Now, that is funny.
While speaking at Benedict College in South Carolina on Friday, President Obama made what many believe to be a dubious claim.
“It is hard to reduce the easy availability of guns,” Obama said. “As long as you can go on into some neighborhoods, and it’s easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book, there are neighborhoods where it’s easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable.”
“As long as that’s the case, we’re going to continue to see unnecessary violence,” he added.
Obviously, the president is regarding to the presence of black market handguns. Of course, this is a baseless rhetorical flourish, since grocers and bookstores openly advertise who they are to the public and sell goods at cheaper prices than what guns and clips are sold at. Let’s face it, handgun clips can’t be bought for $3 a pound at the local grocer.
Hyperbole aside, the president went on to examine the nature of gun crime across the world:
“Our homicide rates are so much higher than other industrialized countries.”
Although President Obama is absolutely correct in saying that the homicide rate is higher in the United States compared to most other industrialized nations that have stricter gun laws, the difference is only slight.
According to the World Bank, there are five homicides per 100,000 people in the United States versus one per 100,000 in Spain, The United Kingdom, and France.
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