Biden Says ‘You’re Not On The Side Of Police’ If You Don’t Want To Ban ‘Weapons Of War’

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On Wednesday, Joe Biden said accused Republicans of being against the police for not voting to ban assault rifles, which he also called “weapons of war.”

The comments came during a televised address to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. He said, “Being a cop today is a hell of a lot harder than it’s ever been. We expect everything of you. We expect you to be drug counselors to people overdosing at a scene; therapists to couples during a violent confrontation; social workers to kids who have been abandoned. Maybe worst of all, we send you out to do your job on the streets flooded with weapons of war.”

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He went on to say, “You hear a lot of politicians say about how much they love you, how much they care about you, they’ll do anything for you. In the state you’re in today, Governor DeSantis, Sen. Rubio, Sen. Rick Scott all opposed banning assault weapons, and Senators Scott and Rubio voted against the bipartisan gun safety law that I signed, the first meaningful gun legislation in nearly thirty years, that you supported. To me, it’s simple. If you can’t support banning weapons of war on American streets, you’re not on the side of police.”

Biden also said, “When it comes to assault weapons, too many politicians are bowing down to the NRA. I believe that we should protect you, protect you. And I’ll keep saying it, when it comes to public safety, the answer isn’t to defund the police, the answer is to fund the police, fund the police.”