Struggling to stay afloat in the remaining first-to-vote states, 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Joe Biden seemed to take a radical step to the left this week with regard to his platform position on gun control.
The former vice president told a CNN town hall audience Wednesday that his administration would go well beyond the so-called “assault weapons” ban supported by and large within the Democratic Party, seeking also to federally ban the sale of “silencers” and “clips that have multiple bullets in them.”
This substantial extension of an already strict gun control proposal to various firearm attachments, the candidate suggested, was a reaffirmation of promises made to the families of those impacted by the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 and Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018.
“I made a commitment and I mean it,” Biden said, “I made a commitment that I’m going to do everything in my power, in office or out of office, to get those assault weapons off the street — which I’ve done once already — and to get those clips that have multiple bullets in them not for sale, not be able to sell silencers.”
Joe Biden says that he wants to ban "clips that have multiple bullets in them."
This makes no sense.
All clips hold multiple rounds. That's the definition of a clip.
Biden also probably means to say magazines, but it's the same problem. Magazines hold multiple rounds. pic.twitter.com/HREQ4Vj5ya
— Zach Parkinson (@AZachParkinson) February 21, 2020
Coming just days before the Nevada caucuses, Biden’s claim drew cheers from audience members in Las Vegas, a community deeply impacted in October 2017 by the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — which claimed the lives of 58 concert-goers on the Strip and injured hundreds more.
Unfortunately for the floundering old-line Democrat, however, the claim does little more than capitalize on the emotional ammunition generated by re-opening old wounds.