President Obama does not shoot straight when it comes to talking about guns. He lies. Probably not news to you, and it sure isn’t news to me, but for many out there it may be somewhat of a revelation.
The latest example of his attempt to bend the truth was highlighted by The Washington Post, which fact-checked an excerpt from a speech Obama gave at Benedict College earlier this month.
The result of WP’s review was Obama received “three pinocchios,” meaning there were “significant factual error[s] and/or obvious contradictions.”
Here’s the excerpt from the speech:
“What we also have to recognize is, is that our homicide rates are so much higher than other industrialized countries. I mean by like a mile. And most of that is attributable to the easy, ready availability of firearms, particularly handguns.”
“And as long as you can go into some neighborhoods and it is easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book, there are neighborhoods where it’s easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable — as long as that’s the case, we’re going to continue to see unnecessary violence.”
“People just say well, we should have firearms in kindergarten and we should have machine guns in bars. You think I’m exaggerating — I mean, you look at some of these laws that come up.”
–President Obama, remarks at a town hall at Benedict College, Columbia. S.C., March 6, 2015
Essentially, every point Obama made was either greatly exaggerated or downright factually incorrect. It’s funny, because he actually said “You think I’m exaggerating,” and the correct response would have been, “Hell yes, you are! You’re not only exaggerating, you’re telling us bald-face lies!”
After closely examining Obama’s comments, the WP came to the following conclusion:
The president was playing fast and loose with his language here—to a group of college students no less. There’s little excuse for the claim that in some neighborhoods, it is easier to buy a gun than vegetable (see update above) — or to say he’s “not exaggerating” when he claims that some people have proposed laws that would allow machine guns in bars.
As for the U.S. ranking on homicides among industrialized nations, the president certainly would have had a stronger case if he said the United States was above average, or that it was in the top ranks. But instead he claimed the United States had rates that were higher “by like a mile.”
The gun debate is serious enough that it should not be poisoned by exaggerated claims and faux statistics. The president earns Three Pinocchios.
Again, this isn’t the first time Obama has spouted lies with respect to the gun debate. During a 2013 Democratic campaign event in San Francisco Obama said that Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza used a “fully automatic weapon” to murder the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Not true. Not by a long shot. Lanza allegedly used a AR-15 to perpetrate the atrocity.
Obama is also guilty of propagating the meme that 40 percent of gun sales are processed without a background check, another lie that the Washington Post has exposed.
Perhaps the president’s biggest lie on firearms, however, is his continued insistence that he supports the Second Amendment. On multiple occasions he has tried to convince the American people that he respects the Second Amendment, which is frankly absurd given his anti-gun agenda.
“We’re a nation that believes in the Second Amendment, and I believe in the Second Amendment,” the president said while on the campaign trail in 2012.
Former White House press secretary Jay Carney also tried to make it sound as if the president was a pro-gun advocate. Of course, this was during Obama’s push to ban many commonly owned and widely popular black rifles in the wake of Sandy Hook.
“Well, he’s had conversations with various lawmakers on this issue,” Carney said, “including those who have a strong record of support for Second Amendment rights, and I would note that the president has a strong record of support for Second Amendment rights.”
That’s insane! It’s the definition of Orwellian doublespeak. By “support,” Carney really means “attempting to infringe upon” the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.
At the end of the day it’s nice to see other media outlets, aside from gun blogs, point out Obama’s bullshit. We can only hope that some of the shills and the sheeple are paying attention.