Joe Biden: Gun Owners with AK-47s Can’t Beat the Government’s F-15s

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on February 09, 2020 in Hudson, New Hampshire. With two days to go until the New Hampshire primary, Joe Biden is campaigning across the state. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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During a meandering question and answer session in Hudson, New Hampshire, Joe Biden told gun owners that their AK-47s are no match for the government’s F-15s.

Biden said, “There is a Second Amendment, and you do have a right to bear arms but not an unlimited right.” He later added, “The Constitution does not say anybody can own a weapon; it says only certain people can own weapons.”

He then referenced gun owners who quote Thomas Jefferson’s statement on the tension that exists between free men and the rulers who wish to subjugate them; that statement includes Jefferson’s observation that “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants.”

Biden said, “Those who say ‘the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots’ — a great line, well, guess what: The fact is, if you’re going to take on the government, you need an F-15 with Hellfire Missiles. There is no way an AK-47 is going to take care of you if you’re worried about the government knocking down your door.”

Biden said over 58 percent of NRA members say, “You can’t own an ‘assault weapon.'”

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. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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