Town Hall Rhetoric
Tonight’s “Town Hall Meeting” was just another in the long line of left-wing gimmicky efforts in which CNN allowed Obama an opportunity to avoid legitimate concerns, and instead take an opportunity to spew more falsehoods and more rhetoric.
I have but a few short observations that I want to convey to everyone. First up was Taya Kyle, widow of Navy Seal, Chris Kyle. She respectfully discussed the differences between law abiding citizens and lawbreakers. Her point was clear. Those who break the law have no intention of following any laws, new or old. She also made an effort to draw a correlation between declining murder rates and increase in law abiding gun carriers.
Obama took the football she handed off to him and ran around the bases thinking he was going to hit a home run. He continued to try to sell his position on more gun laws, but could not explain how it would stop criminals from breaking these new laws. You can see the exchange below where he dances around the issue.
Obama starts stammering about three minutes into this video when he tries to turn the tables on Taya Kyle. He falsely claims that cities with the strictest gun laws are seeing decreases in violent crime rates while cities with higher legal gun ownership aren’t seeing the same declines.
Chicago, along with New York City and Los Angeles have some of the strictest gun laws in the US. Most cities follow state law when it comes to gun control, however some cities, such as those listed above, impose additional restrictions.
The table below details the rate of increase in murder through August 2015 for some major US cities. Of the cities listed, all but New Orleans and Dallas are in states whose gun laws fall among the strictest top 50%. According to the blog Hey Jackass!, which tracks crime and murder in Chicago, Chicago goes a little more than 20 hours on average in between murders, and 84.6% of those murdered were murdered by gunshots. Given this information, Obama’s claim doesn’t appear to hold water.
Rape survivor, Kimberly Corban also took the microphone to address Obama. That exchange can be seen here. She discussed the importance of being able to protect herself and her family. Obama again falls back on his rhetoric by saying, “You certainly would like to make it a little harder for that assailant to have also had a gun”. (Assumed reference to her rapist.) He continued, “You certainly want to make sure that if he gets released, that he can’t now do what he did to you, to somebody else. And it’s going to be easier for us to prevent him from getting a gun if there’s a strong background system in place.”
I guess he just doesn’t get it. A criminal isn’t going to go through the detailed, legal process to buy a firearm. A dangerous criminal who has been released (something Obama is guilty of doing ) knows he/she is not going to pass a background check. So why would they even try to purchase a firearm legally?
Later in the exchange, Obama takes a left turn and starts questioning whether or not having guns at home is safe. His true colors start to bleed through at this point. He goes on to say, “If you look at the statistics there’s no doubt there are times when someone who has a weapon has been able to protect themselves…but what is more often the case is that they may not have been able to protect themselves, but (pause), they’re(?) end up being the victim of the weapon that they purchased themselves. And that’s something that can be debated.”
Debated?! Please, someone find these statistics that he is talking about! I don’t EVER recall hearing a story where a legal gun owner had their own weapon turned on them during a crime. This is an outrageous claim!
Unfortunately, the media will praise him for attending this “Town Hall Meeting”. No one will question the legitimacy of any of his statements. If he says it, it must be true. What a shame!