How AP Screwed Gun Control Fact Check After Dem Debate
By Tom Knighton
Fact-checking is an odd sort of art. I’m often amazed at the contortions some so-called fact-checkers go through in order to demonize their opponents and to shield their allies.
Now, I’m sure some fact-checkers are really trying to do it right. I’m sure there are honest mistakes made in good faith by these individuals.
Well, the Associated Press offered up a fact-check regarding the Democratic debate earlier this week. Of particular interest was their fact check on gun control and just how wrong it is.
PETE BUTTIGIEG: “On guns, we are this close to an assault weapons ban. That would be huge.”
AMY KLOCHUBAR: “I just keep thinking of how close we are to finally getting something done on this.”
THE FACTS: No, the U.S. is not close to enacting an assault-weapons ban, as Buttigieg claimed, nor close on any significant gun control, as Klobuchar had it. Congress is not on the verge of such legislation. Prospects for an assault-weapons ban, in particular, are bound to remain slim until the next election at least.
Legislation under discussion in the Senate would expand background checks for gun sales, a politically popular idea even with gun owners. But even that bill has stalled because of …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms