Biden slammed for repeating debunked gun claims during MLK Jr. Day speech: ‘Ole’ shoot ’em in the leg is back’

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President Biden was criticized on Twitter for reviving his earlier false comments about police officers and gun owners during his Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech on Monday.

The president appeared on National Action Network’s annual The Dream Defined breakfast to tout his administration’s efforts to build the black community in honor of the day to commemorate the civil rights activist. Among the issues he argued included an executive order to ban police strangles and limit no-knock orders.

During this time, he repeated the suggestion that police officers should not shoot with deadly force.

US President Joe Biden exits the stage after making comments about the recent mass shootings from the White House on June 2, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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“We need to retrain officers why you always have to shoot deadly force at that? The fact is if you have to use your gun, you don’t have to. And look at a new approach to recruiting how we recruit, how we hire , how we train, how we promote and how we retain, retain in law enforcement who come from the neighborhoods they serve and know the people they’re supposed to protect,” Biden said.

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The claim, like the previous times he made it, faced backlash on social media for being a misinterpretation from law enforcement.

This is why his party is still struggling to get rid of the ‘Defund the Police’ movement. Their LDRs are constantly polluting the police (many of them are minorities) as hating minorities, who should have no means to defend themselves. while their departments have decrees of consent,” wrote Kerry Pickett, Washington Times senior congressional reporter.

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“This may be the dumbest thing Biden says repeatedly, even dumber than Mandela’s lie,” The Spectator editor-in-chief Ben Domenech tweeted.

Florida State Board of Education member Ryan Petty tweeted, “Ole ‘shoot ’em in the leg is at it again. This guy has no real law enforcement experience. In fact, he has no real world experience at all.”

Republican communicator Matt Whitlock wrote, “Oh my God, the President of the United States is doing the ‘shoot them in the leg’ thing. It makes you wonder when was the last time he spoke to a law enforcement officer.”

“Tell me you have little to no training with a firearm without telling me you have little to no training with a firearm,” tweeted RedState Deputy Editor Brandon Morse.

Biden made a similar claim during an October 2020 town hall meeting and faced backlash from law enforcement groups for suggesting officers shoot suspects “in the leg.”

“There are a lot of things we’ve learned and it takes time, but we can do this,” Biden said. “You can outlaw chokeholds…you have to teach people how to de-escalate conditions…Instead of someone coming up to you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg .”

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At the time, Dana Schrad, executive director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, criticized Biden’s claim, noting that officers rarely find themselves in a situation where they have to use their firearms and that it would be very difficult to get an accurate shot at a target as a result. smaller moving part and the risk of missing is too great.

President Biden spoke on gun control Monday at the National Action Network's annual The Dream Defined.

President Biden spoke on gun control Monday at the National Action Network’s annual The Dream Defined.
(National Action Network)

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Later during the MLK Jr. Day speech, Biden also repeated other controversial comments, such as saying he plans to ban “assault weapons”, joking that victims do not “wear Kevlar vests” and insisting that gun owners need F-15s to take on the government.

“And I’ll say what I said and then I’ll say it over and over again. I’m going to ban assault weapons. I’ve done it once. I’m going to do it again. There’s no social redemptive value. They don’t wear Kevlar vests there What the hell do you need for an attack– No, I mean it. And prohibit the number of bullets that go into a magazine. That’s not necessary for anything. I like my right-wing friends who talk about the Tree of Liberty as water of the blood of patriots. If you need work to take on the federal government, you need some F-15s. You don’t need an AR-15. I mean it. Think about it. Think about the reason for this,” Biden said.

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All of these comments were again scrutinized by Twitter users, particularly his claims about F-15s.

“‘I can easily kill you with my military, stupid civilians’ is not a good conversation piece to counter the need for self-defense,” tweeted UKTN commentator Mary Katherine Ham.

“Biden reminds everyone that ultimately they have no freedoms, that the Bill of Rights is essentially void, and that we live under a tyrannical federal government…,” wrote comedian Tim Young.

Conservative digital strategist Logan Hall explained, “The regime fantasizes about taking your guns by force and handing them over to Ukraine.”

Martech Zone founder Douglas Karr asked, “So the Commander-in-Chief believes his F-15 pilots are ready to bomb and fire on Americans? That’s beyond evil and insidious.”

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President Biden has repeated several inflammatory claims about guns during his administration.

President Biden has repeated several inflammatory claims about guns during his administration.
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Biden made a similar claim in both July 2021 and August 2022.

“For those brave right-wing Americans who say it’s all about keeping America independent and safe, if you want to fight the country, you need an F-15. You need more than a gun,” Biden said.

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