Biden’s bungled talking point on the muzzle velocity of AR-15s

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“Do you realize the bullet out of an AR-15 travels five times as rapidly as a bullet shot out of any other gun, five times — is lighter — and can pierce Kevlar?”

— President Biden, remarks on Safer America plan in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., Aug. 30

“The most common rounds fired from an AR-15 move almost twice as fast as that from a handgun.”

— Biden, remarks on Safer Communities Act at the White House, July 11

Several readers asked about the president’s comment this week that a round from an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle travels five times faster than any other gun. When we asked about the evidence for this claim, a White House official pointed to his remarks in July — “almost twice as fast” — as a more specific statement.

Translation: the president bungled the statistic the second time around. As is often the case with Biden, a carefully-crafted sentence in his prepared text got hyped up in his retelling weeks later.

Still, we were curious at…

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This article was written by Glenn Kessler and originally published on