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Forget it, he’s rolling. We’ve become accustomed to a rather high level of hyperbole in debates over firearms, but Joe Biden’s response in last night’s CBS News debate might have set a new record. When Gayle King asked him why people should have confidence in his ability to pass effective gun control regulation, Biden responded by claiming that nearly half of the population of the entire country had been wiped out by gun violence over the past dozen years.
“150 million people have been killed since 2007,” Biden declared, laying blame for the “carnage on our streets!” on Bernie Sanders for exempting gun manufacturers from lawsuits.
KING: We’re going to begin with you, Vice President Biden, for this part. Just across the street, as you mentioned at the top of the debate, is the theater (sic) where nine people were shot and killed inside the Mother Emanuel Church. We all remember that day back in 2015.
And every day in our country, over 100 people die from gun violence. You all have plans, I know, on this stage, to address the gun crisis. But Congress has not been able to pass a major gun legislation in a quarter of a century. And just think about this, in those 25 years we’ve had Columbine, Newtown, Parkland, Las Vegas. We could go on and on.
Vice President Biden, I want to start with you, why should anyone have faith that you’re the one who can get this done now?
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