Biden References Iowa Shooting Then Pushes Gun Control That Wouldn’t Have Stopped It

President Joe Biden delivers remarks at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., Mon
AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough

While giving a speech Monday at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, President Biden referenced Thursday’s shooting at Iowa’s Perry High School then pushed gun control that would not have prevented the shooting from taking place.

Breitbart News reported the Iowa shooting was carried out by a 17-year-old armed with a pump shotgun and a small caliber handgun.

The Associated Press

Local residents pray during a candlelight vigil following a shooting at Perry High School, Thursday, January 4, 2024, in Perry, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

A sixth grader was killed in the attack and the 17-year-old took his own life.

On Monday, Biden spoke about the Iowa shooting then pushed an “assault weapons” ban, which would include a “high capacity” magazine ban, and universal background checks.

A pump shotgun is not prohibited under an “assault weapons” ban, nor would a small caliber handgun be prohibited. Also, 17-years of age is too young to buy a gun, so background checks — whether at retail, private, or both — would not come into play.

Breitbart News noted that gun control group Newtown Action Alliance also responded to the Iowa shotgun attack by pushing an “assault weapons” ban.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in 2010, a speaker at the 2023 Western Conservative Summit, and he holds a Ph.D. in Military History, with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Reach him directly at


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