The White House noted that in the context of the speech, Obama was speaking about the lack of opportunity and ready access to guns in many communities, particularly lower-income areas. It’s accurate to say there are communities that lack education, employment and health-care resources. And it’s fair to say that in some communities, there is ready access to illegally obtained guns for teens who can get them easily from a fellow gang member, friend or a family member — perhaps without even having to leave their home or their street.
But the president can make that point without resorting to such an exaggerated claim based in no real statistics, and which does nothing but distract the public. The president earns Three Pinocchios.
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