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Did Joe Biden Teach The 2nd Amendment For 12 Years?!

Did Joe Biden teach the 2nd Amendment for 12 years, as he claimed in his State of the Union address?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Joe Biden Did Not Teach 2nd Amendment For 12 Years!

After US President Joe Biden stated that he taught the 2nd Amendment for 12 years, some people immediately claimed that he never taught a single subject or class!

Tony Kinnett : President Biden claimed that he “taught the 2nd amendment for 12 years.”

Biden has never taught a single subject or class, though he has been caught lying about teaching courses at UPenn twice.

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Truth : Joe Biden Taught Constitutional Law For 17 Years!

Let’s take a closer look at Joe Biden’s claim and find out what the facts really are!

Fact #1 : Joe Biden Did Not Teach At UPenn

Let me start by pointing out that Joe Biden was the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania for four years – from 2017 to 2021. He was also appointed as a Senior Fellow at the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy at the same time (source).

As Presidential Practice Professor, Biden held joint appointments in the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Arts and Sciences, with a secondary affiliation in the Wharton School.

However, none of them were teaching positions. The position of Benjamin Franklin Presidential Professor of Practice was only honorary, and did not involve any teaching, although Joe Biden shared his insights and wisdom with thousands of Penn students through seminars, talks, and classroom visits:

As our Benjamin Franklin Presidential Professor of Practice, the Vice President helped to expand Penn’s global outreach, while sharing his wisdom and insights with thousands of Penn students through seminars, talks and classroom visits.

– Ron Ozio, director of media relations at the University of Pennsylvania

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Fact #2 : Joe Biden Taught Constitutional Law For 17 Years

That said, Joe Biden taught constitutional law as an adjunct law professor at the Widener University Delaware Law School for about 17 years.

He taught constitutional law for one semester per year by himself for 12 years, and another 5 years with a co-teacher. This was confirmed by Widener University Delaware Law School dean, Rodney Smolla (source):

Senator Biden began teaching at the Delaware Law School in the fall of 1991. He taught a course in constitutional law on Saturdays, one semester each year. He taught the course by himself until 2003, when he was was joined by a co-teacher, Professor Robert Hayman of the Delaware Law faculty.

– Rodney Smolla, University of Pennsylvania Delaware Law School dean and professor of law

According to Smolla, Joe Biden last taught at the Delaware Law School in the fall of 2008. In short, Joe Biden taught constitutional law for 17 years, 12 of which were on his own.

Even if you only wish to count solo teaching, Joe Biden is correct in claiming that he caught the 2nd Amendment (which would be part of constitutional law) for 12 years. But technically, he taught constitutional law (which would include the 2nd Amendment) for 17 years.

There is even photographic evidence. Below is a photo (source) of then-Senator Joe Biden leading a discussion with students at the Delaware Law School campus, as an adjunct professor.

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President Biden, then a United States senator and adjunct professor, leads a discussion with students on the Delaware Law School campus.

Fact #3 : This Is Just Joe Biden Fake News

This is ultimately just another example of fake news created about Joe Biden, like these other examples:

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