8/28/2013

Bill Clinton: "But a great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon." Srsly?

Bill Clinton: "But a great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon (APPLAUSE)."  It is extremely difficult for me to believe that he doesn't clearly know that this is false.  Most states right now don't require voter IDs to vote.  Those that do have a requirement make free IDs available (e.g., GeorgiaIndianaPennsylvaniaTexas).  Yet if you buy a gun from any dealer in the US you have to have a photo ID and those IDs aren't provided for free.  Plus, one has to pay the Federally licensed firearms dealer for handling the transaction.  There is no similar fee for voting.

The problem is that Clinton was willing to make a false claim as a way of helping to make a racially divisive claim.

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