As the 2020 election inches closer and closer, it’s evident one topic will be discussed ad nauseam — gun control. The recent string of mass shootings has once again brought the discussion of gun control to the forefront for many Americans. While many will look at other alternatives to gun control, Joe Biden is pushing for the outright ban of assault weapons.
Biden, who is currently the Democratic front runner by a decent margin, spoke to CNN Monday in an interview. To the surprise of no one, the topic of gun control was broached to see where Biden stood if he were to win the Oval Office over Trump.
The former Vice President under the Obama administration stated he would heavily push for a “national buyback program” in an effort to get firearms “off the street.”
Typically, candidates have steered away from outright calling for the removal of firearms as it impeaches upon the Second Amendment, but Biden was very blunt about it when asked should gun owners be concerned about him coming for their guns. “Bingo! You’re right, if you have an assault weapon,” he responded.
“The fact of the matter is [assault weapons] should be illegal. Period,” Biden said. “The Second Amendment doesn’t say you can’t restrict the kinds of weapons people can own. You can’t buy a bazooka. You can’t have a flame-thrower.”
According to Fox News, when Biden was a Senator for Delaware in 1994, he helped created the assault-weapons ban, which was signed into law by Bill Clinton after barely passing the Senate in a 52-48 vote.
The law, which expired in 2004, stated no civilian could use or own certain semi-automatic firearms defined as assault weapons, including high-capacity magazines.
The former VP did refrain from stating Trump’s rhetoric is responsible for the recent shootings, something other Democratic candidates have been pushing since the tragedy.
Biden’s comments come on the heels of a string of mass shootings that took place in El Paso and Dayton, which left a combined 31 dead and over two dozen more injured.