Well, Joe Biden said something stupid—again. I know diarrhea of the mouth is the former vice president’s lifelong issue, but this time it was rather unsettling, especially after such a tragic event. Devin Kelley murdered 26 people and wounded 20 more when he opened fire on a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5. He was by all accounts disturbed. An Air Force veteran, he was court martialed in 2012 for domestic abuse. He was convicted, sentenced to a year in jail, and then given a bad-conduct discharged in 2014. He was able to obtain weapons because the Air Force did not forward his criminal record to the FBI. That’s how he was able to pass a background check, despite being a prohibited person. Domestic abusers are not allowed to own firearms; there’s no argument there. And it’s been law for years, despite the anti-gun Left’s amnesia on the matter.
Stephen Willeford lived near the church. His daughter alerted him of the gunshots and a man in tactical near the church, which prompted him to grab his AR-15 rifle. He ran across the street—barefoot—and engaged Kelley, preventing him from inflicting more violence on the innocent churchgoers. Willeford is an NRA member and was a certified instructor. Yet, that part was glossed over by Biden, who answered questions during a Today Show town hall event on Monday. A woman asked the former vice president how the Democratic anti-gun agenda could be justified since Willeford, a legal gun owner (a good guy with a gun is more like it), stopped the carnage from being more extensive in Texas. Biden said said that Willeford shouldn’t have been carrying the weapon he was carrying because he’s for a so-called assault weapons ban (via Washington Examiner) [emphasis mine]:
How do you justify Democratic view on gun control when TX shooter was stopped by man who was legally licensed to carry gun? Crowd asks Biden pic.twitter.com/an35oT3rLY
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 13, 2017
During an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, an audience member asked Biden asked how he would “justify the Democratic view on gun control when the shooter was stopped by a man who was legally licensed to carry a gun.” But Biden talked more broadly about the need for gun control.
“First of all, the kind of gun he was carrying, he shouldn’t be carrying,” Biden said in an apparent reference to the Texas church shooter. He then mentioned a gun control law he had introduced while in the Senate.
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