Biden brought the NRA to the table when he headed up an effort to ban armor-piercing, so-called “cop-killer” bullets. He later accused the group of crafting the proposal and then lobbying senators to vote against it.
“We feel double-crossed,” Biden said, according to UPI. “It appears as though we’ve been stuck.”
More recently, Biden offended gun rights activists at a 2007 Democratic presidential debate. In response a questioner who had submitted a YouTube video of himself holding an assault rifle, which he’d described as “my baby,” Biden suggested the man might have mental problems.
“I’ll tell you what, if that is his baby, he needs help,” Biden said. “I don’t know that he is mentally qualified to own that gun.”
During the general election campaign, Biden sought to play up his blue collar roots and the fact that he owned guns.
“I guarantee you Barack Obama ain’t taking my shotguns, so don’t buy that malarkey,” Biden said in rural Virginia, according to ABC News. “Don’t buy that malarkey. They’re going to start peddling that to you.”
“I got two,” Biden said. “If he tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem. . . . Give me a break.”
Later in the campaign, the NRA ran a tough ad in Pennsylvania criticizing Biden’s record on guns: “Joe Biden wants you to believe he shares your values because he was born in Scranton,” the ad says. “But Pennsylvania gun owners and hunters don’t share his values.”
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Cillizza writes The Fix, a politics blog for the Washington Post, and Blake is a frequent contributor to it.
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//White House Hopes Public Campaign Sways Views on Gun Laws//
By Philip Rucker
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WASHINGTON — The White House is working with its allies on a well-financed campaign in Washington and around the country to shift public opinion toward stricter gun laws and provide political cover to lawmakers who end up voting for an assault-weapons ban or other restrictions on firearms.