During a live discussion on Tuesday, President Obama praised an Australian style gun ban and hinted that he wants to see limits on how much ammo a person can have at home.
On Tuesday, President Obama slammed American gun owners and the NRA accusing them all of being responsible for the so-called increase in mass shootings – even though actual gun violence is at an all-time low. Obama said, “My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage. We’re the only developed country on earth where this happens. And it happens now once a week. And it’s a one-day story. There’s no place else like this.”
He went on the trash America, claiming we should be more like Australia where they’ve completely banned long guns. He then pushed the lie that gun owners don’t have to go through background checks in this country to buy a firearm, claiming that people can just “walk up to a store and buy a semiautomatic weapon” without having to go through a background check.
But that claim is actually a complete lie.
Since 1998 firearm dealers around the country have been required to use the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to verify that a person seeking to buy a firearm is not prohibited from doing so. There isn’t a federally licensed gun store in this country where you can buy a firearm without having gone through a background check. The President’s claim that you can just “walk up to the store” and buy a bunch of guns without having gone through a background check is a Complete Lie!
Is a ban on large ammo purchases coming?
After lying about gun owners not having to go through background checks, the President then upped the ante and claimed that the reason these mass shootings are happening is because gun owners are allowed to “stack up a bunch of ammunition in their houses.” Not surprisingly, he failed to mention the fact that he invites known drug dealers and murders into the White House on a regular basis – completely absolving himself from being part of the problem.
Earlier in the day, the White House told reporters that the President is looking for ways to “unilaterally,” – a fancy way of saying unconstitutionally acting without congress – act on gun control. After the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut President Obama signed 23 executive actions to restrict guns in this country and has taken similar actions after other recent mass shootings.
President Obama’s claims that gun violence in this country is “off the chart” simply isn’t true. Yes, there have been a number of high profile shootings lately, but they are in large part hyped by the media – in my opinion, spawning even more copycats who are in it for the fame and notoriety. In fact, based on the government’s own statistics, gun violence is actually down by 70% since 1990.
But thanks to media hype, and a never ending barrage of propaganda from this government, 56 percent of Americans when polled said they actually believe gun crimes are at an all-time high. Only 12 percent thought they were lower, even though every statistic available shows they are actually at an all-time low.
On the flip side of the coin, something the media likes to conveniently ignore, gun crimes are at record highs in certain areas of the country like Chicago. Ironically, Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country and makes it virtually impossible for law abiding citizens to even purchase a firearm, yet the city averages 7.3 people being shot every day.
So maybe we should take the President’s advice and do a little “soul searching.” Unfortunately for the people who like to blame guns for the country’s problems, the root cause of violence in this country has nothing to do with guns. What these people fail to grasp is the fact that banning guns does nothing to stop evil.