Today President Obama once again lied about guns. A lot. He said, "there is a meaningful way" to "help...

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Today President Obama once again lied about guns. A lot.

He said, "there is a meaningful way" to "help law enforcement protect Americans from homegrown extremists," and that is "to make it harder for people who want to kill Americans to get their hands on weapons of war that let them kill dozens of innocents."

He continued, "we know that, consistent with the Second Amendment, there are common-sense steps that could reduce gun violence and could reduce the lethality of somebody who intends to do other people harm."

Then he gave three specific proposals:
1. enforce the gun laws we already have
2. ban people on the no-fly list from buying guns
3. reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban

He then said that without doing these things, "these kinds of events are going to keep on happening, and the weapons are only going to get more powerful."

So where is he lying?

1. These are not weapons of war. That's simply incorrect. These are civilian weapons, period. Claiming it is a military weapon is a lie.
2. It is absolutely unconstitutional to ban someone from buying a gun without due process, and there is no due process for getting on the no-fly list. Claiming this is consistent with the Constitution is a lie.
3. The Assault Weapons Ban was a proven failure. It did not reduce violence at all, in any way. Claiming it would reduce gun violence is a lie.
4. Worse, he doesn't want to actually reinstate the AWB, he wants to replace it with something much broader, like Feinstein's proposal from a few years ago, which would ban the manufacture and sale of many guns, including some hunting rifles. Claiming he wants to reinstate the AWB is a lie.
5. Taking the above together, claiming that we can "reduce gun violence" and prevent "these kinds of events," using the offered means, is a lie.
6. Claiming our civilian weapons are going to "get more powerful" is a lie. There's no indication of this. The AR-15 is more than 50 years old. There's nothing new here, and no evidence of any significantly more powerful civilian weapons coming, and if they did, there's no reason to think that they would be legal. This is just FUD, and it's dishonest.

Additionally, while I am all for enforcing gun laws, that is mostly up to Obama himself, and he didn't give any details, so that can't really be taken seriously, based on the speech. Further, he could show he is really serious by prosecuting the producers of the anti-gun documentary "Under the Gun," who engaged in illegal gun purchases for the purposes of making their film. G+

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