President Obama vented about his failed attempt to increase background checks at a town hall event in South Carolina last Friday. His mockery of gun rights activists wasn’t surprising, but the fact that he stated that guns are easier to purchase than vegetables and books is insane.
As long as you can go in 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 is 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,
Last time I checked, I don’t have to fill out a stack of paper work and wait at the counter for 30 minutes while I have a background check performed every time I head to the local grocery store to buy fresh veggies. Last time I went to a library or book store, I was not asked for my photo ID, my car registration, along with other forms to provide as proof of residency. I was not told I couldn’t purchase a book because I haven’t lived in my state for more than 60 days. I did not have to provide my finger print or give my reason as to why I wanted to purchase that book. Saying that purchasing a gun is easier than things we purchase on a daily basis is just another statement made in hopes of scaring those who are less informed.
Last time I checked, I was not given a list of questions to answer regarding my criminal history and citizenship. No Obama, it is not easier to purchase a firearm than it is to purchase books and food.
There are two problems with this.
1) You may be thinking “yes, but he isn’t talking about the average citizen. He is talking about areas where criminals can buy guns from other criminals just like we can buy groceries at the grocery store”. Exactly. He isn’t talking about the ‘average citizen’ so why is he advocating to make MORE restrictions and more extensive requirements for the average Joe to purchase a gun. Criminals who buy or steal guns from other criminals are already avoiding background checks. So how will performing more extensive background checks decrease the number of guns in the hands of criminal people? It won’t. These laws and background checks are only effecting those who actually follow them.
2) Criminals having access to illegal firearms isn’t as easy as you think, and it is definitely not as easy to obtain as everyday grocery items. It is, yet again, another thing for Obama and other gun control advocates to say to you to put fear into the minds of American people. Not to mention, if less gun control laws were implemented on innocent people, criminals would have more of a reason to fear those around them. After all, if guns are allowed, how do they know who will fight back?
Obama then goes on to say that they have been trying to reduce the number of available guns and that Sandy Hook should have motivated people to get things done. Because that wasn’t enough of a motivator, our homicide rate continues to increase. Where exactly is he getting this information from and why are people automatically agreeing without fact-checking?
Here is a 5 year graph reflecting violent crime rates from 2009-2013, provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
We can also look at larger figures, dating all the way back from 1992. From 1992 to 2011, our homicide rate decreased from 9.3% to 4.7%.
Not only are homicide rates down, but crime rates in general.
The CDC also reports that death per firearms in 2013 was only 3.5%.
Read more about how 2013 crime rates are actually HURTING the gun control campaign.
So before you jump on the Obama bandwagon and come out with gun control anthems, do your research. Everything that Obama claims is true about guns and gun violence is not correct.