Biden’s 2nd Amendment speech possibly seen by some Americans as threat to use military force against dissidents
President Joe Biden ignited a media firestorm among critics and supporters alike on Wednesday evening, after he effectively dismissed Second Amendment supporters and effectively threatened the American people with F-15 Eagles and nuclear weapons.
On Wednesday, President Biden claimed that he would be addressing the mass of overall violence in the US by going after gun regulations and dealers, as well as some social programs.
“Today the [Justice] Department is announcing a major crackdown to stem the flow of guns used to commit violent crimes,” he said.
What he said next, however, was the match that lit the fuse with much of the American public.
“The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited the type of people who could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own. You couldn’t buy a cannon,” he said erroneously, seemingly unaware that cannons and warships have been covered under the Second Amendment since its creation. “[Those who] say the blood of the, the blood of patriots, you know, and all this stuff about how we’re going to have to move against the government.”
BIDEN: You’ll need F-15’s and nuclear weapons to take on the government pic.twitter.com/dAZ0yeaq2y
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) June 23, 2021
“Well, the tree of liberty is not [watered with] the blood of patriots, what’s happened is that there never been, if you want, if you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons,” Biden continued. “The point is that there’s always been the ability to limit, rationally limit, the type of weapon that can be owned, and who can own it.”
The comments were met with fierce pushback from many across the country, particularly those who felt the president delivered a thinly-veiled threat.
Is that a threat Mr. President?” wrote Pete Klein in response to a posting of the speech on Townhall.com’s twitter page. “It sure sounds like one. From my experience only tyrants in power use threats.”
“So He assumes military will support him on a attack if citizens?” added Pete Kline.
“Interesting ethical dilemma for service members to ponder,” responded Del Clark. “Fire on American citizens who you serve and protect… I’d hate to be the officer or NCO giving those orders to their subordinates.”
Others noted the comments when contrasted to Biden’s comments on the January 6 “insurrection” riot, when he said that “Our democracy is under unprecedented assault.”
“You cannot believe both of these things to be true simultaneously,” journalist Drew Holden wrote.
“Precisely,” lawyer and author Greenwald responded. “Biden’s mockery of the citizenry – you think you can threaten the US Govt with guns? You need F-15s and nukes for that – shows how moronic is the depiction of a few hundred MAGA protesters as a threat to the stability of history’s most militarized and armed government.”
According to the Daily Wire, journalist Dana Loesch also chimed in, sparking a much-hashtagged play on “hands up, don’t shoot” that would last well into Thursday.
“Wait, so a guy dressed like a Burning Man reject in a buffalo head and his motley crew of Red Dawn LARPers almost overthrew the entire government but you can’t own a semi-auto because the mighty government will nuke you into next week? PICK A NARRATIVE,” Dana Loesch wrote. “Hands up don’t nuke.”
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