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Biden Declares ‘No Amendment To The Constitution Is Absolute’ In Gun Control Speech

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President Joe Biden declared Thursday that “no amendment is absolute” while unveiling a series of executive actions targeting American citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

“Today, we’re taking steps to confront not just the gun crisis, but what is actually a public health crisis,” Biden announced in a speech at the White House’s Rose Garden, claiming: “Nothing, nothing I am about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment.”

“No amendment, no amendment to the Constitution is absolute,” the president continued. “You can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater — recall a freedom of speech. From the very beginning, you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own. From the very beginning that the Second Amendment existed, certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons.”

Biden then called it “bizarre” to criticize his executive actions as “contrary to the Constitution.”

As part of his orders, Biden directed the Department of Justice to write laws requiring background checks for homemade “ghost guns.” The president also requested the DOJ develop a model for “red flag” laws for states as a guideline. Additionally, he announced the nomination of gun control advocate David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). However, in announcing his pick, Biden referred to the federal agency as the “AFT” — twice.

President @JoeBiden: “Today I’m proud to nominate David Chipman to serve as the director of the AFT [sic]. David knows the AFT [sic] well.” pic.twitter.com/qgjPtFZd9S

“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic,” Biden said in his remarks, calling the situation “an international embarrassment.”

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