On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made a hard-left turn on guns, telling reporters that he wants to ban magazines that hold “multiple bullets,” meaning all magazines. Biden claimed there should be “no compromise” when it comes to gun legislation.
“And we’re talking about loosening access, to have guns, to be able to take them into places of worship, I mean, it is absolutely irrational. It’s totally irrational,” Biden said during his campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, “The idea that we don’t have elimination of assault-type weapons, magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them, it’s absolutely mindless.”
Despite this type of policy effectively banning the vast majority of handguns and all semi-automatic rifles, Biden claimed “it’s no violation of the Second Amendment.”
Infringements on the Second Amendment aside, the policies the Democrats keep pushing are ineffective. As statistician Leah Libresco writes in The Washington Post, “I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly.”
“Then, my colleagues and I at FiveThirtyEight spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States, and I wound up frustrated in a whole new way. We looked at what interventions might have saved those people, and the case for the policies I’d lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence. The best ideas left standing were narrowly tailored interventions to protect subtypes of potential victims, not broad attempts to limit the lethality of guns.”