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Pro-gun worker who Biden said was ‘full of ****’ speaks out on Fox News
The worker who got into a heated gun control debate with Joe Biden at a Detroit auto plant told Fox News on Wednesday that the former vice president “went off the deep end.”
Jerry Wayne told the hosts of “Fox & Friends” that he had been thinking about what he would ask Biden if he had the opportunity since learning Tuesday morning that the 2020 presidential candidate would be visiting the Fiat Chrysler facility.
When Wayne got his chance, he said he asked Biden how he planned to help union workers.
“I also asked him how he wanted to get the vote of the working man when a lot of us wield arms. We bear arms and we like to do that,” Wayne said, “If he wants to give us work and take our guns, I don’t see how he’s going to get the same vote.”
Video of their exchange shows Wayne accusing Biden of “actively trying to end our Second Amendment right” and “take away our guns.”
“You’re full of —-,” Biden responded. “I support the Second Amendment.”
Wayne and Biden continued their gun control debate. Biden went on to mistakenly refer to “AR-14s” when he meant AR-15s, and he told Wayne not to be “such a horse’s —.”
“He could have easily said, ‘I’m not taking questions,’ and I would have very respectfully walked away. But he wanted to listen to my question and I don’t think that he was ready for it,” Wayne said.
Wayne was not bothered by Biden’s use of profanity, which he said was common where he worked and which “most people use all the time.”
“I don’t think that’s something to beat the guy up about,” Wayne said.
“I thought I was pretty articulate and respectful. I didn’t try to raise any feathers. And he kind of just went off the deep end,” Wayne said.
In their exchange, Biden said AR-15s – a U.S.-made style of semi-automatic rifle that has become synonymous with assault weapons – should be illegal. Wayne says handguns are responsible for more deaths, so he is skeptical of bans on assault rifles in the name of safety.
Among other gun control measures, Biden’s campaign platform calls for a ban on the sale and manufacture of assault weapons (though that term is not defined). While possession of such firearms would not be made illegal, owners would have to either sell them in a voluntary government buyback program or register them with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. But nothing in Biden’s platform calls for the seizure of any previously owned firearms.
Nonetheless, Wayne seemed convinced Biden wishes to confiscate guns. The “Fox & Friends” hosts played a clip of Biden accepting the endorsement of former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and vowing to have O’Rourke – who has called for a mandatory buyback program on assault rifles – lead his gun control effort.
“It was a little bit disturbing to see that a politician wants to take away my right to defend myself,” Wayne said.
“He doesn’t need to touch anybody’s weapon at all,” Wayne said. “What we need to do is we need to concentrate on teaching people how to respect firearms and how to use them, not take them away.”
The fierce gun rights advocate said his life has been a “whirlwind” since the encounter but he considered it an “absolute privilege and an honor to be the voice of Americans” on firearms.
“This is a right that we need to protect with our heart and soul,” he said.
Wayne said he did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016, but declined to say who planned to vote for in 2020.