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The following is a rush transcript of the Todd Starnes Radio Show heard daily from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. daily.
Starnes: [00:03:17] Meanwhile, you have Joe Biden yesterday up on Capitol Hill. I’m going to play this sound bite first and explain what the president was talking about. Cut one, please. [00:03:26][9.3]
President Biden: [00:03:27] The federal agency, the measures and ensures that gun laws are enforced and the Second Amendment is abiding by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Explosives. The AFT has not had a Senate confirmation leader for seven years because of these disputes. [00:03:45][18.2]
Starnes: [00:03:47] AFT? What, AFT? What the heck is the AFT? Is that a new agency? Anybody ever heard of the AFT? I’ve never heard of it. I know all the government agencies. I know I know the FBI, the CIA, the EPA. I have never heard of the AFT. What the heck is he talking about? Well, ladies and gentlemen, we decided to do immediate research on the president there, and we believe that he meant to say the ATF, not the AFT, so the president, not a new agency. It’s been around for a long time. The ATF. But. [00:04:18][30.9]
Starnes: [00:04:18] Then Biden went on to talk about the Second Amendment. And we’re going to play this audio for you. There is you know what? …I want to go to cut three because I want you to get the context of what Biden is saying about the Second Amendment and why you need to be very concerned about your gun rights in America. [00:04:36][17.7]
President Biden: [00:04:36] As a nation, I think we all must be there for them, everyone. And we must ask when in God’s name will we do what needs to be done to, if not completely, stop, fundamentally change the amount of the carnage that goes on in this country. To state the obvious. Corey and a lot of other people here, I’m sick and tired. I’m just sick and tired of what’s going on. It continues to go on. I spent my career as chairman of the Judiciary Committee and as vice president working for common sense gun reforms. As I said, as a senator and vice president, while they clearly will not prevent every tragedy we know, certain ones will have significant impact and have no negative impact on the Second Amendment. Secondly, it’s not absolute. When it was passed, you couldn’t own a – you couldn’t own a canon. You couldn’t own certain kinds of weapons. It’s just always been limitations. But guess what? These actions we’ve taken before. They saved lives. They can do it again. The idea that an 18 year old can walk into a store and buy weapons of war designed and marketed to kill is, I think, just wrong. It just violates common sense. Even the manufacturer, the inventor of that weapon, thought that as well. You know, where’s the backbone? Where’s the courage to stand up to a very powerful lobby? We’re here today for the same purpose, to come together and say enough to act. We must. [00:06:34][118.0]
Starnes: [00:06:35] All right. So there you have the context… I want to talk about and focus on a couple of key parts to what Biden was spewing there. And kudos to the president, by the way, because he was able to speak without getting lost in word salad. So he deserves credit for that. But the spewing of lies is what I’ve got a problem with. Now, you heard the president there saying that when the Second Amendment was created, you as an American citizen were not allowed to go out and buy a cannon. Right. We all heard it. He said that the Second Amendment is not absolute and you could not go out and buy a cannon. So I want to turn to the fact checkers on this. And very rarely, very rarely do I quote from Washington Post. But on this one, I will, because that line is a standard line from a Joe Biden campaign speech. And so The Washington Post decided to investigate and the Washington Post determined that what the president is saying is simply not true. As a matter of fact, as a matter of fact, historians have found no evidence that anybody was banned from buying cannons back during the Revolutionary War. They actually gave the president four Pinocchios, four Pinocchios, on their fact checking website. So the president keeps referencing this over and over and over again. And I don’t know if he’s doing it intentionally or if he’s just addled in the brain. Either way, it’s not good. And the White House needs to come out and needs to correct the record here. Now, Dave Chappelle is a research director and he is also the project director at the Independence Institute. And he points out very clearly that after 1791, there were no federal laws about the type of gun you can own and no states limited the kind of gun you get out. It wasn’t until the early 1800s when there were attempts to pass restrictions on what sort of weapon you could conceal. Very hard to conceal a cannon, by the way. I’m just throwing that out there. Kermit Roosevelt, a constitutional law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, says this and I’m quoting from The Washington Post. ‘I think what he’s saying here is that the Second Amendment was never understood to guarantee everyone the right to own all types of weapons. As phrased, it sounds like the Second Amendment itself, limited ownership, which is not true.’ Now, look, you can have a debate about, you know, whether or not we should ban this gun or that gun. But the reality is the Constitution, the Second Amendment, ladies and gentlemen, the Second Amendment does not limit what sort of weapon you can own. Want to go out and buy a cannon and then, by golly, have at it. Watch for the cannon balls. Now, as for this other part of the conversation where Biden is now saying the Second Amendment is absolute, what part of shall not be infringed does the president not understand? [00:09:38][183.1]