Mr. Obama's gun myths

  • 4 June 2019
  • NormanL

Once upon a time, American presidents tried to stay out of the public spotlight once they left office. Such is not the case with former president Barack Obama, who can't shake the urge to talk as often as possible...and sometimes say things that just aren't true.

Mr. Obama recently appeared at an event in Brazil, where he took our nation's gun laws to task:

Speaking about the Sandy Hook school shooting that saw 20 children and six adults massacred, he described it as the 'hardest day of his life'.

'The worst thing for me was that I could not bring their children back or promise that we would change the laws,' he told the 10,000-strong crowd.

'Gun laws in the United States don't make much sense. Anybody can buy any weapon, anytime without, you know, without much if any regulation. They can buy over the Internet. They can buy machine guns.'

While we share his grief at the Sandy Hook shooting - and all such incidents -- we cannot allow the former president's description of the nation's gun laws go unchallenged.

Or rather, we'll let National Review's Charles C.W. Cooke take Mr. Obama to task:

It is possible for individuals to buy “machine guns” in some states, but, because the legal inventory contains only weapons that were made before 1986, they cost upwards of $10,000. Moreover, buying or transferring a machine gun in the United States requires an enormous amount of federal paperwork, an in-depth federal background check, and the adding of the transferee’s name to a national registry. At present, this process takes around 16 months to complete.

“Without much if any regulation”? Give me a break.

Obama’s claim that one can buy a gun “over the Internet” is also extremely misleading. One can, indeed, buy a gun “over the Internet,” but that gun is not shipped to one’s home in the way an Amazon package would be, but to a federally licensed firearms dealer who requires the end-buyer to fill in all the usual paperwork, to submit to a federal background check, and to complete the transaction in-person in exactly the same way as he would have had he walked in off the street. This has been the case since Obama was seven years old.

The former president tried, repeatedly, to pass stricter gun regulations, but could not do so. He won't be able to change that record if he insists on saying things that just aren't true.