A student asked President Obama at a Columbia, S.C. town hall meeting Friday about gun control. As often happens when he doesn’t have a script to rely on, Obama threw caution to the wind and set the truth to the side.
He suggested to the event, hosted by Benedict College, that it was easier to buy a gun than it was to buy a book or a fresh vegetable.
“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,” Obama claimed. “As long as that’s the case, we’re going to continue to see unnecessary violence.”
People on Twitter had a field day with that one.
@K_Schallhorn @Gabby_Hoffman buying a gun is easier than buying vegetables per BHO. The waiting period on broccoli is brutal.
— BryanBair (@BryanBair) March 7, 2015
Breitbart News White House correspondent Charlie Spiering was tweeting the president’s remarks at the event, and thought that one was so far out in left field it deserved an exclamation point.
Obama says that in some neighborhoods that it’s easier to buy a handgun than it is to buy a fresh vegetable (!)
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 6, 2015
Soon others joined in:
@CrystalPrebola @charliespiering Sounds like a grocery store problem not a gun problem.
— Johnny B. (@bapruger77) March 7, 2015
@charliespiering I don’t need to show an ID to buy a turnip.
— Dread Pirate Ragnar (@mizflame98) March 6, 2015
@charliespiering Got a tough decision at the store today – should I get a random hand gun or some random vegetable.
— Liz V (@ShoreEJV) March 6, 2015
@RayHJenkins cucumber @charliespiering
— Pfeil (@Cowboy__Country) March 6, 2015
@MartyLeft @charliespiering no – it’s B.S. Just like saying ppl want machine guns in bars-strawman to shoot at. He can’t have honest debate
— Ray H. Jenkins (@RayHJenkins) March 6, 2015
Every time anyone purchases a firearm, they have to complete the 6-page ATF Firearms Transactions Record, have their ID checked and wait while the dealer phones the information in to comply with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
I never had to do that to buy a bag of green beans — but then again, maybe I’ve been lucky.
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