Obama was in Chicago speaking before the International Association of Chiefs of Police. A couple days ago White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest indicated that it would be difficult for the President not to mention gun violence in a city that’s plagued by it. Earnest had said that Chicago’s gun violence only goes to show that we need more gun control, not less. In fact, he said that we need more national cooperation.
Obama said that gun control laws are so lax that it’s easier for young people to buy a gun than it is to buy a book. Breitbart reported:
“To make our communities safer and to make our officers safer we’ve got to make it harder for criminals to cause chaos by getting their hands on deadly firearms.” He said, “A gun is a powerful instrument” that helps police do a dangerous job and which citizens own for sport or hunting or self-defense. But he stressed that it remains “too easy for criminals to buy guns.” And because of this, he said communities are “fearful,” and “streets [are] abandoned,” and parents aren’t as involved because being involved puts them at “risk of being shot.”
He told the chiefs, “You know that more guns on the streets does not make you or your communities safer.”
At two different points in the speech Obama said, “It is easier for a lot of young people in this city and [communities around the country] to buy a gun than buy a book.” He said, “It is easier to find a gun that it is to find some fresh vegetables.”
Obama then dismissed criticism of the failure of Chicago’s gun control laws by blaming Chicago’s skyrocketing gun crime on less gun control in other states. He said the solution is to put expanded background checks into place so that all states abide by the same federal standards. He criticized the availability of “military-style assault weapons,” which he said no one needs to own in order “to hunt a deer.”
I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that perhaps these young people who are able to obtain guns so “easily” aren’t the type to be looking for or buying books. Or fresh vegetables for that matter. Don’t liberals blame high crime rates on poverty and lack of education? Why would these kids care about books? They wouldn’t even be looking for books in the first place.
If these kids actually wanted to get a book, they could go to their local library, get a card and then check out a book. It’s not “easier” to get a gun than a book. What a silly statement. If they really wanted a book as much as they wanted to commit crimes, they would find a way to get a book.