Biden: No real law-abiding citizens fear infringement of their constitutional rights, or something

posted at 10:01 am on February 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Breitbart’s headline on this oversells the quote, but only by a little. In an appearance in Connecticut last week, Vice President Joe Biden insisted that people who question this administration on gun policy — like Kate Ernest did just prior to this appearance — aren’t really speaking for themselves, but for “opponents” of gun control and the Obama administration. “No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America,” Biden thunders, “has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. Zero.”

Well, that’s an easy conclusion to reach as soon as you assume that the Kate Ernests are figments of your imagination:

Manufacturers are certainly not figments of imagination, and they provide plenty of jobs for law-abiding Americans. They certainly seem concerned enough to threaten to move jobs if states start infringing on their rights — and retailers are ready to stop supplying those states with weapons they can’t sell to the general public, too (via Instapundit):

A growing number of firearm firms in the US are vowing to reverse-boycott local and state governments that enact any new infringements on the Second Amendment.

Vowing to close what they’re calling “the police loophole,” at least 50 US companies, ranging from gun machinists to gun shops, are now saying publicly they’ll refuse to sell weapons and gear to police in places where governments have banned the use of the same gear by civilians.

Quality Arms, located in Rigby, Idaho, writes on its website that it “will not supply any firearm or product manufactured by us or any other company, nor will we warranty, repair, alter or modify a firearm owned by any state, county or municipality that infringes on the right of its citizens to bear arms under the 2nd Amendment.”

The major gun manufacturers haven’t yet climbed on this bandwagon, but consumer and retailer pressure may force their hand sooner rather than later. The only citizens not objecting so far seem to be the criminals, who get their weapons the old-fashioned way — they steal them.


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Didn’t he just tell every American woman to go out and get a shotgun? We didn’t just get another 4 more years of dear leader, we got 4 more years of this fool.

Kissmygrits on February 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

If you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear.

/s

Dunedainn on February 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Biden’s statement is true if you go by the democrat parties interpretation of the constitution and not the words as written.

meci on February 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Proof anyone can be Vice President.

conservative pilgrim on February 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Alternative newsline: Joe Biden regains consciousness for just enough time to defecate on the Constitution again.

Archivarix on February 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM

No true Scotsman dislikes haggis or wears briefs ‘neath his kilt!

gryphon202 on February 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

“No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America,” Biden thunders, “has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. Zero.”

You are right Joe… I have NO FEAR that the feds will take my means of self defense… that is because I have no intention of complying with any new gun confiscation scheme. And you will never find them until the time they will be needed to defend this land from tyrany. Never fear. You and your fellow traitors will be held accountable.

Kuffar on February 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Didn’t he just tell every American woman to go out and get a shotgun? We didn’t just get another 4 more years of dear leader, we got 4 more years of this fool.

Kissmygrits on February 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Yeah, my wife was just firing her double barrel randomly off the balcony like Biden said to do. I used to think that was illegal in town, but thanks to the brilliant legal mind of Joe Biden, I now now know better.

forest on February 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

“We’re going to need a shorter bus.”

Polish Rifle on February 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

On Feb. 25 & 26, make ‘Five Phone Calls for Freedom’
http://www.grnc.org/grnc-alerts-archive/424-grnc-alert-2-21-13-fight-pending-attack-by-obama-radicals
1. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at 202-224-2541

2. House Speaker John Boehner at 202-225-0600

3. Senator Richard Burr at 202-224-3154

4. Senator Kay Hagan at 202-224-6342

5. Your representative to the U.S. House. To identify your US House representative, go to: http://www.house.gov/representatives/ and then enter your zip code in the upper right corner of the page.

Nothing about the federal proposals is acceptable – not banning semi-automatic firearms and magazines, not expanding the list of people prohibited from owning guns, and not registering private gun sales via the National Instant Check System.

Southern by choice22 on February 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Didn’t he just tell every American woman to go out and get a shotgun?

Kissmygrits on February 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

It doesn’t fit well in a purse.

alwaysfiredup on February 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

No law-abiding president or AG should fear what’s in their correspondence about F&F. So fork over the documents and shut up about guns.

The Rogue Tomato on February 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Atta boy, Joe, throw sand in our eyes and see what that gets you.

petefrt on February 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

But, of course, obama’s gun-grab agenda only infringes upon the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens – it has no effect on obama supporters.

Pork-Chop on February 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

“No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America,” Biden thunders, “has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. Zero.”

So I’m not a law-abiding citizen, Joe?

rbj on February 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Put your money where your fat mouth is, Plugs! Give up your security detail.

Blake on February 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

The Gaffemaster™ strikes again!

NoFanofLibs on February 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Go to hell BIDEN. And take your anti-gun stuff and stick it, too.

No more rifles or handguns for you either then. Including your security guards.

TX-96 on February 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

…CMON HOTAIR with the AUTO PLAY COMMERCIALS!

…CMON HOTAIR with the AUTO PLAY COMMERCIALS!

…CMON HOTAIR with the AUTO PLAY COMMERCIALS!

…CMON HOTAIR with the AUTO PLAY COMMERCIALS!

TX-96 on February 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Biden epitomizes the warped, distorted thinking of the left.

rplat on February 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Biden epitomizes the warped, distorted thinking of the left.

rplat on February 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM

5-Time Republican Draft Dodger VP (Cheney) = “Evil”

5-Time Democrat Draft Dodger VP (Biden) = “Genius”

Del Dolemonte on February 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

“If you have nothing to fear or hide, you won’t object to us searching your house…car…cavities…”

Solaratov on February 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

“No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America,” Biden thunders, “has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. Zero.”

James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the boys would beg to differ.

RadClown on February 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

“No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America,” Biden thunders, “has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. Zero.”

Hey Thunder-Britches… Call me, I need to explain something to you.

WestTexasBirdDog on February 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

“No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America,” Biden thunders, “has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. Zero.”

Hear that ACLU? What are you hiding?

RadClown on February 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Nice autoplaying Spanish ads Hotair.com… TownHall… I want the old HotAir.com back.

Kaptain Amerika on February 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

And now a word from someone who knows what he’s talking about:

Maryland Governor’s New Proposal Targets Bullet Limits
An Outlook from a Former Secret Service Agent
http://bongino.com/

Dan Bongino, former US Secret Service Officer and former US Senate Candidate speaks at the Annapolis, MD Guns Across America Rally. Jan 19th, 2013.

Dan Bongino @ Guns Across America Rally in Annapolis, MD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8WLXhahw_A&feature=player_detailpage

Southern by choice22 on February 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

That would be because there are NO law-abiding citizens in the country, with perhaps the exception of people in coma’s. Then the statement still stands, as they are not able to be in fear while in a coma. Remember, we live in a nation where it is likely that by the time you have made it to work in the morning you have broken at least three laws.

astonerii on February 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

“No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America,” Biden thunders, “has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. Zero.”

Errrmmm……..Joe…….how do you define “law-abiding citizen”? Whose law?

avagreen on February 25, 2013 at 10:26 AM

“Law-abiding” coming from this administration? lol.

hillsoftx on February 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

TX-96 on February 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Of what do you speak? I see none.

OldEnglish on February 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Biden’s premise is so much crap that it doesn’t deserve a response. Only laughter, a dismissive wave, and walking away will suffice. And that’s the thing–disregard a liberal’s premise and there’s nothing else about which to talk.

Liam on February 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Bagdad Bob with hair plugs?

Don L on February 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Spanish is the new HotAir Language. Woo the illegal vote.

Bulletchaser on February 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM

“No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America,” Biden thunders, “has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. Zero.”

Tell that to libfree for those instances where a citizen is pulled over for DWB–Driving While Black.

Liam on February 25, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Biden

…you want an example on how far our country has slipped backwards and slipped into a septic field…even with Spiro Agnew et al as examples…THERE’s YOUR Vice President!…a heartbeat away!…MY GAWD!… My gawd!…

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

He’s right, actually.

As proof, just look at how many “average” Americans voted for him and 0bama. Do you think any of those morons care about their Constitutional rights? Or even know what their Constitutional rights are?

All they care about is who wore what dress to the Oscars last night.

UltimateBob on February 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM

If Joey is telling us ‘we have nothing to fear’, it’s time to FEAR!

GarandFan on February 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Tell that to libfree for those instances where a citizen is pulled over for DWB–Driving While Black.

Liam on February 25, 2013 at 10:32 AM

…for turdfreeorpee…that DWB would be-Driving While Braindead.

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM

If you like your doctor/insurance guns, you can keep your doctor/insurance guns.

Credibility

antipc on February 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

“No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America,” Biden thunders, “has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. Zero.”

That’s because once they pass their new gun grab laws,decent citizens who keep their guns will noi longer be “law-abiding citizens” will they Joe? You learn well the art of deceit from your diabalically trained mentor– who pretends messiahship but seeks to rule like the opposite. Only a fool would ever trust a professional supporter of killing live helpless babies!

Don L on February 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

If you have done nothing wrong, than let them search your house, car, take you to the police station and interrogate you for hours without counsel…if you have done nothing wrong, answer every question, don’t ever take the 5th, you don’t need legal counsel if you have done nothing wrong…let them check into your background, call your employers, check with your doctors, talk to your kids teachers, if you have done nothing wrong…

Do whatever the government wants, give them whatever they ask for, if you have done nothing wrong…

right2bright on February 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Gun manufacturers doing the job the press fails to do. Stand up to a tyrannical government. Obama probably figured the manufacturers would grovel at their feet so they could keep the business of government and therefore continue to exist. But Whammo! they will shut off a source of income rather than submit to tyranny. Thank God for the gun maufacturers leading the way!

Herb on February 25, 2013 at 10:44 AM

“No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America,” Biden thunders, “has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. Zero.”

Now tell that same thing to the NAACP audience…to the Black Caucus, and tell them they have nothing to fear…let’s see how that plays out.

I want some news organization (Fox probably the only one who would) state that to one of the Black political leaders in the country…

right2bright on February 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

…you want an example on how far our country has slipped backwards and slipped into a septic field…even with Spiro Agnew et al as examples…THERE’s YOUR Vice President!…a heartbeat away!…MY GAWD!… My gawd!…

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I’ve been saying for a long time – that’s why he’s there. He’s Barky’s insurance policy.

dentarthurdent on February 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM

I agree, the auto play doesn’t cut it.

voiceofreason on February 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Do whatever the government wants, give them whatever they ask for, if you have done nothing wrong…

right2bright on February 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Yup – cuz, as others have said, there are SO MANY dam laws now -
Are you really SURE you haven’t done anything wrong?

dentarthurdent on February 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM

… The major gun manufacturers haven’t yet climbed on this bandwagon, but consumer and retailer pressure may force their hand sooner rather than later.

Major manufacturers may sell directly to the Federal government but sales to lesser agencies and civilians, like booze go through distributors.

M240H on February 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Okay, I’ve waited for almost an hour and still no one has picked up the obvious from Crazy Uncle Joe;

No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America,” Biden thunders, “has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. Zero.”

What about all these non-citizens? You know the ones who have invaded us from the south, last I was told by Barky & co. they total some 11 million. Do they not count? Should they have something to fear? Will they lose their guns?

What the heck was I thinking, of course they have nothing to fear, they will soon be citizens, gack!

D-fusit on February 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Yup – cuz, as others have said, there are SO MANY dam laws now -
Are you really SURE you haven’t done anything wrong?

dentarthurdent on February 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM

That is not your decision…they will determine if you have not done anything wrong…but if you don’t think you have, open up.

After all, you are law abiding, so why not let them absolutely be sure…kind of like the dunking test for witches.

right2bright on February 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM

A good and true citizen supports the Reich.

/

M240H on February 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Oh don’t so hard on Biden, Joe’s a beacon, veritable Saint Peters candle for the freedom to with others as they please crowd.

Speakup on February 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM

The funny thing is, this is a complete reversal of conservative/liberal positions over the years.

It used to be a somewhat conservative position with regard to 4th amendment type issues, that law abiding people didn’t have anything to fear so why the worry over warrantless searches, etc. (this was when the Warren Court was inventing Miranda warnings and the like).

the liberals argued that you have to protect the rights on the fringes because that is where gov’t first starts to trample them (i.e., the criminals or suspected criminals) and then the gov’t slowly rolls up the rights altogether.

This was actually more-or-less the status of left/right positions on civil rights type issues (I am, of course, painting with a broad brush here) until the last 10 years or so.

Now, the liberals support Executive kill lists, killing American citizens on foreign soil without due process, speech codes, and all kinds of other liberty killing ideas. the left has never been supportive of the 2nd amendment – even in the past I am describing above – but overall they have abandoned any consideration for individual rights in favor of gov’t control.

I remember when the left used to be the party of “question authority”. Now they are the party of “don’t questions authority”.

It’s amusing in some sense, but quite scary in other senses.

Monkeytoe on February 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM

“No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America,” Biden thunders, “has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. Zero.”

…for extremely large values of Zero.

Lily on February 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM

After all, you are law abiding, so why not let them absolutely be sure…kind of like the dunking test for witches.

right2bright on February 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Ya- no kiddin’.
Confess or we kill you – and then if you confess we’ll kill you in a different way.

dentarthurdent on February 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM

If you disagree with Obama you’re a racist, and if you fear this overbearing government is about to step on or infringe on your Constitutional Rights… you’re not law-abiding.

Got it.

RalphyBoy on February 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Secretary of State John Kerry can see Kyrzakhstan from his house.

He’d still be able to see it if he were a blind man.

LoInFos: Do you know why?

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

No law-abiding administration in the United States of America, has any fear that their constitutional powers will be infringed in any way by providing Congress with the facts. None. Zero.

Right, Joe?

jnelchef on February 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Beretta USA, a major player in the gun industry, may pull out of MD. They moved some infrastructure in the past to VA. I heard this hinted at the MD Senate hearing on Feb. 6th. Now it is in print and after the bill was changed to exempt Beretta and other gun manufacturers in MD from liability suits. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/berettas-future-in-maryland-tied-to-states-gun-control-debate/2013/02/23/bcc56c62-7776-11e2-95e4-6148e45d7adb_story_1.html

amr on February 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

I finally understand why Obama keeps Biden around. He is so innocently stupid and that is why he get it right every so often.

Gatekeeper on February 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Just when I think this idiot can not make any more statements that are dummer than what has already been said, It speaks again. He has to be talking our of his arse because his mouth knows better. This idiot has sold his soul to the devil and his brain needs to be preserved for scientific study. His brain could be used for bug spray and fertilizer.
How can people continue to elect this POS and finally let him become VP? The entire world is laughing at us and how stupid some people are for ever considering Biden for any job.

harvey1 on February 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM

I finally understand why Obama keeps Biden around. He is so innocently stupid and that is why he get it right every so often.

Gatekeeper on February 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Insurance

dentarthurdent on February 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM

What’s up with Joe wearing glasses in the cover pic? Is he trying to at least look more intelligent?

Marcola on February 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

For those who missed this, Black leaders speaking out against gun control:

http://www.c-span.org/Events/Black-Leaders-Speak-On-Gun-Control/10737438291/

Scrumpy on February 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM

What lying Joe really means is that you are not law abiding if you have a fear of government infringement on your constitutional rights.Shove it, Joe.

Charm on February 25, 2013 at 11:59 AM

For those who missed this, Black leaders speaking out against gun control:

http://www.c-span.org/Events/Black-Leaders-Speak-On-Gun-Control/10737438291/

Scrumpy on February 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Thanks…

Now Biden can tell them “No real law-abiding citizens fear infringement of their constitutional rights,..”

And tell them to sit down and quit complaining and whining…their is no need for a black caucus or a “black” leader, if they are law abiding.

The only reason to have a “caucus” is because they are obviously breaking the law in some way…

right2bright on February 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I am having a problem with their and there today…good grief…

right2bright on February 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM

“No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. Zero.”

that’s an easy conclusion to reach as soon as you assume that the Kate Ernests are figments of your imagination

It also works if you declare anyone who disagrees with your claim to be a criminal.

Arguing with an idiot is a waste of breath. All you can do is keep hitting him in the head with protests, letters, polls, and votes until he either figures out it’s politically dangerous or it doesn’t matter what he says.

Socratease on February 25, 2013 at 12:15 PM

The major gun manufacturers haven’t yet climbed on this bandwagon, but consumer and retailer pressure may force their hand sooner rather than later.

I can’t recall where I read it, but, Armalite is apparently trying to have it both ways. Their CEO claims they are joining the reverse boycott of LE departments, but will still sell to individual officers.

a capella on February 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM

“No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America,” Biden thunders, “should ever need their Miranda rights explained to them, because they shouldn’t need them.” Right?

GWB on February 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Democrats: Living in the Twilight Zone since 2007.

ButterflyDragon on February 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM

They violate the law of the land everyday when they violate their oaths to uphold the constitution.

What do they know about “law abiding”?

i believe he’s referring to all of the “Obama abiding” brainwashed sheep out there.

Oxymoron on February 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

If indeed Biden actually believes this, he is truly one of the dumbest men in the U.S.government.

diogenes on February 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A growing number of firearm firms in the US are vowing to reverse-boycott local and state governments that enact any new infringements on the Second Amendment.

So won’t the next step be for the administration to attempt to nationalize the firearm industry under the pretense of national security?

Deacon336 on February 25, 2013 at 1:13 PM

“No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America,” Biden thunders, “has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. Zero.”

NARAL and the ACLU will be glad to hear that they are nothing but shills, I suppose…

JohnGalt23 on February 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Thanks, Joe, for being the first Vice President to actually prompt me to open correspondence with the Vice President.

If nothing else, in future speeches I expect he will revise his number upward to at least one.

The Schaef on February 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Joe Biden has attained, and has created for himself serenity, and it is only his insanity that has kept him alive in his senility.

RasThavas on February 25, 2013 at 1:44 PM

These guysa just says stuff like its true.
I’m amazed people side with these people.
The proof is in my face every day. Trying to infringe my 2nd Amdmt rights with Executive orders, laws, etc.
Then turning around & saying nobody is trying to infringe our rights.
I mean this head spinning is making me dizzy.

Badger40 on February 25, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Democrats: Living in the Twilight Zone since 2007 1857.

ButterflyDragon on February 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Fixed.

The Dred Scott decision (Dred Scott vs. Sandford 1857) upheld the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, stating that slaves were not citizens and therefore had no rights under the Constitution. Which pleased Democrats no end, as that was the Party’s position.

A smart man would have quit there. Instead, since the Northern states would not allow slavery, the South (Democrats) went to war four years later to force the entire country to do things their way. And they lost.

In short, they don’t believe anyone has a right to disagree with them, don’t believe they are ever wrong about anything, and don’t have the sense to quit while they’re ahead.

clear ether

eon

eon on February 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

“No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America,” Biden thunders, “has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. Zero.”

But, but Joe, didn’t you tell black Americans “they gonna put y’all back in chains”? Would that not be an infringement of their constitutional rights, or was that just utter bullhockey meant to spread fear?

TedInATL on February 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

You forgot the “or else” at the end there, Joey.

How is it that morons like Joe Biden can be so arrogant as to think that by saying something it is thus made true? How could anyone vote for such a dolt?

Looking for a way to go Galt. This world is mad.

ROCnPhilly on February 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM