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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

FACTCHECK: “I Don’t Believe People Should Be Able To Own Guns” -Barack Obama

“I Don’t Believe People Should Be Able To Own Guns”
Barack Obama

To all of you who see this on social media, or feel like spreading around a nice little graphic with this quote on it... you should study the source first.  By most standards- in particular those of any responsible consumer of information in today's climate this is nothing more that hearsay.

Here is one article selected at random from many:


From the article....

That professor was John Lott, already known then as a leading gun-rights advocate and now author of several books, including “More Guns, Less Crime” and “Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don’t.”
“I knew Obama at the University of Chicago,” Lott told Ingraham. “We both taught there at the same time for about four years, and I talked to him about guns. I know what his views are on that.
“The first time I ever met him, I went, introduced myself, he said, ‘Oh, you’re the gun guy,’” Lott recalled. “He said to me, ‘I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.’”
Ingraham stopped the interview to clarify that Obama wasn’t talking about criminals owning guns but everyday citizens.
“No, it was very clear,” Lott said. “He said, ‘I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”
FACTCHECK: It is true someone said Obama said this.  It is also true that that someone is an outspoken "more guns" person (actually the author of More Guns, Less Crime and The Bias Against Guns)    see: Wikipedia: John Lott  There is no proof that he did indeed say this that I can find at this time.

I will be happy to make an amendment/and or correction to this post if the appropriate material surfaces.

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