Critics lash out at Biden after ‘sick’ comment on semi-automatic weapon purchases: ‘Plain ignorance’

President Biden faced intense backlash from critics on Thanksgiving after speaking out against the purchase of semi-automatic weapons.

During a press event in Nantucket, Mass., Biden reiterated his previous support for new gun restrictions while talking about the recent mass shooting in Colorado.

“The idea that we’re still allowing the purchase of semi-automatic weapons is sick,” Biden said. “Just sick. It has no social redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single justification for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.”

A reporter then asked Biden if he would be able to make any move on new gun laws while Republicans control the House in the next Congress, to which the president said he would make that assessment while counting votes.

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“I’ll try,” Biden said. “I will try to get rid of assault weapons.”

Prominent Twitter users pointed out that semi-automatic weapons typically include handguns, rifles and shotguns, which account for a large portion of gun sales in the US

“So pretty much all guns are on the big guy’s chopping block,” tweeted Hollywood actor James Woods.

“Wow. Are there any guns Biden wouldn’t ban?” asked Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

US Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky. said Biden “maligned most gun owners” with his stance on gun purchases, noting that Americans rejected gun control measures advanced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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Missouri’s 4th Congressional District US Representative-elect Mark Alford called Biden’s position on gun laws “pure ignorance” and cited an article noting that semi-automatic weapons make up 50% of all gun sales in America.

Several other right-wing Twitter users also called out the president for his comments on gun purchases.

Earlier this year, Biden’s call for an assault weapons ban fell flat with Republicans, even as nearly two dozen GOP senators rejected the gun lobby in favor of a bipartisan gun bill.

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Democrats control the House by a narrow margin until January. The Senate, meanwhile, is split 50-50 between both parties. For a comprehensive gun control package to pass, including an assault weapons ban, at least 10 GOP supporters are needed to break the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold.

Fox News’ Haris Alic contributed to this report.

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