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From The Editor | President Pinocchio

From The Editor | President Pinocchio

While President Barack Obama has proven to be the most anti-gun president in history, he has been good for a few things—mainly increased gun sales and some good belly-laughs.

Recently Obama made some of his more laughable comments of the last six years when addressing students at Benedict College in South Carolina—comments that earned him three “Pinocchios” from the fact-checkers at The Washington Post.

Consider these whoppers:

“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.”

In fact, U.S. homicide rates are five times lower than Brazil’s, and four times lower than Mexico’s. One might even say the murder rates in those countries exceed that in the United States by “like a mile.”

“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.”

The president didn’t say exactly where those neighborhoods are, but it’s likely that none of them require a background check to buy books or vegetables. The statement was simply false bluster to bolster the longtime anti-gun lie about how easy it is to purchase firearms in this country.

“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.”

Yes, Mr. President, we do think you are exaggerating. I’d be interested in seeing these proposals that specifically call for firearms in kindergarten classes and machine guns in bars. Those aren’t ideas we’ve heard of before.

Interestingly, the Post, despite its typical anti-gun tendencies, drew the same conclusion we did concerning Obama’s remarks: “The president was playing fast and loose with his language here—to a group of college students, no less. … The gun debate is serious enough that it should not be poisoned by exaggerated claims and faux statistics.”