All politicians lie, but President Obama is a master at telling half-truths, manipulating data, and outright lying.
There is one lie that I find particularly annoying because it’s based on a false premise …
Obama essentially admitted during his January 5, 2016 speech outlining his executive orders that none of his gun control measures would help save lives nor prevent mass killings by psychos.
He then told a huge whopper of a lie, essentially stating that even if Gun Control doesn’t stop mass killings — it will help save lives because the killers will be using knives instead of using guns.
Here is the exact quotes from a transcript of Mr. Obama’s speech:
“Each time this comes up, we are fed the excuse that common-sense reforms like background checks might not have stopped the last massacre, or the one before that, or the one before that, so why bother trying. I reject that thinking. (Applause.) We know we can’t stop every act of violence, every act of evil in the world. But maybe we could try to stop one act of evil, one act of violence.
“Some of you may recall, at the same time that Sandy Hook happened, a disturbed person in China took a knife and tried to kill — with a knife — a bunch of children in China. But most of them survived because he didn’t have access to a powerful weapon. We maybe can’t save everybody, but we could save some. Just as we don’t prevent all traffic accidents but we take steps to try to reduce traffic accidents.”
Obama Told a Half Truth, Then A Blatant Lie …
First, I’m actually glad he addressed the mass killings in China using knives because I’ve NEVER heard anyone from the left or the mainstream media even mention it in the so-called “debate” on gun control.
That was the half truth, acknowledging these mass killings happen in other countries and that they use knives (or other weapons) to do it …
… so common sense would tell you that even full-out gun banning in America would never stop mass murderers, who would just switch to different weapons.
Then he unleashed the whopper of a lie, stating ” … But most of them survived because he didn’t have access to a powerful weapon”
The Truth Is That Mass Killings Happen In China Using Knives.
Here’s a partial list off mass killings at schools in China (source).
On March 23, 2010, Zheng Minsheng, murdered eight children with a knife in an elementary school in Nanping,Fujian province in China.
Later that year (after Zhen Minsheng was executed) in neighboring Fujian Province, in Leizhou, Guangdong knife-wielding Chen Kangbing, at Hongfu Primary School wounded 16 students and a teacher.
On April 29, 2010 in Taixing,Jiangsu, unemployed Xu Yuyuan went to Zhongxin Kindergarten and stabbed 28 students and two teachers after stabbing the security guard; most of the Taixing students were 4 years old.
On April 30, 2010 Wang Yonglai used a hammer to cause head injury to preschool children in Weifang, Shandong, then used gasoline to commit suicide by self-immolation.
(Oh wait, we’re only comparing knives to guns here — sorry about that — but I guess a sick psycho bashing in the heads of preschool children in China is not something that any left-wing democrat wants to address — the fact that murder is murder regardless of the weapon(s) used)
An attacker named Wu Huanming killed seven children and two adults and injured 11 other persons with a cleaver at a kindergarten in Hanzhong, Shaanxi on May 12, 2010.
On May 18, 2010 at Hainan Institute of Science and Technology, in Haikou, Hainan, more than 10 men charged into a dormitory wielding knives around 2:30 am; after attacking the security guard and disabling security cameras, 9 students were injured, 1 seriously.
On 4 August 2010, Fang Jiantang slashed more than 20 children and staff with a 60 cm knife, killing 3 children and 1 teacher, at a kindergarten in Zibo, Shandong province.
That was all in just one year, 2010. A total of 27 people had died and at least 80 were injured in various knife attacks.
Clearly, banning guns does not stop mass killings. So there’s no reason to cry fake tears.
Obama Lied – Knives Have Killed More People In A Single Mass Murder Than A Single Mass Murder With Any Type of Gun
The Virginia Tech shooting (also known as the Virginia Tech massacre) occurred on April 16, 2007, on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Seung-Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks, approximately two hours apart, before committing suicide.
The Virginia Tech attack is the deadliest mass shooting incident in American history.
(It’s also worth noting that the so-called, “evil assault rifles” or “weapons of war” that Obama hates so much–your standard semi-automatic modern sporting rifle like an AR-15 or AK-47–were not even used at Virginia Tech. The killer used handguns.)
In October 2015 in Xinjiang China, 50 people were murdered (with as many as an additional 50 people injured) by knife-wielding men at a coal mine.
That’s 18 MORE people killed using a knife vs a gun in one single mass murder event.
On July 28, 2014 in the same region in China, a mass knife attack killed almost 100 people (according to the Chinese government) as well.
That could be as much as 68 MORE people killed using a knife vs a gun in a single mass murder event (assuming the 100 person death toll is accurate, it’s hard to find a good source about this attack on exact numbers).
Granted, as far as I know, those two attacks were committed by multiple people armed with knives vs just one lone killer armed with a gun as in the Virginia Tech killing spree.
As John Lott from the Crime Prevention Research Center notes,
“… Guns obviously make it easier for people to kill others, though they also make it easier for people to defend themselves. Still the harm that can be caused from knife attacks within a very short period of time, even by someone who doesn’t know what they are doing, can be seen by looking at some cases of multiple victim knife attacks from China”
Which I think is an important point.
If you want to argue that it’s easier to kill others with a gun than a knife … then by that very same logic … you must also agree that it’s much easier to defend yourself using a gun vs a knife.
So if you care at all about people protecting themselves from homicidal maniacs — who as we’ve seen still exist in China despite there being an epic level of gun control — then you would want more people to have access to guns.
Make No Mistake: Knives Still Kill a LOT of People in America Too …
I’ve had this discussion with someone before over dinner–I didn’t start it–and he swore up and down that his “green beret buddy” told him that it’s super hard to kill people with knives.
This is so absurd it’s not even funny.
It takes just as little skill to kill someone with a knife as it does with a gun …
In 2014, at Franklin Regional High School in Pennsylvania, a single, very small 16-year old kid (who witnesses said “looks like he’s 10”) was able to wound at least 24 people in just 5 minutes using a knife.
And comparing the number of murders by knife to the number of murders by what Obama calls “powerful weapons” — in other words, AR-15’s and the like — makes this even more obvious.
The truth is that ANY type of crime by semi-automatic rifles is extremely rare in the United States …
Obama would love to have all guns banned, but he mainly wants to ban AR-15’s and AK-47’s and other semi-automatic Modern Sporting Rifles — which he calls “assault rifles” or “weapons of war”.
As I’ve written before, the actual number of deaths by rifles — of any type, not just so-called “assualt rifles” (another propaganda word) — is so low it’s laughable that it’s a political issue at all.
In short, about FIVE times more people are murdered with knives than any type of rifle (based on FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics for the year 2011).
If Mr. Obama was actually concerned about the victims of violence he would care about ALL murders, not just those extremely rare mass shooting events involving a semi-automatic rifle.
Finally, The Deadliest Mass Killing in American History Did Not Use Any Guns At All …
The fact is, there will always be homicidal maniacs that use WHATEVER weapon they can get their hands on to murder large amounts of people …
In China, the maniacs use knives, meat cleavers, hammers and axes …
In Africa, machetes are often used …
In America, they use guns. But let’s not forget that the deadliest mass killing in American History (by body count) was done without the use of any firearms.
The Bath School disaster was a series of violent attacks perpetrated by Andrew Kehoe on May 18, 1927, in Bath Township, Michigan, that killed 38 elementary schoolchildren and six adults and injured at least 58 other people.
Kehoe beat his wife to death in cold-blooded murder, firebombed his farm, then detonated a major explosion in the Bath Consolidated School, before committing suicide by detonating a final explosion in his truck. It is the deadliest mass murder to take place at a school in United States history.
Not a single firearm was used.
The 9/11 attacks killed over 3,000 American citizens — not a single firearm was used.
The Oklahoma city bombing killed 168 people and injured 680 others — not a single firearm was used.