In the wake of the recent, tragic mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, politicians on both sides of the aisle are voicing their opinions about gun control.
When CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked 2020 Democratic presidential front runner Joe Biden whether his administration will “come” for people’s guns, the former vice president offered a succinct answer. Biden simply said, “Bingo.”
“You’re right if you have an assault weapon. The fact of the matter is they should be illegal, period,” Biden said. “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 flame thrower. The guys who make these arguments are the people who say, ‘the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots. We need the protection against the government.’”
The former vice president later said his intention wasn’t to instantly attempt to implement confiscation programs. Instead, Biden relayed that he desired to “institute a national buy back program” in order to rid the streets of “assault weapons.”
“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,” he said.
During his eye-brow raising sit-down with Cooper, the 2020 democratic presidential front runner appeared to agree with President Donald J. Trump’s assertion that gun violence in America might be associated with violence in video games.
On the morning of August 2nd, Trump stated, “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society, and this includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately.”
The CNN host initiated his conversation with Biden by remarking, “when I mentioned that the president talked about video games today as being part of the problem, I saw you kind of rolled your eyes…[but] it’s something people have talked about it’s for a long time.”
Biden answered, “I’ve talked about it, too. But it is not healthy to have these games teaching kids that, you know, this dispassionate notion that you can shoot somebody and just, you know, sort of blow their brains out.”
The CNN host noted that video games are also prevalent in Japan, but the country has much less gun violence than America. Biden remarked, “They are. That’s my point. But it’s not in and of itself the reason why we have this carnage on our streets.”
Biden is certainly not the only Democratic presidential candidate promising a massive crackdown on gun rights. U.S. Senator Kamala Harris says she will only provide Congress 100 days to pass gun control legislation that she judges appropriate before taking executive action.
There is one notable detractor in the 2020 field of Democrats. Entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Yang purportedly wants to enact a tiered licensing program that provides for the legal ownership of handguns, hunting rifles, and semi-automatic, and fully automatic weapons. However, one’s ability to own the weapons would hinge on their levels of training, experience, and federal oversight.
Guns don’t kill. People do. Sadly, until the reasons these mass shooters pull the trigger are identified and addressed, they will likely try to carry out these senseless acts of terror.