President Joe Biden once again ridiculed gun owners during the weekend, implying that if they genuinely intend to challenge the government, they would require F-16 fighter jets.
While speaking to reporters, Biden recited Thomas Jefferson’s famous quote, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Biden said, “And I love people who say, the ‘blood of liberty,’ or excuse me, ‘the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots.’ Well, guess what, man, I didn’t see a whole lot of patriots that are out there walking around making sure that we have these weapons…And if you really want to worry about the government, you need an F-16.”
This wasn’t the first time Biden has sent this message to gun owners, having also done so back in 2020.
Back in 2021, Biden was also pushing for a ban on AR-15s when he said, ““We have to change. There’s a lot of things we can change, because the American people by and large agree you don’t need a weapon of war. I’m a Second Amendment guy. I taught it for four years, six years in law school. And guess what? It doesn’t say that you can own any weapon you want.”
He continued, “You know, I love these guys who say the Second Amendment is … you know, the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots,” Biden said. “Well, if [you] want to do that, you want to work against the government, you need an F-16. You need something else than just an AR-15.”