Biden says he owns 2 shotguns, rejects idea of arming teachers
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President Biden told reporters and Democratic donors on Friday that he owned guns, but the Second Amendment was not absolute.
Speaking at a Democratic donor event, Biden told the audience that although he owns two shotguns, he doesn’t believe the Second Amendment covers all forms of firearms.
Additionally, Biden told donors at the fundraising event that the idea of armed school staff was seriously flawed. He pointed to the rigor of military training as proof that it is not easy to « blow someone’s brains out ».
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« The idea that we’re going to come up with – the way to deal with gun safety is to provide teachers with guns in the classroom? » Biden said at the event. « There’s a reason the military takes so long to train someone. It’s not easy to pick up a gun or a gun and blow someone’s brains out. »
In an address to the nation after last week’s Uvalde shooting that involved an AR-15 rifle, Biden called for the reinstatement of the federal ban on assault weapons adopted in 1994 and expired in 2004.
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In a Quinnipiac University Pollconducted last week and released on Tuesday, 50% of registered voters support a nationwide ban on semi-automatic long guns, compared to 45% who oppose it.
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According to the poll, 57% of Americans support tougher gun laws in the United States, up from a November Quinnipiac poll that showed 45% support.
The vast majority of Democrats, 91%, support tougher gun laws, compared to just 32% of Republicans. According to the poll, background checks are supported by 92% of Americans, regardless of party.
In 2015, when he was vice president, Biden urged Americans who want to protect their homes to buy a shotgun, not an AR-15.
« You don’t need an AR-15. It’s harder to aim, it’s harder to use, and in fact you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself, » Biden said. at the time.
Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.