President Obama feigned passionate tears at one point in his “gun grab” press conference speech.
But, despite all the emotion, theatrical staging, and a salivating “lap-dog” media, Obama’s speech was short on real facts in the end.
To be sure, much of What the President had to say was not even accurate.
Now, he’s been called out on the 4 biggest lies he told to the American people when it comes to guns, the 2nd Amendment, and violent crime.
The Daily Signal sets the record straight:
Flanked by families who lost loved ones to mass shootings, President Barack Obama fought back tears as he announced a unilateral push to curb crimes committed with guns and called for a renewed national “sense of urgency” on the issue.
At his press conference Tuesday, Obama outlined immediate executive actions to expand existing background checks, close loopholes, and increase mental health funding to prevent “gun violence”—all without going to Congress for legislation.
But at the same time, Obama admitted more significant gun control “won’t happen in my presidency.” He underscored what he called the need for future congressional action and said Republican lawmakers were being “held hostage by the gun lobby.”
The Daily Signal reviewed four of the president’s key points against available data:
1. Claim: “We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency. It doesn’t happen in other advanced countries. It’s not even close.”
Obama adjusted an often-made, often-questioned argument that America is the only modern nation to suffer from epidemic gun violence. His current talking point is a combination of two discredited claims.
Speaking of the San Bernardino massacre, just weeks after the Nov. 13 terror attacks that left 130 dead in Paris, Obama still said “mass shootings just [don’t] happen in other countries.” That claim earned him four Pinocchios as a “whopper” of a falsehood from The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” column.
Backpedaling, the White House later said the president meant to address the frequency of shootings in the U.S. compared to other nations. Again, “Fact Checker” columnist Glenn Kessler criticized this as a likely “apples-to-oranges comparison” and gave the president two Pinocchios for “significant omissions and/or exaggerations.”
This claim is just downright silly. Anyone can Google recent world-wide terror and mass shooting attacks and see that many other countries have had more than America.
But, this fact doesn’t fit the plan to remove as many guns as possible from Americans; therefore, it must be ignored.
The Daily Signal goes on:
2. Claim: “The problem is, some gun sellers have been operating under a different set of rules. A violent felon can buy the exact same weapon over the Internet with no background check, no questions asked.”
That’s not exactly factual, according to an August 2013 report by The Washington Post. Purchasing a gun online from a federal firearms license holder or a vendor across state lines does require a…