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On Tuesday night, President Joe Biden delivered his State of the Union Address in front of a Joint Session of Congress, the Supreme Court Justices, the Joint Chiefs of the Armed Forces, the president’s cabinet, and, most importantly, the American people.

During his address, President Biden called for Congress to strip Americans of their second amendment rights by passing a national “assault weapon” ban.

“That includes things that the majority of responsible gun owners support, like enhanced background checks for 18 to 21-year-olds and red flag laws keeping guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves and others,” President Biden said. “But we know our work is not done.”

President Biden then highlighted Brandon Tsay who disarmed the Monterey Park mass shooter in California last month which led to the death of 11 Americans.

“Joining us tonight is Brandon Tsay, a 26-year-old hero,” Biden began. “Brandon put off his college dreams to stay by his mom’s side as she was dying from cancer. He now works at a dance studio started by his grandparents. Two weeks ago, during Lunar New Year celebrations, he heard the studio’s front door close and saw a man pointing a gun at him.”

“He thought he was going to die, but then he thought about the people inside,” the president continued. “In that instant, he found the courage to act and wrestled the semi-automatic pistol away from a gunman who had already killed 11 people at another dance studio. He saved lives. It’s time we do the same as well.”


“Ban assault weapons once and for all,” Biden demanded. “We did it before. I led the fight to ban them in 1994. In the 10 years the ban was law, mass shootings went down. After Republicans let it expire, mass shootings tripled.”

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“Let’s finish the job and ban assault weapons again,” he added.

In response to the call, Heritage Foundation legal fellow Amy Swearer blasted the president for the demand and pointed out the failures of already existing gun control laws.

“I’m reading the transcript and he is really going to call for an AW ban right before pivoting to talk about the mass shootings in a state that already has a more restrictive AW ban than the one he’s proposing, isn’t he,” wrote the Heritage fellow.

“Then he’s going to praise the actions of an unarmed man who had to be extra heroic because California (even post-Bruen) makes it a bureaucratic nightmare to protect yourself with a gun in public, while ignoring the armed hero in Indiana who also saved lives,” Swearer explained, adding, “Yup. Sure is.”

As Biden continues to push a radical, Democrat agenda, Americans who freely exercise their second amendment rights feel under attack. Given that Republicans control the House, such an assault weapon ban will never make it to McCarthy’s desk, but Biden’s anti-gun message is clear.

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