Revisited: Biden Says Heller Decision was Incorrect

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posted on September 24, 2020
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Just over a year ago, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), which affirmed that the Second Amendment does protect an individual right, was incorrect.

Biden was asked during a town hall in Manchester N.H., “Do you agree with the D.C. v. Heller decision in regards to protecting the individual right to bear arms that are in common use and which are utilized for lawful purposes?”

“If I were on the court I wouldn’t have made the same ruling. OK, that’s number one,” responded Biden. In short, Biden said he does not believe the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. 

The Heller decision clearly affirmed that the Second Amendment does, in fact, protect the right to own firearms “in common use” for lawful purposes, such as self-defense. 

Biden’s rejection of our Second Amendment rights should come as no surprise. He and his running mate, Kamala Harris, have released a litany of anti-freedom measures that they plan to enact should the pair win in November.

It should also be made known far and wide that Harris, during her tenure as district attorney of San Francisco, signed onto an amicus brief that argued the Second Amendment does not protect your right to keep and bear arms. Thankfully, the high court disagreed with her.

The Biden-Harris ticket is one that supported limiting freedom in 2008, as evidenced by Harris’ stance against Heller at the time, and it is one that still stands against freedom now, given Biden’s remarks in the past year and the pair’s plans to limit your rights.

President Trump, meanwhile, has made Biden’s anti-freedom stances known while touting his repeated defenses of Second Amendment rights. American freedoms is on the ballot this November.

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