Joe Biden's Promise to Tighten Gun Rules Gives Conservatives New Ammo Day Before Election

Conservatives on Twitter have jumped on a tweet from former Vice President Joe Biden vowing to pass gun ownership legislation, warning that a victory for the Democratic candidate will be a major blow for Second Amendment advocates.

Biden wrote Sunday that he would ban "assault weapons, ban high-capacity magazines and introduce universal background checks in a bid to confront what he called Americas "gun violence epidemic."

The former vice president has long pushed for a re-evaluation of gun rights in America. President Donald Trump has played on this to draw support from Second Amendment advocates, claiming that a Biden victory in Tuesday's election would signal the start of a new government offensive against gun owners.

"It's long past time we take action to end the scourge of gun violence in America," Biden wrote. "As president, I'll ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, implement universal background checks, and enact other common-sense reforms to end our gun violence epidemic."

Joel Pollack, senior editor-at-large for the right-wing Breitbart News website, said Biden "just tweeted a Trump campaign ad." Right-wing pundit and former New York police officer John Cardillo predicted the tweet would hurt Biden in key states. "Well he just lost AZ, OH, PA, and probably MN," Cardillo wrote.

Lauren Boebert, a Republican candidate for a Colorado congressional seat and Q-Anon conspiracy theorist sympathizer, said: "And with this, you may as well begin writing your concession speech."

Right-leaning comedian Tim Young quote-tweeted Biden's message writing: "A last minute reminder that Biden is coming for your guns." GOP rapid response director Steve Guest said the tweet was evidence that Biden wanted to "shred the Second Amendment." Students for Trump—a right-wing group formed by Charlie Kirk—urged followers: "Protect your 2A rights - get out and VOTE for @realDonaldTrump!"

Donald Trump Jr.—the president's eldest son, who has become a vocal gun ownership advocate since his father became president—meanwhile, tweeted: "TOLD YA."

The president has repeatedly called on Second Amendment supporters to push back against Biden and Democratic pans to tighten gun laws. He has campaigned as a staunch protector of gun rights, though early in his presidency was criticized by gun groups for banning some equipment and other comments suggesting he would be open to reform.

After the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, Trump banned bump stocks—which increase the rate at which semi-automatic weapons can be fired—as the nation grieved and opponents demanded action.

Trump was also criticized by gun groups after voicing support for seizing guns from those considered dangerous without due process.

After the Stoneman Douglas high school shooting in Florida in 2018, Trump said: "I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man's case that just took place in Florida ... to go to court would have taken a long time...Take the guns first, go through due process second."

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Second Amendment supporters gather at an annual march for the right to bear arms at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on September 17, 2020. JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images/Getty