Joe Biden has always been known as a gaffe machine. The man just has an irrepressible urge to shoot his mouth off.

During a press conference about his administration’s gun control and crime prevention policies that took place on Wednesday, June 23, Biden said something that may have topped all of his verbal faux pas from the past.

Did Biden Threaten People With Nukes?

When they point out that the ultimate purpose of gun rights and of the Second Amendment is to give the American citizenry the means to protect itself from the government should the government ever become intolerably tyrannical, proponents of gun rights have often encountered a reply that runs something like this: “But the government has tanks, nuclear weapons and other heavy-duty military hardware. Ordinary citizens with handguns and AR-15s would be helpless against that.”

Considered deeply, this point is really an argument in favor of allowing ordinary people to own heavier weapons as well. After all, the Second Amendment clearly states that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” That means that the government has no right to prohibit citizens from owning any kind of weapons.

But of course, the government has made such prohibitions. It’s hard to resist thinking that these prohibitions exist because without them the government fears it may be overthrown.

But before even running into the above arguments, one will usually hear gun control proponents say that the idea of the government becoming tyrannical and killing its own citizens is too ridiculous to take seriously.

However, Joe Biden, at least by implication, would seem to disagree. Here’s part of what he said during Wednesday’s press conference: “Those who say the blood of lib- — ‘the blood of patriots,’ you know, and all the stuff about how we’re going to have to move against the government. Well, the tree of liberty is not watered with the blood of patriots. What’s happened is that there have never been — if you wanted or if you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons.”

Rambling and incoherent though this is, it’s difficult not to wonder whether there is a veiled threat in that statement.

Is Biden threatening gun owners with nukes and F-15s? At the very least, he seems to be saying something like, “If we wanted to oppress and kill you, we could do it, and you wouldn’t be able to stop us.”

It’s totally clear how Biden really feels about gun owners. This latest statement is just one more instance of the mask slipping.