President Joe Biden may want to check his facts next time he makes a big claim, especially after The Washington Post gave him "Two Pinocchios" for a recent gun remark.
Biden claimed that the majority of gun owners would support a ban on assault weapons. As it turns out, The Washington Post did a fact check on him and basically said hold your horses, that went too far!
Biden said, during a press conference: "The folks who own weapons, the folks who own guns, they support universal background checks... The majority of them think we should not be selling assault weapons."
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This is where The Washington Post got involved and one of their fact-checkers, Glenn Kessler, had a little big to say about Biden's claim.
Kessler suggests that "there’s plenty of evidence to support his first statement — universal background checks. But do most gun owners also support a ban on selling assault weapons?"
This is where Kessler goes into a bit of research and comes up with enough information, or lack thereof, to present Biden with the double nose-growing wooden boy award.
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Here's just part of Kessler's research and information that disputes Biden's claim (the rest you can read on Kessler's full article):
Support for enhanced background checks to purchase firearms generally gets approval of 80 percent to 90 percent in public opinion polls. With those kinds of numbers, gun owners are clearly supporters.
For instance, in a 2019 Washington Post-ABC News poll of 1,003 adults, 89 percent of those surveyed indicated support when asked this question: “Would you support or oppose requiring background checks on all potential gun buyers, including private sales and gun shows?”
Among households with guns, support was 88 percent. In households without guns, support was 91 percent.
Similar results can be found in a variety of surveys, and Biden thus is on solid ground to make that claim.
But in that same survey, households with guns and those without guns split over an assault weapons ban. The question was: “Would you support or oppose a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons in this country? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?”
Among all those surveyed, 56 percent supported a ban and 41 percent opposed it. But among gun-owning households, the assault weapons ban did not receive majority support, with only 43 percent supporting it and 53 percent opposing it. By contrast, in non-gun households, 70 percent supported the ban and 27 percent opposed it.
After that info, and much more, Kessler gets to the final decision - the Pinocchio test.
Here's the verdict on Biden's gun claim:
Numerous surveys show that a vast majority of Americans, including gun owners, support enhanced background checks. But Biden went too far in claiming that a majority of gun owners also support a ban on assault weapons. The White House could not point to a poll that supported the claim, while a recent Post poll found that a narrow majority opposed it.
The president earns Two Pinocchios.
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