President Barack Obama praised Australia's tough measures to confiscate guns in a question and answer session on Tuesday. Speaking to users of the blogging site Tumblr, the president remarked, "Couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, well, that’s it, we’re not doing, we’re not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws, and they haven’t had a mass shooting since. Our levels of gun violence are off the charts. There’s no advanced, developed country that would put up with this."
The president must have failed to read a report by his own Department of Justice which last year found that gun violence in the United States is at a 20 year low. Despite that, the administration is threatening to take unilateral action via executive order on guns. White House spokesman Josh Earnest stated, “The president’s goal is to look for opportunities to act administratively, unilaterally using his executive authority to try to make our communities safer."
But does gun control actually make us safer? And is it really a straw man for libertarians to accuse liberals of wanting to take our guns if the president praises policies such as Australia's?
All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast!