From the Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden is calling for a cultural shift around how the country thinks about gun ownership.
“The Second Amendment — no amendment is in fact absolute,” Biden told the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund’s Presidential Gun Sense Forum Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.
“You cannot stand up in this hall and yell fire. That’s not freedom of speech because they know the consequence of yelling fire: There’ll be a stampede, and someone will get hurt,” the former vice president said.
No, you can’t yell “fire” if there is no fire. If there is a fire, you can. There is more to it than that, but I hate that people get this wrong all the time by oversimplifying it. Biden said “fire” from the podium, but he’s not getting arrested because the context of his statement makes it unlikely that people will panic.
“Folks, don’t apologize at all about the Second Amendment,” Biden advised, explaining how the amendment allows for limitations on who can own a weapon and what type. “These guys will tell you, the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots. Give me a break.”
“Can you go out and buy a flamethrower? Can you go out and buy an F-15?” he added. “If you want to protect yourself against the federal government, you’re going to need at least an F-15.”
Actually, yes, you can buy a flame thrower. Some states, like California, restrict how far a device can throw flame, such as a limit of 10 feet.
But they have to be specific, because what is a flame thrower? If you want to do down the line of banning an object that propels burning fuel, you just banned the butane lighter. Not to mention a lot of tools like torches for soldering and brazing, burners for melting asphalt, cutting torches, and industrial lighters. So this is a ridiculously stupid argument.
If you tie the two statements he made together, you get the idea that he thinks that the Second Amendment is a bulwark against tyranny (“These guys will tell you, the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots”) is wrong because you can’t buy an F-15.
Again, Biden is wrong. Yes, he’s right about the not being able to buy an F-15 part, but that’s irrelevant to the Second Amendment being a bulwark against tyranny.
The F-35 requires 50 man-hours of maintenance per flight hour. I don’t have official figures but I’ve seen anecdotes saying that other fighters are a low as 6 man-hours per flight hour. Plus pilots can only stay awake for so long.
Given the limited armament of fighter aircraft, that means that these planes are going to spend a lot more time on the ground than in the sky.
The M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank also requires a ridiculous amount of maintenance to keep in fighting condition.
I used to not believe this, but I’m getting more and more sure that half the military is made up of people like Spenser Rapone, Mike Prysner, and Bradley “Chelsea” Manning. Only because there are so many far-Left Democrat politicians, like Ted Lieu, Pam Keith, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy McGrath who are decorated veterans and then in politics are viciously anti-gun, advocate for open borders, extreme economic redistributionism, and show abject contempt for Conservatives and Trump supporters.
It honestly surprises me that someone could swear an oath to defend this country, accept a commission from the Congress of the United States, go overseas on deployment, then think it’s perfectly acceptable for middle and working-class men and women to go broke paying taxes into a system that gives away goodies such as healthcare to every person who sneaks into our country while saying they want mandatory buy-back of guns from law-abiding citizens.
Like, this legitimately boggles my mind.
Would Amy McGrath really fly a sortie in an F-18 against a bunch of gun owners hiding out in a cabin in the woods with their hoard of AR-15’s they refused to sell to the government? Can somebody in Kentucky ask her this?
So let’s say for a moment that half our military is still willing to fight in a war against the American people.
Does the military still have enough maintenance technicians to repair, refuel, and rearm our aircraft and vehicles, while providing security for said vehicles while they are on runways and in maintenance hangars being worked on?
He’s right that I may not be able to shoot down an F-15 with my AR-15.
I just don’t think he, or any of the people that think like him, have an idea of what a guy with an AR-15 can do to an F-15 while it is parked on the ground.