How do you change public opinion on guns or any issue for that matter if you are President Obama? First, politicize a tragedy such as the Newtown massacre. Second, use children to sway public opinion by having them present when signing unpopular executive orders. Finally, tell some seemingly harmless fibs to sway public opinion. Obama and Biden repeatedly stated that 40 percent of all gun purchases fail to go through a background check. The Washington Post released an article refuting these statistics: “In other words, rather than being 30 to 40 percent (the original estimate of the range) or “up to 40 percent” (Obama’s words), gun purchases without background checks amounted to 14 to 22 percent. And since the survey sample is so small, that means the results have a survey caveat: plus or minus six percentage points.”
The Washington Post also revealed some other interesting details about how the Obama Justice Department is failing to do its job in terms of gun control. “The penalty for selling a gun to a person who is a criminal, mentally ill, mentally incompetent, alcohol abuser or drug abuser is 10-year federal felony. That’s now, today, with no changes to the law. It is even a federal felony to submit false information on a background check form for the purpose of purchasing a firearm. Even so, according to a 2012 report to the Department of Justice, more than 72,000 people were turned down on a gun purchase in 2010 because they didn’t pass the background check. Yet, only 44 of those cases were prosecuted.” That is right; the government is only prosecuting less than 0.01% of all federal violations to background checks. This means these individuals are free to pursue other illegal ways to obtain a firearm if they are desperate. So what is the purpose of having universal background checks if the DOJ is not willing to follow up and file charges against those people who violate federal law? This is another federal government mystery.
To help sympathize with gun owners Obama claims to go skeet shooting “all the time” at Camp David. Interesting how this subject has just recently come up and how there is no proof Obama is telling the truth. We see pictures of Obama playing basketball, shooting pool, swimming, and just about anything he does. I find it odd we have never seen a picture of him with a gun especially if he does this all the time. Is this just another fib to win public opinion over an unpopular unilateral move on his part?
It never ceases to amaze me what this administration is capable of doing to win public opinion. They fabricate statistics to push through executive orders to hold the public accountable, but at the same time the federal government is exempt from any reforms even when they are failing to hold up their end when it comes to gun control. And then to play this game and insinuate Obama is a big gun user. This is really out of line (and not relevant to his actions), especially if the President is lying.