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.
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