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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…
This article was written by Glenn Kessler and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com