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In Partisan Attack, Obama Gets Facts Wrong On Newtown Tragedy

- June 16, 2016

Today, While Attacking Republicans, Obama Misstated The Facts Of The Newtown Tragedy, Implying That The Shooter Legally Obtained His Weapons. PRESIDENT OBAMA: "Unfortunately, our politics have conspired to make it as easily as possible for a terrorist or just a disturbed individual like those in Aurora and Newtown to buy extraordinarily powerful weapons and they can do so legally." (President Barack Obama, Remarks In Orlando, FL, 6/16/16)

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But Gunman Adam Lanza Did Not Purchase The Guns Used In The Attack, And Actively Avoided A Background Check

All Weapons Used In The Shooting Belonged To His Mother, Who Had A Permit For Their Use. "The Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle Lanza used in the elementary school, as well as the four other weapons recovered from the crime scenes, belonged to his mother. She purchased them legally, and had a permit for their use." (Liz Goodwin, "Sandy Hook Report: Shooter's Mom Wanted To Buy Him Gun For Christmas," Yahoo News, 11/25/13)

Lanza Attempted To Buy A Long Gun Rifle "From A Local Gun Store But Was Turned Away Because He Did Not Want To Wait For The Required 14-Day Background Check." "Just days before the school shooting, Adam Lanza attempted to purchase a single 'long gun' rifle from a local gun store but was turned away because he did not want to wait for the required 14-day background check, according to two federal law enforcement officials. Sources said he entered the store "earlier in the week" in the Newtown area and inquired about buying one rifle. He was only 20 years old, and did not have a permit for firearms, and was told about a 14-day background check that would have to be done, the sources said." (Richard A. Serrano and Alana Semuels, "Suspect In Massacre Tried To Buy Rifle Days Before, Sources Say," Los Angeles Times , 12/15/12)


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