In a recent tweet, President Joe Biden urged Congress to implement a nationwide ban on assault weapons. The tweet prompted strong reactions from Republican voters and gun rights supporters who believe that such a ban would infringe on their Second Amendment rights.
Ryan Petty, a father who lost his daughter in the Parkland shooting and founder of the WalkUp Foundation, responded to Biden’s tweet with skepticism, stating that more gun control would not make students safer.
Defense attorney Marina Medvin also criticized the President’s stance, reminding him of the oath he and Congress took to uphold the Constitution.
Some social media users did voice their support for Biden’s proposal, including poet Arun Budhathoki and another individual who believed it was “long past time” for such action. However, the majority of comments were critical of Biden’s call for a ban.
Jack Lombardi II, a former Republican Congressional candidate, pointed out that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms and should not be infringed upon.
In addition to criticism from Republican voters, female gun owners have also expressed their dissatisfaction with Biden’s rhetoric. A video released by the NRA in February featured a group of women asserting that they were not the enemy and that they considered themselves “the good guys.”