According to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, Biden allegedly “does not support a ban on the sale of all handguns.”
The press secretary’s latest cleanup of Biden’s remarks emerges as the president made a visit to the site of the tragic shooting that unfolded across an elementary school campus in Uvalde, Texas. During his visit, Biden remarked that 9mm bullets “simply have no rational basis” when it comes to either hunting or “self-protection.”
As reported widely across the media, the Canadian government has taken abrupt action against guns, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin asserting that “capping” the market on handguns was necessary to prevent widespread tragedy, though Canada has experienced few mass shooting events relative to its Southern neighbor.
Trudeau’s abrupt move on handguns has led many to question whether or not the Biden administration is angling for similarly abrupt restrictions.
During the White House’s press briefing on Tuesday, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy inquired whether or not Biden intended to follow in the footsteps of Trudeau, who is in the process of “making it impossible to buy, sell, transfer, or import handguns anywhere in that country.”
“Would President Biden ever consider a similar restriction on handguns here?” Doocy inquired.
Jean-Pierre replied quickly and affirmatively to Doocy’s inquiry, insisting that the president “does not support a ban on all handguns.”
Jean-Pierre also further remarked that the White House will “leave it up to other countries to set their policy on gun ownership,” though other countries should be able to make their own laws by virtue of being their own autonomous countries.
“As I just laid out,” Jean-Pierre trilled, “[Biden] supports a ban on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and expanded background checks,” adding that such measures were intended “to keep guns out of … dangerous hands.”