Why a Biden Advisor Shifted a Question to Gun Control

posted on September 2, 2023
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When Cedric Richmond, a senior advisor and campaign co-chairman to President Joe Biden (D), was recently asked about the president’s age ahead of next year’s election, he opted not to answer the question and instead pivoted directly to gun control.

“While they continue to talk about age, we’ll continue to talk about the fact that they’re not talking about banning assault weapons,” said Richmond.

Biden has long called for bans on lawfully owned semi-automatic rifle. Richmond, a former congressman representing Louisiana, is predictably in lockstep with this view, and he has been for a long time.

In August of 2019, Richmond said this about America’s most-popular rifle: “If it is a buyback, then I’m all for it. If it’s a mandatory buyback, I think then you may run into some complications, but the thought of it does not offend me, and it sounds like something I could support.”

“Assault weapons,” it should be noted, is a “meaningless and politically elastic term,” as reported by the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA); in fact, more than 24 million of these rifles are lawfully owned by Americans, according to data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed in Heller (2008) that firearms in “common use” are constitutionally protected. With more than 24 million of these rifles in circulation, it’s clear that these firearms are in common use and are therefore protected by the constitution.

And on the president’s age, which Richmond was actually asked about, a recent AP-NORC poll shows that 77% of adults think Biden, 80, is too old to effectively serve for four more years.

“While they continue to talk about age, we will talk about the things that Americans are talking about,” said Richmond. “And that’s kitchen table issues.”

Indeed, Americans are talking about their constitutional rights, which is a “kitchen table” issue that affects every freedom-loving American throughout the country.


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