2/21/2013

Newest piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Misleading claims about what new proposals will do"

My newest piece starts this way:
President Obama's continued call on Friday for "commonsense proposals to make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun" is something that everyone agrees with. Unfortunately, the president is misleadingly claiming what his proposals would do, and they are more likely to do more harm than good. 
Consider "background checks." According to Obama and gun-control advocates, "40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check." That is just false. Only if you were to classify family inheritances and gifts as "purchases" would you get a number anywhere near that high. . . .
A version of this piece has appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, Omaha World HeraldYoungstown Vindicatorthe Gulf Today, and the Columbus Post-Dispatch.

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