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This didn’t go down as he had planned.
President Barack Obama addressed the annual conference of the International Association of Police Chiefs in Chicago on Tuesday and used the opportunity to promote his gun control agenda.
At a convention already marred by Black Lives Matter protesters, Obama essentially told the law enforcement officers that they are in danger due to the ready availability of firearms, and that strict gun control is the only remedy that can save them.
Obama declared, “In states with high gun ownership, police officers are three times more likely to be murdered than in states with low gun ownership. So you know, more guns on the street do not make you or your community safer.”
Unfortunately for Obama, the facts simply aren’t on his side.
Gun ownership in America is at record highs right now, and despite the rhetoric from both sides, crime on average is going down and the number of police officers killed on duty is actually down 38 percent from last year.
Obama also threw out a big number to make gun violence seem rather frightening, claiming more than 400,000 people have died in America because of guns since September 11, 2001.
That number lacks context though, and a significant portion are likely suicides, not to mention justifiable homicides or negligent accidents.
Furthermore, Bob Owens from Bearing Arms wrote, “In 1970, there were about 4 violent crimes per 1,000 Americans. In 2014, there were 3.75 violent crimes per 1,000 Americans. America is essentially as safe today as when VW Beetles ruled the road and Simon and Garfunkel ruled the radio.”
Owens added, “Barack Obama is blatantly fabricating a non-existent crisis in order to infringe upon our most basic and cherished rights.”