FACT CHECK: Obama Claims Congress is Blocking a Gun Violence Study. False...
One of President Obama's favorite lies to tell is that Congress is preventing the CDC from studying gun violence...
We are not allowed to use any of that when it comes to guns because when you propose anything it is suggested that we are trying to wipe away gun rights and promote tyranny and martial law. Do you know that Congress will not allow the Center of Disease Control to study gun violence? They are not allowed to study it because the notion is that by studying it, the same way we do with traffic accidents, somehow that is going to lead to everyone’s guns being confiscated. If you buy a car and want to get a license—first of all you have to get a license, people have to know you know how to drive—you don’t have to do any of that in respect to buying a gun.
An irony here, is that you actually do need a drivers license to purchase a firearm (or sometimes a comparable state-issued ID, but I've never been to a firearms dealer that didn't require a drivers license). But that's not the issue here. The issue is the oft regurgitated claim that Congress is refusing to allow the CDC to study gun violence. Okay? Okay. Is that true?
The Congress lifted the ban on the CDC studying gun violence. In 2013. When Obama was President.
“Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.”
“The number of public mass shootings of the type that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School accounted for a very small fraction of all firearm-related deaths. Since 1983 there have been 78 events in which 4 or more individuals were killed by a single perpetrator in 1 day in the United States, resulting in 547 victims and 476 injured persons.” The report also notes, “Unintentional firearm-related deaths have steadily declined during the past century. The number of unintentional deaths due to firearm-related incidents accounted for less than 1 percent of all unintentional fatalities in 2010.”
“There is empirical evidence that gun turn in programs are ineffective, as noted in the 2005 NRC study Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review. For example, in 2009, an estimated 310 million guns were available to civilians in the United States (Krouse, 2012), but gun buy-back programs typically recover less than 1,000 guns (NRC, 2005). On the local level, buy-backs may increase awareness of firearm violence. However, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for example, guns recovered in the buy-back were not the same guns as those most often used in homicides and suicides (Kuhn et al., 2002).”
Keep reading. I highly recommend it.
So Mr. President has harped on a verifiable lie. He (and his leftist cronies) shout from the rooftops that Congress is blocking the CDC from studying gun violence. We know that's a lie. Okay? Okay. So then, the question becomes... why? Why would Obama lie about that?
Answer: in order to vilify firearm-owners and political opposition by slandering them as pro-gun violence. The only way to do that is to lie about the information at hand. Why? Because according to the CDC's own research (the research that Obama claims doesn't exist), Obama's proposed solutions would not work.
OBAMA: Republicans need to stop blocking research on gun crime!
CDC: We've done research. Your proposals wouldn't work at all.
OBAMA: ... REPUBLICANS NEED TO STOP BLOCKING RESEARCH ON GUN CRIME!!
Are we supposed to believe that The President of the United States didn't get this memo? Either he is functionally retarded, or he is lying. I leave both possibilities open.
Finally, Isn't it odd how leftists claim to be open-minded? Would open-mindedness include the willingness to alter your opinion in the face of the irrefutable evidence that you asked for? Isn't that the definition of "open-mindedness"? Then again, this guy still publicly decries the use of "semi automatic assault rifles" which were never even used in these "mass shootings"...