The left-leaning Washington Post hit President Biden with four Pinocchios over his recent statement that said the Second Amendment bars Americans from owning cannons.
According to The Hill:
“And I might add: The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited the type of people who could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own. You couldn’t buy a cannon,” Biden said during a speech on gun violence in America last week.
The Post, citing experts on the Second Amendment and historical documents, reported Biden’s assertion about cannons relative to the right to bear and keep arms in the United States is demonstrably false.
“Everything in that statement is wrong,” David Kopel, research director and Second Amendment project director at the Independence Institute told the Post, adding that after the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791 “there were no federal laws about the type of gun you could own, and no states limited the kind of gun you could own.”
“Some readers might think this is a relatively inconsequential flub. But we disagree,” fact checker Glenn Kessler wrote. “Every U.S. president has a responsibility to get American history correct, especially when he’s using a supposed history lesson in service of a political objective. The president’s push for more gun restrictions is an important part of his political platform, so he undercuts his cause when he cites faux facts.”
Biden has made the false claim about the Second Amendment before, first making the remark during an interview ith Wired Magazine.