Biden speaking on Second Amendment rights, tells reporters “Constitution was never absolute” as he suggests banning certain typ+es of weapons, Supreme Court hunts for leaker, and more stories in conservative politics.
Over the weekend, President Joe Biden visited the site of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, while calling 9mm handguns “high-caliber weapons and suggesting they ought to be banned, Fox reports.
“So, the idea of these high-caliber weapons is, uh, there’s simply no rational basis for it in terms of self-protection, hunting,” Biden said in remarks made outside the White House after returning from Texas. “Remember, the Constitution was never absolute.”
“You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed,” Biden continued. “You couldn’t go out and purchase a lot of weaponry.”
“Why should we allow people to have military-style weapons including pistols with 9-mm bullets and can hold 10 or more rounds,” Biden added.
However, Biden ruled out issuing any executive orders related to guns.
“I can’t dictate this stuff,” the president said. “I can’t outlaw a weapon. I can’t change a background check. I can’t do that.”
Coming in the wake of mass shootings in the US, on Monday, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposed a new law that would freeze private ownership of all short-barreled firearms, the BBC reported. The new law would impose a “national freeze” on buying, importing, transferring, and selling handguns, effectively capping the number of such weapons already in the country, the Washington Post reported. Further, the bill would require magazine rifles to be reconfigured, limiting them to no more than five rounds at a time.
In addition, gun owners involved in domestic violence or criminal harassment would be forced to forfeit firearm licenses.
“Other than using firearms for sport shooting and hunting, there is no reason anyone in Canada should need guns in their everyday lives,” Trudeau told reporters. “As we see gun violence continue to rise, it is our duty to keep taking action.”
The investigation into the source of the leaked draft opinion regarding Roe v. Wade is heating up, as Supreme Court officials are requiring law clerks to provide their cell phone records and sign affidavits, according to three sources with knowledge of the efforts who spoke to CNN in an exclusive report.
Reportedly, the move has prompted some clerks to begin exploring whether they need to hire outside counsel.
The actions are in response to an unknown source leaking a draft opinion to Politico, who then published it on May 2.
The head of US border patrol says he is “extremely proud” of his agents after they nabbed ten sex offenders, pounds and pounds of illegal drugs, as well as captured several illegal immigrants wanted for serious crimes over the three-day holiday weekend. In addition, they also rescued nearly 2 dozen water rescues of migrants, Fox reported.
Agents seized 131 pounds of fentanyl, 26 pounds of heroin, and 13 pounds of methamphetamine.
Among the criminals captured, were an assassination suspect, a fugitive wanted for murder, and three gang members.