Obama Lies About Newtown Weapon

With his gun control proposals facing a bleak future in the Congress, President Barack Obama told an audience in San Francisco that the shooter who committed the terrible acts at the school in Newtown, Connecticut used a “fully automatic weapon”:

Here’s the transcript via the White House (emphasis mine):

Now, over the next couple of months, we’ve got a couple of issues: gun control,” Obama told the crowd. “I just came from Denver, where the issue of gun violence is something that has haunted families for way too long, and it is possible for us to create common-sense gun safety measures that respect the traditions of gun ownership in this country and hunters and sportsmen, but also make sure that we don’t have another 20 children in a classroom gunned down by a semiautomatic weapon — by a fully automatic weapon in that case, sadly.

That is blatantly false.

President Obama has been trying push Congress to renew this Assault Weapons Ban (AWB), but that particular measure has very slim chances of passing, even as an amendment. If passed the AWB would target semi-automatic firearms that merely look scary or imposing. It’s been well-established that the shooter in Newtown used a semi-automatic weapon. Fully-automatic weapons are already illegal.

This is a point Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) made earlier this year. During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun control measures, Cruz noted that gun control advocates are willfully misleading the public by making it sound like the firearms being target are machine guns.

This is the second time this week that President Obama has lied to Americans to try to gin up support for his gun control proposals. Earlier this week, he claimed that 40% of gun sales happen without a background check. The Washington Post noted that the number is closer to 20%.

H/T: The Weekly Standard

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