Fact Check

Did Biden Say the Second Amendment Is 'Obsolete'?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published Sept. 25, 2020

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Joe Biden declared that the Second Amendment is "obsolete."

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On Sep. 3, 2020, the America's Last Line of Defense website published an article positing that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had declared that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which preserves the right to keep and bear arms, was "obsolete":

During the Republican National convention, President Trump spent a lot of time covering the dangers and ill-advised policies of a Biden administration. An America under the supervision of the radical Democrat candidate seems, at least to his watchful eye, a disaster in the making with our very lives and freedoms in serious jeopardy.

Just recently, Biden confirmed one of those very fears during a campaign speech at the Joe Barron Jewish community center in Pohtaytoe, Virginia, referring to the sacred and God-blessed second amendment right of all Americans to own and use firearms at any time anywhere for any reason whatsoever as “obsolete.”

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows: "Everything on this website is fiction. If you believe that it is real, you should have your head examined."

For background, here is why we sometimes write about satire/humor.