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Barack Obama Lies About U.S. Gun Laws in a Speech in Brazil

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Former US President Barack Obama bashed American gun laws at a conference in Brazil.

During a speech at the VTEX Day digital conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil the former president expressed sorrow about the Sandy Hook massacre.

Obama stated, “The most difficult day that I’ve had, was the day where there was a shooting at a school. Uh, where, 20 small children were shot, as well as some teachers.”

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Afterwards, he said that “I had to go and comfort the parents.”

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The 44th president went on to say that anyone can buy any type of gun with virtually no regulation, and then asserted that machine guns can be bought over the internet.

Some of you may be aware our gun laws in the United States don’t make much sense,” Obama declared. “Anybody can buy any weapon any time — without much if any regulation, they can buy it over the Internet, they can buy machine guns.

Obama lamented how he was unable to pass gun control while in office.

“For me, having to speak to parents who have lost a child, just two days, or a day, after it happened, uh, and not being able to assure them that, um, that would change, that we would fix this,” he said. “I couldn’t bring the children back, but I couldn’t even, uh, promise them that we would change the laws so that this wouldn’t happen to somebody else’s children.”

Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the Western hemisphere and has very stringent gun control laws.

Although America has much laxer gun laws than Brazil, acquiring guns in America is no cakewalk. One must go through a background check, and depending on the state an individual lives in, you could potentially have to acquire a license and be fingerprinted to exercise an activity that is supposedly a right.

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Did Bernie Sanders Just Endorse a Neocon Regime Change Foreign Policy?

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Is Bernie Sanders the anti-war candidate that many non-interventionists are making him out to be?

Journalists Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey presented some interesting observations about Sanders’ foreign policy views.

Sanders criticized the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in January and also stressed his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

During the Iowa presidential debate, Sanders loudly boasted, “I not only voted against that war, I helped lead the effort against that war.”

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However, Sanders changed his tune when chatting with the New York Times.

The answers the Sanders campaign gave the Times showed its flexibility when it comes to foreign policy.

In other words, the Sanders campaign signaled to the military and intelligence apparatus that Sanders won’t present a threat to their interests and may actually carry out their interventionist agenda.

One question in the survey that the Times sent the Sanders campaign stuck out above the rest.

The third survey question asked, “Would you consider military force to pre-empt an Iranian or North Korean nuclear or missile test?”

The Sanders campaign responded, “Yes.”

Based on this response, Sanders’ is signaling that he’s willing to continue Bush-era policies of “preemptive war.”

Like Obama, Sanders’ opposition to the Iraq War was a matter of politics rather than a principled opposition to regime change wars.

His campaign was also asked, “Would you consider military force for a humanitarian intervention?”

Sanders responded, “Yes.”

Some of the wars that the U.S. carried out in the name of “human rights” have been the Bosnian war and the bombing of Serbia in the 1990s along with the aerial campaign against Libya in 2011 and the Civil War launched in Syria.

All in all, Sanders’ pro-peace/non-interventionist image is at best window dressing.

Under a Sanders presidency, the interventionist status quo will likely stay in place.

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