Washington Post’s Fact Checker Rips Obama for Gun Remark

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The memorial service in remembrance of the tragic deaths of five Dallas police officers was remarkable, but for all the wrong reasons. The service took a turn from memorializing to politicizing when President Obama decided to take advantage of this national platform and turn his memorial speech into yet another push for his political agenda. He implied the deaths of the police officers occurred because “we flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than to get his hands on a computer, or even a book.”

The remark immediately earned Three Pinocchios from the Washington Post fact checker, which called it an “exaggerated claim based in no real statistics, which does nothing but distract the public.” And distraction is exactly the effect Obama’s statement had on the public, which simply took away from the real reason everyone gathered: to commemorate the lives of true heroes whose lives were taken too soon.

Larry Keane, Senior Vice President, Assistant Secretary & General Counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation said, “It is a shame that our nation’s leader would rather take advantage of his television air time to push his political agenda than pay respect to the fallen officers and share grieving with their families and the law enforcement community. But Obama is not a novice when it comes to employing this tactic of exploiting a tragedy for political purposes. And, I suppose it was to be expected since he told America after the Umpqua Community College tragedy last year that he intended to politicize these events.”

Keane added, “Our highly regulated industry is not ‘flooding’ communities with guns. Criminals, not guns are what‘s flooding communities like the President’s hometown of Chicago. In times like these where the President chooses to beat the drum on restricting Americans’ Second Amendment rights, it’s important to remember the facts. Violent crime continues its downward trend, even as the firearms market sees more and more growth over the past two decades. Placing blame on firearms for the criminal acts of terrorists and madmen cannot be justified by data.”

Keane said, “It’s a shame that these victims could not be simply commemorated and their families, along with the Dallas community, could not mourn their losses without the President stooping to inject his self-serving political bias.  Will he repeat this tactic at the funerals of the slain Baton Rouge police officers and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy?  It will be equally off-point if he does, when even East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said  “This is not so much about gun control as it is about what’s in men’s heart.”

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3 thoughts on “Washington Post’s Fact Checker Rips Obama for Gun Remark”

  1. He deserves three Pinocchios every time he opens his mouth. He outdid himself with this lie, and deserves thirty-three.

  2. He’s correct essentially about the easy availability of guns in neighborhoods with high crime. It’s easier to get a gun then a computer or book and probably safer. Most gangster’s and corner thugs see a kid with a computer or book they harass him or question his manhood. As though being an uneducated thug is a point of pride. I’ve met many former residents of the inner city public school system who felt less safe with a computer or book in their possession than having a gun. Most were glad to get out and never wanted to return. I’ve seen police evidence boxes with everything from a sawed double barrel made before most of us were born all the way up to a piece of junk 32 auto (that most of us wouldn’t shoot in case it blew up in our faces) and everything in between. Does he think gangbangers stand around on street corners discussing the latest issue of Guns and Ammo and which new, neat Springfield or Glock they’re getting down at the gunshop. Whether it’s a Glock 9mm or a Lorcin 32, it’s the hand behind the gun that’s the problem. He doesn’t want to blame the people in the “Hood”. Because to blame them means the last 42 years of Democrat experiments in free food, housing, welfare, medical care, and hiring preference, while stuck in the inner cities and even rural ghettos (yes there are rural ghettos, go check out the other side of the tracks in your little town and you’ll find it). All this while being marginalized and treated like dirt by the power’s that be. Obama the Activist knows it doesn’t work and he thought by going to DC he could somehow fix it. It not only still doesn’t work, the system is even more broke now and it’s recipients are revolting against it’s failure to change their lives for the better. It’s easier to blame the gun than blame the failure on people. Instead of making people stand up on their own two feet and rewarding them for doing good, we reward them for not causing riots. But, hey let’s keep doing what doesn’t work as long they keep voting them in every election. We tried Prohibition in the 1920’s and we saw how successful that was for the nation. So let’s do it again, except with guns.

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