Biden v. Biden: In 1985, Biden Said Criminals Will Get Firearms ‘With or Without Gun Control’

“I have never believed that additional gun control or federal registration of guns would reduce crime,” said then-Senator Biden.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Joe Biden on Thursday appealed for stricter gun laws—including a ban on “assault weapons,” harsher background checks, and a higher minimum age of purchase—amid a series of recent shootings spotlighted by the mainstream media.
  • “How much more carnage are we willing to accept?” Biden asked during his Thursday address. “Nothing has been done … This time that can’t be true. This time we must actually do something.”
  • But on July 9, 1985, then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) sided with the National Rifle Association (NRA), arguing that criminals can get guns “with or without gun control,” Breitbart News pointed out.
  • Biden said at the time that he “never believed that additional gun control or federal registration of guns would reduce crime” and that he was “convinced that a criminal who wants a firearm can get one through illegal, nontraceable, unregistered sources, with or without gun control.”
  • Criminals by definition do not obey laws, leading many critics of Biden’s gun proposal to reason that such laws would “likely to actually make felons of law abiding citizens than to stop any criminal from getting guns that way.”
THEN-SEN. BIDEN’S FULL STATEMENT:

“During my 12 and a half years as a member of this body, I have never believed that additional gun control or federal registration of guns would reduce crime,” Biden said in 1985. “I am convinced that a criminal who wants a firearm can get one through illegal, nontraceable, unregistered sources, with or without gun control.”

BACKGROUND:
  • FOX News’ Tucker Carlson responded to Biden’s announcement by warning that the former Senator’s intention is really about “disarming” those who didn’t vote for him.
  • “This is about saving the children, Joe Biden just told us, but how many lives would this new law save?” Carlson asked, adding, “Well, we know the answer. Zero. Not one.”
  • The host went on to say that “We know that because there’s precisely no evidence at all and never has been that larger magazines somehow inspire mass shootings. But of course, saving lives is not the point of this.”
  • “Disarming you is the point,” stated Carlson.
  • Watch the segment below: