Conservatives on Twitter jumped on a tweet from former Vice President Joe Biden, who vowed to pass the gun control legislation, warning that a victory for the Democratic candidate would be a severe blow to Second Amendment supporters.
Biden wrote on Sunday that he would “ban offensive weapons, ban high performance magazines and introduce universal background checks to counter what he called America’s “gun violence epidemic.
The former vice president has long advocated a re-evaluation of gun rights in America. President Donald Trump has won the support of Second Amendment supporters on this issue, claiming that a Biden victory in Tuesday’s election would signal the beginning of a new government offensive against gun owners.
“It is long overdue that we take action to end the scourge of gun violence in America,” Biden wrote. “As president, I will ban assault weapons and high-powered magazines, introduce universal background checks and other sensible reforms to end our epidemic of gun violence.
Joel Pollack, senior editor-in-chief of the right-wing Broadbard News website, said Biden had “just tweeted a Trump campaign ad. Legal expert and former New York City police officer John Cardillo predicted that the tweet would hurt Biden in key states. “Well, he just lost AZ, OH, PA and probably MN,” Cardillo wrote.
Lauren Boebert, a Republican congressional candidate in Colorado and a sympathizer with the Q-Anon conspiracy theorists, said, “And you might as well start writing your concession speech now.
Right-wing comedian Tim Young quoted Biden’s message and tweeted her: “A last-minute reminder that Biden is coming for your guns. Steve Guest, GOP’s Rapid Response Director, said the tweet was proof that Biden was “shredding the Second Amendment. Students for Trump – a right-wing group founded by supporters of Charlie Kirk: “Protect your 2A rights – get out and vote for @realDonaldTrump!
Donald Trump Jr – the President’s eldest son, who has become a vocal advocate of gun ownership since his father took office – meanwhile tweeted: “TOLD YA.
The President has repeatedly called on Second Amendment supporters to oppose Biden and democratic pans for tightening gun laws. He has been a staunch defender of gun rights, although at the beginning of his presidency he was criticized by gun groups for banning some devices and other comments indicating that he was open to reform.
After the 2017 Las Vegas shootings, Trump banned bump sticks – which increase the rate at which semi-automatic weapons can be fired – as the nation mourned and opponents called for action.
Trump was also criticized by weapons groups after they called for the confiscation of firearms from persons deemed dangerous without due process.
After the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in 2018, Trump said, “I like to take the guns early, as in the case of this madman who just happened to be in Florida … it would have taken a long time to go to court … Take the guns first, then go through due process …”.