Obama again claims that the guns used in these attacks are machine guns

Jake Tapper: Last night, at a-no-cameras allowed Democratic fundraiser in San Francisco President Obama misstated the kind of weapon used in the Sandy Hook shooting advocating for stricter gun control the president said, quote, "It is possible for us to create common sense gun safety measures that respect the traditions of gun ownership in this country and hunters and sportsmen, but also make sure we don't have another 20 children in a classroom gunned down by a semiautomatic weapon -- by a fully automatic weapon in that case, sadly." 
That is not correct. It was a semiautomatic weapon not a fully automatic weapon. Most fully automatic weapons, machine guns, are essentially banned to the public. When asked for an explanation, the White House said the president misspoke. This is not the first time a leading advocate for gun control has stumbled on the facts.  Here is New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg on ABC's Nightline just after the Sandy Hook tragedy.   
Host: That would ban most pistols. That would ban most . . .
Bloomberg: No, pistols are different.  You have to pull the trigger each time.  An assault weapons you basically hold and it goes [sound indicating rapid fire].
Host: No, those are fully automatic weapons.
Bloomberg: OK. 
Tapper: . . . It might help the advocates of gun control if they in their advocacy for stricter measures they seemed more familiar with what they are trying to ban.
Unfortunately, there are many times when Democrats have claimed that these guns are military weapons, machine guns (e.g., see here).  Tapper also shows a similar misstatement by Bloomber.



Blogger RS said...

Sadly, most Democrats know as much factually correct information on guns as they do most anything else.

The are equally inept on economics, defense, business, you name, they know things that are WRONG.

But, as always, they THINK they know everything.

4/07/2013 6:06 PM  
Blogger Blaine Holzer said...

I know Omama is the futhest thing from a "gun guy" that it is possible to imagine. However, this error really looks to me to be intentional. I know he knows the difference between "semi-" and "fully-". I think he just likes to get away with things. The way a clever lawyer will say things they are not allowed to and know that the jury is going to remember it however many times the judge tells them to "disregard" it. He seems to me to be a textbook sociopath. He has no interest in telling the truth, only in the effect his words will have. He is REALLY good at giving campaign speeches - as long as he has his trusty teleprompter fired up and his team of speach writers busy - he's pretty damn hard to beat. Unfortunately, that seems to exhaust his talents. If your a hammer, I guess a lot of things look like nails. If your Obama then I guess you try to fix everything with a campaign speech. It's sort of surreal to see him pushing laws that have no chance of current enactment. Come to think of it, maybe that's the master plan. This "Universal Background Check" thing seems so innocuous. But, it's NOT. If put in place it will be a defacto registration instrument. Confiscation will not be far behind. Also, if the criteria can be changed (and it CAN)for gun ownership then, probably little by little, more groups will go from a "thumbs up" to a "thumbs down". the government will have us just where they want us - disarmed and totally dependent on THEM. [Henry Ford said something about the American Indians as being an example of people "taken care of" by good old Uncle Sam.]
Molon Labe

4/08/2013 2:34 PM  

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