Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Friday dismantled President Joe Biden’s arguments that so-called “assault weapons” are responsible for an outsized number of gun homicides in the U.S.
Using the latest statistics from the FBI, Carlson noted that the class of firearms mistakenly referred to as assault weapons actually kill far fewer Americans than fists and knives, as well as other firearms.
To begin his segment, Carlson recalled the 2015 case of a New Jersey man named Edward Canaglia who had a fight with his wife and was summarily sent for a forced hospital psychological evaluation after she claimed he was a threat to her and his safety.
While being examined, Carlson noted that police confiscated Canaglia’s two firearms without first obtaining a warrant and subsequently refused to return them even after he was determined not to be a threat by physicians.
The case is now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, Carlson said, adding that the Biden administration is actually arguing that police should have a right to seize firearms without warrants, in violation of the Constitution, and without repercussion.
“So this case is now before the Supreme Court as it should be. But here’s the remarkable thing, the Biden administration is backing the police officers who stole Edward Canaglia’s guns with no warrant,” Carlson said.
“Any guns that Joe Biden’s police find will be confiscated in the name of ‘public safety.’ Think about that, it’s almost beyond belief. It should be on the front page of every paper in the country, the ACLU should be fighting it but none of that’s happening,” the host continued.
According to Joe Biden, firearms are just that dangerous. And most dangerous of all, Joe Biden has told us, including this week, are something called ‘assault weapons.’ Assault weapons are such a threat, Joe Biden says, he’s not going to wait for the Supreme Court. He wants Congress, which his party controls, to pass a total ban on ‘assault weapons,” said Carlson.
“That sounds familiar because we did it before—for ten years. And it didn’t work, it didn’t work for a bunch of different reasons,” he added, referencing the 1994 ban on so-called assault weapons signed by then-President Bill Clinton.
After majority Republicans allowed the law to expire ten years later, subsequent studies found that the law had no appreciable effect on the murder rate.
Carlson offered his own reasoning for the failure of the ban.
“First, because no one can define what an ‘assault weapon’ is. Second, not that many people are killed by assault weapons. But Joe Biden doesn’t care,” he added.
“If you go to Joe Biden’s website, you’ll learn that ‘assault weapons’ are responsible for quote, our gun violence epidemic. They’re ‘weapons of war’ and if you can get them off the streets this country will be a much safer place. Well, that’s a total crock. And not only is it a lie, it’s an appalling lie, contradicted completely by actual evidence,” he continued.
Citing 2019 FBI homicide statistics, the most recent year, Carlson said that there were 364 murders involving all types of rifles, not just those referred to by critics as assault weapons.
Meanwhile, roughly 600 people were killed with fists, feet, and hands, while knives and other cutting tools were used in 1,476 homicides.
Thus, Carlson said, based on the Biden Justice Department’s arguments in the Canaglia, “police ought to be able to come into your home and seize your cutlery without a warrant.”
“If you really wanted to save lives,” he noted further, “you’d ban the things that caused the most deaths, would’t you? If you cared about public safety, you’d also enforce the gun laws already on the books” in large cities like Washington, D.C., Chicago and elsewhere, the host added.
“This has nothing to do with public safety. It’s an attempt to punish the people who didn’t vote for Joe Biden in November. A lot of these problematic voters have the guns the Biden administration is describing as ‘assault weapons,’” he said.
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