As we’ve reported, Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech was a confused mishmash that got virtually everything wrong, even devolving into chaos when Biden lied about Social Security and Medicare cuts and the Republicans let him hear it from the floor.
But Biden did one good thing during the speech when he recognized Brandon Tsay, the man who confronted and disarmed the Monterey Park, CA mass shooter a couple of weeks ago during the Lunar New Year celebrations. Tsay was working at the second dance hall the shooter went to, and managed to wrest the gun away from him before he could slaughter more people. His actions were incredibly brave, and he should be recognized.
Brandon Tsay is a hero. He fought the Monterey Park shooter and disarmed him.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) January 24, 2023
Instead of doing something like presenting Tsay with a medal or some honor, Biden took Tsay’s heroism and used it to further his political agenda — using the mass shooting to once against push gun control and a ban on assault weapons.
“Ban assault weapons now! Ban them now! Once and for all.”
President Biden acknowledged Brandon Tsay, the 26-year-old who wrestled a gun away from the shooter in Monterey Park, California, and urged Congress to ban assault weapons during #SOTU2023 pic.twitter.com/49V9Iws3A9
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 8, 2023
In addition to inappropriately using the young man’s heroism to aid in his campaign to infringe on people’s Constitutional rights, there’s one big thing that Biden leaves out of the story. California has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country and they already have an assault weapons ban. That did not stop the shooter. Indeed, it only meant that others would be unarmed when facing the shooter. In California, law-abiding people are defenseless, as Heritage Foundation Legal Fellow Amy Swearer observed.
California banned assault weapons and virtually banned public carry, but the only thing that protected anyone on Lunar New Year was the courage of an unarmed man rendered utterly defenseless by the state. https://t.co/rq3fDo7T2k
— Amy Swearer (@AmySwearer) February 8, 2023
I’m not even sure that Joe Biden could define what an assault weapon is if he tried. The law that he helped get passed in 1994 also didn’t do what he claimed; multiple studies have said that it did not reduce violence with guns.
George Washington law professor Jonathan Turley also pointed out the problem with Biden’s claim.
…That ban preceded the decision in Heller and studies do not support the claim of the drop in violence tied to the ban. A 2004 Justice Department study found little support for this cause-and-effect claims.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) February 8, 2023
But reality and facts have never stopped Joe Biden from making up tall tales about his achievements. Unfortunately, this tall tale is meant to infringe upon our Constitutional rights.
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