Via the Washington Post Fact Checker:
“We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.”
–President Obama, remarks at memorial service in Dallas, July 12, 2016
We received numerous reader requests for a fact-check into this claim, almost immediately after Obama said it at the memorial service for Dallas police officers killed by sniper fire on July 7.
It reminded us of a similar claim by Obama in March 2015, when he said, “There are neighborhoods where it’s easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable.” In fact, he said a version of the comparison of guns and books at the time, as well. We awarded Three Pinocchios to a series of his odd exaggerations about guns, including the comparisons to buying vegetables. (After the fact-check published, some readers pointed out that he may be referring to “food deserts,” or areas of the country where it is difficult to buy fresh vegetables.)
This time, Obama said a Glock, a type of handgun, is easier for teens to obtain than books or computers. Readers wanted to know: Really?
Find out their ruling here.