Vice President Joe Biden stopped by MSNBC’s Morning Joe Thursday to talk about gun control, and said that he believes that many Americans own guns because they like the feel of owning guns. To them, Biden says, it’s like “driving a Ferrari.”
Biden has strangely become the Obama Administration’s key point man on gun control, one of the nation’s biggest and most difficult issues of late. We say “strangely,” because he’s kind of a risky guy to put in front of such a crucial issue. His reputation as a “gaffe machine” can make him difficult for most Americans to take seriously.
His argument on Morning Joe was a familiar one, commenting that gun control opponents have been busy spreading “disinformation” and “paranoia” on the issue, and opining that some Americans only cling to their guns because they like how it “feels.”
“This is one of the cases where the public is so far ahead of the elected officials, I mean so far ahead,” Biden argued. “You saw it in immigration, you saw it in marriage issues, you’re seeing it now. The public has moved to a different place.”
The conversation turned to the constitutionality of some proposed gun control measures, which Biden dismissed as irrelevant. “You’re allowed to deny certain weapons and certain bullets,” he said.
But the stinger in Biden’s argument focused on the shifting attitude toward gun ownership in America. Instead of desiring guns for hunting, Biden says, many Americans desire guns because having them feels good.
“There is a whole new sort of group of individuals now…that never hunt at all,” he said. “But they own guns for one of two reasons — self-protection, or they just like the feel of that AR-15 at the range.”
“They like the way it feels,” Biden continued. “It’s like driving a Ferrari, you know. And so my impression is there’s not the same sort of cultural norm about gun ownership with a lot of people who are buying guns now.”
Watch for yourself below. Are you a gun owner? Do you just like the feel of owning a gun? Is it like “driving a Ferrari,” as Joe Biden says? Sound off!
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