Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee and “president-elect” if you believe the mainstream media, issued a statement on Monday declaring gun violence a “national health crisis.”
The statement was made in memory of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that took placed on December 14, 2012, which sadly took many lives.
Biden appeared to conflate two issues with one, namely the Chinese coronavirus pandemic – which is clearly a national health problem – with the issue of criminals using guns in a tragic and abhorrent way.
“To the grandparents, parents, siblings, children, spouses, and fellow broken and healing hearts of Sandy Hook, I know. No matter how long it’s been, every time you talk about it, you relive it as though you just heard the news. Eight years later, I know the pain never fully heals,” Biden said in a statement.
Biden said that Sandy Hook was the “saddest day” he and former President Barack Obama experienced in the White House. He praised the parents of Sandy Hook victims for their working attempting to “change our laws and our culture around gun violence and how we protect and nurture our children.”
The former vice president promised during his 2020 presidential campaign to enact legislation that would force owners of so-called “assault weapons” to pay hundreds of dollars in taxes for every gun that they own. He also said that he would put Beto O’Rourke, the notoriously anti-gun failed Texas Senate candidate, in charge of the nation’s gun control policy.
Biden made the comment in March of 2020 after O’Rourke endorsed his campaign.
In his statement, Biden made the same claim as Hillary Clinton and far-left Senator Kamala Harris about gun violence, saying that more than 30,000 people die every year from gun violence.
“Some of these tragedies make national headlines, so many more do not. Every year, more than 30,000 people die from gun violence across America—a statistic we would associate with war in a far-off place. Countless more are left with a lifetime of injuries and trauma,” he added.
The claim, however, combines suicides and homicides. Figures show that more than 20,000 annual firearm-related deaths are actually suicides, meaning that gun violence goes down to 10,000 deaths.
Still a large number, of course, but is it a national health crisis? Or a crime issue that needs to be dealt with by a properly funded police force?