Joe Biden mangles basic gun terminology during campaign speech

November 11, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden got some important vocabulary terms mixed up in the midst of a meandering diatribe during which he promised to limit the size of gun magazines, Breitbart reported.

During a Concord, New Hampshire campaign speech, Biden said that “no one needs” magazines that hold “100 clips,” apparently mixing up “clips” with magazines and bullets. The former vice president corrected himself, but not before many pointed to the slip as an example of liberal ignorance on the very weapons they want to regulate.

Confuses clips, magazines and bullets

It’s a staple of the gun control conversation to repeat incessantly that nobody “needs” a “weapon of war” to defend themselves or go hunting. But while claiming to speak for everyone and what they supposedly need or do not need, Democrats apparently can’t be bothered to learn even the basics about firearms.

“I believe in the Second Amendment, but nobody says you can have a magazine with 100 clips in it,” Biden said in front of a crowd in New Hampshire, before correcting himself: “100 bullets in it.”

When it comes to gun control Bien has been outdone by the hyperbole of Beto O’Rourke, whose confused, authoritarian plans to confiscate AR-15s died with his failed candidacy, but Biden has nevertheless continued to issue muddled threats of confiscation. Biden has been bearish on banning assault weapons amid the recent mass shooting in El Paso, pointing to an assault weapons ban that he sponsored in the 1990s as proof of successful gun control.

But his recent slip-up prompted mockery from supporters of the Second Amendment.

As Breitbart reported, Biden has called for those who refuse to comply with so-called “buybacks” to register their firearms with the federal government. He has also called for Republicans in the Senate to pass “universal background checks” legislation that the House introduced earlier this year.

Stoking fears as lead evaporates

This is not the first time Biden has gotten basic gun terminology confused. The former VP has similarly pleaded to ban guns that can load multiple bullets at a time, which would effectively ban most modern firearms.

“The idea that we don’t have elimination of assault-type weapons, magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them is absolutely mindless. It is no violation of the 2nd Amendment. It’s just a bow to the special interests of the gun manufacturers and the NRA,” he said earlier this year.

Ignorance of how guns work is nothing new coming from Democrats, but Biden’s mix-ups are of another class altogether. His numerous gaffes have raised questions about his electability and fitness for office, although the former vice president continues to dominate the Democratic primary, albeit with a fading lead.

With Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) rising in the polls, Biden has been doubling down on fearmongering about guns and attacking President Trump to shore up his lead, claiming that “we protect geese better than we do our kids.”

Before pitching mass confiscation programs to voters, though, it might help to learn a thing or two about how their firearms actually work.


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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.