On Memorial Day, President Biden said there is “no rational basis” for Americans owning a 9mm weapon.
In recounting the details of a visit with a trauma doctor in New York, Biden described learning about the different wounds that can be caused by different caliber firearms.
“They said a .22-caliber bullet will lodge in the lung, and we can probably get it out — may be able to get it and save the life,” Biden said on Monday to a swarm of reporters. “A 9mm bullet blows the lung out of the body.”
Biden added, “there’s simply no rational basis for [high-caliber weapons] in terms of thinking about self-protection, hunting.”
From his remarks, it appears the president is looking to not only limit the legal access to more than higher powered rifles, but wants to include the 9mm, which is the most popular caliber ammunition in America. In fact, he may as well have said he wants to disarm women, since it is the firearm of choice for those who carry.
He later clarified that he understands he doesn’t have broad power to ban these guns, saying: “I can’t dictate this stuff. I can do the things I’ve done and any executive action I can take, I’ll continue to take. But I can’t outlaw a weapon. I can’t, you know, change the background checks. I can’t do that.”
Critics point out that this is the same thing he said in 2019 when he was on the campaign trail, when at a campaign stop in Seattle, Biden asked, “Why should we allow people to have military-style weapons including pistols with 9mm bullets that can hold 10 or more rounds?”