Former President Barack Obama gets debunked by Fact Check on his recent comments about American gun laws.
During a technology conference in Brazil on May 30, Obama made an inaccurate statement about American gun laws, stating that “anybody can buy any weapon … without much, if any, regulation,” including “machine guns.”
Machine guns have been highly regulated since the National Firearms Act was passed in 1934. Since 1986, civilians could only acquire machine guns that were “lawfully registered and possessed before May 19, 1986,” according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Fact Check points out that due to these regulations “it is nearly impossible to legally buy a machine gun”, which are heavily regulated and thus not easily accessible to the general populace.
When Fact Check asked Eric Schultz, a spokesman for the former president, what Obama was referring to when he said that “anybody … can buy machine guns”, he clarified that Obama used the term “machine gun” to refer to “semi-automatic weapons that are currently legal to purchase in the United States, such as AR-15 rifles.” So, it’s clear that Obama was using misleading talking points during this speech.
This has been a long-time tactic of gun control advocates who try to confuse people into believing that automatic weapons are widely circulating in American streets. In turn, this stokes fear and makes them more receptive to the idea of more gun control.
In today’s politics, facts often go out the window.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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