During the July 14 town hall simulcast on ESPN, President Obama doubled down on his gun control push by claiming that “it is easier to get a gun than it is access to a computer or a book.”
Obama said these things while interacting with a community organizer from Black Lives Matter (BLM).
The BLM community organizer asked Obama what safety for “poor black and brown communities” rests upon, beyond matters involving policing.
Obama responded by saying that “we expect police to solve a whole range of societal problems that we ourselves have neglected.” He then listed “communities without jobs,” “mental health [care],” and “jobs and training.” He pointed to the “drug trade” and “substandard schools” in others. Then he talked about the South Side of Chicago, where “14 and 15-year-old kids have firearms.”
He added, “It’s easier to get a gun that it is access to a computer or a book.”
To make this statement Obama had to ignore the stringent gun controls in Chicago, controls that include an “assault weapons” ban, a violence tax, state-imposed waiting periods on handgun and long gun purchases, and strict limitations on the number of gun stores allowed in the city, as well as regulations on where those stores can be located.
Obama made an almost identical gun control push during the Dallas Police Memorial on Tuesday. Speaking there, he said, “It is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock that [to] get his hands on a computer or even a book.”
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.