By Matthew Balan ~
The liberal media, especially the Big Three networks, have been so caught up in President Obama’s “deeply emotional appeal,” as he issued his executive orders on gun control, that they haven’t bothered to check the effectivity of the actions. On Wednesday, the AP’s Michael R. Sisak pointed out that “the gun control measures a tearful President Barack Obama announced Tuesday would not have prevented the slaughters of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, or 14 county workers at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California.”
Sisak first summarized the Obama administration orders in his article, “Obama measures wouldn’t have kept guns from mass shooters,” and continued that the “measures are seen as crucial to stemming gun suicides — the cause of two-thirds of gun deaths — by blocking immediate access to weapons.” He then disclosed that “an Associated Press review shows, they would have had no impact in keeping weapons from the hands of suspects in several of the deadliest recent mass shootings that have spurred calls for tighter gun control.”
The Associated Press correspondent noted that “the shooters at Sandy Hook and San Bernardino used weapons bought by others, shielding them from background checks. In other cases, the shooters legally bought guns.” He also outlined that in the cases of the mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado and at the Washington Navy Yard, “men undergoing mental health treatment were cleared to buy weapons because federal background checks looked to criminal histories and court-ordered commitments for signs of mental illness.”
Sisak later highlighted that “the suspect in a shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, should have been flagged at the time, but errors and delays cleared the way for his purchase.” Before ending his article with a timeline of “how some recent mass shooting suspects got their weapons,” the correspondent boosted one of the President’s talking points from his Tuesday event:
Though the moves probably wouldn’t have prevented recent mass shootings, Obama rejected the idea that undermines the changes.
“We maybe can’t save everybody, but we could save some,” Obama said.
The AP journalist included the 2015 San Bernandino and Chattanooga mass shootings in the timeline, but didn’t refer to them as terrorist attacks. In the case of the latter, Sisak underlined that “relatives say [Muhammad Youssef] Abdulazeez had a history of mental illness, made a series of overseas trips and was arrested in April on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.” However, he left out that FBI Director James Comey announced on December 16, 2015 that “there is no doubt that the Chattanooga killer was inspired, motivated by foreign terrorist organization propaganda.”
Matthew Balan has been a news analyst at Media Research Center since February 2007, and he contributes posts at the NewsBusters site.