White House confirms Biden is looking at ‘executive actions’ after Trudeau strips citizens of gun rights

A day after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced sweeping actions that threaten the self-defense capabilities of his citizenry, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre wouldn’t rule out President Joe Biden taking a similar course.

Fundamentally, the United States is unlike any other nation in the world. An American’s rights are meant to be protected through the Constitution, and yet, the people elected into office who swore to uphold it continue to behave as though the rights enshrined therein do not exist.

When Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy had a chance to ask some questions at Tuesday’s press briefing, he led with the possibility of an infringement upon the Second Amendment.

“Canada is making it impossible to buy, sell, transfer, or import handguns anywhere in that country,” he stated. “Would President Biden ever consider a similar restriction on handguns here?”

“So, you know, we’ll leave it up to other countries to set their policy on gun ownership,” Jean-Pierre replied rather dismissively. Rather than leave the matter there, affirm an Americans’ right to keep and bear arms, or even dodge the meat of Doocy’s question, she demonstrated that the administration is not shying away from a potential crackdown on gun ownership.

“The president has made his position clear: The United States needs to act. As I just laid out, he supports a ban on sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and expanded background checks to keep guns out of the dangerous hands,” she reviewed before adding, “He does not support a ban on the sale of all handguns.”

In other words, Biden wants to ban as many firearms as he can get away with. The only thing stopping him is the law. “Canadians, unlike Americans, do not have a constitutional right to bear arms,” according to a 1993 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada.

“The president has made this one of his priorities from the first day that he walked in – into this – this administration,” Jean-Pierre said of Biden’s plans on gun control legislation, “and now he’s calling on Congress to act. And so, he is hopeful. He wants to make sure there’s action.”

On Monday, the president also made clear that he intends to do more than just push back on high-capacity magazines and so-called assault weapons. Repeating the debunked claim that the Second Amendment did not permit citizens from owning a cannon, Biden once again explained that, to him, the words “shall not be infringed” mean “no right is absolute” as he now seeks a way to restrict the caliber of firearms available to the public.

While she expressed the administration might be at a dead-end for the time being, Jean-Pierre went on to suggest there is no limit to the lengths they are willing to take to get their way on this issue.

“Look, the president has done everything that he can from – from the federal government. We are looking at other executive actions that we can possibly do,” she said.


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