Straw men, loopholes and accusations.
Obama’s “Guns in America” town hall event on CNN last night was a quiet event with plenty of respectful questions from the invitation only audience but failed to present any new ideas for dealing with gun violence short of making it harder for people to buy guns.
Within the first 15 minutes, Obama complained that every time he tries to do something on guns, his message is distorted by his critics.
ABC News reported:
Obama Slams Charge That He’s Taking Away Guns as ‘Conspiracy’
The president quickly emphasized that he has “respect” for people who want a gun for hunting and sportsmanship, but it “makes sense to keep guns out of hands of people who would do others harm.”
Obama and moderator Anderson Cooper pointed out that the National Rifle Association was invited to participate in the forum, but declined to attend. Still, the president said he was “happy” to meet with the NRA to discuss his proposals.
“But the conversation has to be based on facts and truth and what we’re actually proposing, not some imaginary fiction in which Obama’s trying to take away your guns,” Obama stressed.
President Obama is in no position to make this complaint.
Aside from the lies Obama has told the American people (think “if you like your healthcare plan…”) he has repeatedly cited the Australian model for gun control as reasonable, a plan which was enforced through outright gun confiscation.
Furthermore, left wing news outlets like the New York Times and the New Republic which have functioned as an arm of the Obama campaign for the last seven years have openly called for the outright banning of guns in recent months.
Nevertheless, Obama portrayed himself as a reasonable man who just wants to make small changes.
Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon:
Obama Says His Policies Will Make Guns a Little Bit Harder to Get
“If we are able to set up a strong background check system, and my proposal by the way includes having the FBI hire a couple hundred more people to help process background checks because their big numbers you’re talking about 20 million checks that are getting done every year. Hiring 200 more ATF agents to be able to go after unscrupulous gun dealers. Then that will apply across the country and so, you know, some states may have laws that allow for conceal and carry. Some states may not. There’s still going to be differences, but what will at least be consistent across the country is that it’s a little bit harder to get a gun.
“Now, we can’t guarantee that criminals are not going to have ways of getting guns, but for example, it may be a little more difficult and a little more expensive, and the laws of supply and demand mean that if something is harder to get and a little more expensive to get, fewer people get them. And that in and of itself can make a difference.”
Here’s the video of that exchange:
During the course of the event, Obama also managed to blame both the NRA and Republicans in congress for standing in the way of the changes he has tried to make.
Of course, no Obama event on guns would be complete without at least one total fabrication:
Obama just said there are neighborhoods in America where it is easier to buy a gun than a book. That is a preposterous lie.
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) January 8, 2016
Guns are cheaper & more available than books?Takes a dedicated level of stupid to believe the BS that comes out of his mouth #GunsInAmerica
— Mike K (@MJKrause) January 8, 2016
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