CNN Actually Fact Checks (Some Of) Biden's 2A Lies

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Last week Tom Knighton covered quite extensively the subject of Biden’s announcement on executive action on guns in: Biden Lies About Background Checks & More During Anti-Gun Presser. The subject of these actions is so hot that many will be talking about them for weeks and months to come. Something we all need to appreciate is that what Biden can do without the full support of our congresscritters is very little. The most “teeth” that any of his actions has revolves around the head of the ATF (or AFT if you ask Biden) appointment. Aside from putting anti-gun, frothing-at-the-mouth, freedom haters in charge of different agencies, his hands are largely tied.  Still, freedom-loving Americans will have a hard time navigating through certain sections of the executive branch because of this.

In an article from CNN we can find some really interesting fact checks to chew on. To be completely fair, hat tip goes out to Braden Langley, from the Langley Outdoors Academy. It was a recent video that he put out that directed me to the article in the first place. Holmes Lybrand, Tara Subramaniam and Daniel Dale, the authors of the piece really did some due diligence while working on it.  Some select bits that I extracted for you to ruminate on:

Biden claimed that “the only industry in America — a billion-dollar industry — that can’t be sued — has exempt from being sued — are gun manufacturers.”
Facts First: This is false. Gun manufacturers are not entirely exempt from being sued, nor are they only industry with some liability protections.

Biden claimed that “If you walk into a store and you buy a gun, you have a background check. But you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want and no background check.”
Facts First: This framing from Biden is misleading, since it leaves the false impression that gun shows are exempt from background check laws.

He said that states with red flag laws have “seen a reduction in the number of suicides in their states.”
Facts First: This needs context. Research on this subject is limited, some of the available research data is mixed, and suicide rates have increased around the US in the 21st century.

These are just the highlights of a fairly well done article. To navigate through all the lies and rhetoric that we were bombarded with, do read the article in full as well as Knighton’s. There is nothing Earth shattering here though, as most civil rights minded persons already know these facts.  What is groundbreaking here is the that this was an article from CNN. The cable news network is not usually yelling from the rooftops about protecting our Second Amendment rights. To be perfectly honest, very few, if any main stream television news outlets meet, never mind exceed, the amount of coverage the 2nd Amendment rightfully deserves.

I won’t be holding my breath that this is the start of a new trend towards fairly covering the gun control debate on the part of CNN, but it’s worth noting that the media is capable of doing its job when it wants to. It’s just a shame that so few reporters are actually interested in doing so.

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Jul 27, 2021 12:30 PM ET