The BBC reports on Barack Obama’s reaction to the appalling church shooting in Charleston with the following title:
Charleston church shooting: Obama’s ‘hopeless’ push for gun control
Why might it be hopeless? Well, let’s look at what Obama said:
“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,”
Which is flat-out wrong, and unless Obama is spectacularly tin-eared, is a whopping great lie. In July 2011, Norwegian Anders Breivik killed 77 people in an attack inspired, in part at least, by racial hatred 67 of which were shot. More recently, we had the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in which gunmen murdered 12 people and wounded 11 others.
Regardless of whether you think increased gun controls in the US are desirable, it is hardly surprising that a “push” which starts off with a ludicrously false claim is “hopeless”. But the way the BBC presents it, it is only the unreasonable stubbornness of conservative gun-nuts which are preventing Obama from ending such shootings permanently.