons ban that, while it was never conclusively linked to a drop in crime, was marked by a dramatic reduction in mass shooting deaths. “Does anybody think it made any sense that someone is able to walk into a gun store, buy an assault weapon that has multiple rounds or buy an assault weapon that has 100 rounds … do you want more of them on the street? Do we want to do that?”
“So to gun owners out there who say well, a Biden administration means they’re going to come for my guns…” said Cooper.
“Bingo, you’re right if you have an assault weapon,” said Biden. “The fact of the matter is they should be illegal, period. Look, the Second Amendment doesn’t say you can’t restrict the kinds of weapons people can own. You can’t buy a bazooka. You can’t have a flamethrower. The guys who make these arguments are the people who say, ‘the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots, we need protection against the government.’ We need an F-15 for that. You need something well beyond whether or not you have an assault weapon.”
Asked how he’ll handle the millions of assault weapons people already own, Biden acknowledged it was a political and logistical impossibility to confiscate them — and said he would use other means. “I would institute a national buyback program and move in the direction of making sure that that in fact was what we tried to do, get them off the street,” said Biden. “That’s not walking into their home, walking through their door and going through the gun cabinets … Right now there is no legal way to deny them the right if they legally purchased them but we can in fact make a major effort to get them off the street and out of the possession of people.”
Biden added that his plan would require congressional action.
“I’m the guy that pushed the Brady bill through the United States Congress, when I was chairman of the Judiciary Committee, on background checks,” said Biden. You can, in fact do those kinds of things, but cannot as a matter of executive order say, this is what we’re going to do relative to this particular weapon.”
Trump made an ‘implicit threat of violence’ when he refused to say he’d leave peacefully: CNN’s Berman
CNN's John Berman on Thursday accused President Donald Trump of implicitly threatening the use of violence if he loses the 2020 presidential election.
While discussing Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the 2020 election, Berman said that this was the kind of thing he'd expect to hear from leaders in foreign countries without long traditions of upholding democracy.
"To be clear, the refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer in and of itself is an implicit threat of violence," he said.
Here’s how Trump intends to create ‘chaos and deadlock’ to steal the election from voters
The author of a new piece outlining how President Donald Trump could steal the election from voters explained just how that might happen.
The Atlantic's Barton Gellman revealed the Trump campaign is exploring a strategy to pressure Republican-led state legislatures to appoint electors, instead of letting voters choose, and he told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" how that would work in practice.
"The only other time in history we had a debacle like this with possibility of the multiple competing slates of electors where two groups of people said, 'I'm the state elector for the state of Pennsylvania,' for example, it's supposed to go to Congress," Gellman said. "Congress is supposed to decide who are the legitimate electors, if any, from the state, and the problem is the electorate count act is one of the most garbled statutes ever passed by Congress, which is saying a lot."
‘I have to leave for an emergency phone call’: Trump splits from his own press conference for a ‘big call’
President Donald Trump was late for his 6:00 PM press conference and literally left in the middle for an "emergency" phone call.
"I have to leave for an emergency phone call," Trump told reporters in the White House press briefing room. As he tried to leave one reporter peppered him with spot-on questions about this afternoon's decision by a grand jury to not charge any of the three Louisville police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor.
Asked what the call was about, Trump replied, "I have a big call."
Wow. Trump says he has to take "an emergency phone call" and walks away while ignoring a reporter's shouted question about what his message is to people who are upset over Breonna Taylor's killing pic.twitter.com/EWsjJOGwsg