President Biden gets the AR-15 facts wrong as he confronts gun violence in Pennsylvania
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President Joe Biden made gun-related gaffes during a campaign-style event in Pennsylvania on Tuesday afternoon.
Biden traveled to Wilkes-Barre to promote his “Safer America” agenda, which focuses on deterring crime and helping law enforcement. Biden’s policies are also aimed at tightening gun laws and expanding background checks.
During the speech, Biden made an unsourced claim about how fast AR-15s fire bullets.
“Do you realize that the bullet from an AR-15 travels five times faster than a bullet fired from any other weapon?” Biden asked rhetorically during his speech.
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It’s not clear what the president was referring to, but AR-15s generally don’t shoot the fastest bullets.
A June study by hunting gear retailer Field and Stream looked at the fastest rifle cartridges, and AR-15 rounds didn’t make its list.
Field & Stream listed .220 Swift, .257 Weatherby Magnum, and .30/378 Weatherby as the fastest rounds, along with 224 Clark and .22 Eargesplitten Loudenboomer.
.200 rounds are fired in AR-10s, but not AR-15s. Each of these five cartridges varies between 3,400 and 4,600 feet per second (fps), according to the study.
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.223 and 5.56, two popular high-velocity AR-15 rounds, travel between 2,700 and 3,100 feet per second.
Biden also claimed that “AR-15s just tear apart the body,” which is also inaccurate. The damage per shot depends on the type of bullets used.
Biden also mocked Second Amendment advocates in Tuesday’s speech, sarcastically calling them “brave” for believing that guns are a tool for self-defense.
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“For those brave right-wing Americans who say it’s about keeping America independent and safe, if you want to fight the country, you need an F-15,” Biden mocked. “You need something more than a gun.”