‘Every part…absolute lie’! Obama revs up Brazilian crowd with fictitious tirade on U.S. and guns

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Former President Barack Obama was overseas bashing the U.S. again.

Telling a crowd in Brazil on Thursday that U.S. gun laws “don’t make sense” and claiming that machine guns can be purchased legally online, Obama delivered remarks that were far from accurate and, at times, completely false.

As Obama spoke at a conference in Sao Paulo, he was asked to describe his hardest day as president which he noted was after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 which left 20 elementary students and six staff members dead, the Washington Examiner reported.

“And my daughters were only a little bit older than these young children that have been shot and I had to go and comfort the parents. And some of you may be aware our gun laws in the United States don’t make much sense. Anybody can buy any weapon any time,” Obama said during the interview at VTEX Day.

“You know, without much, if any, regulation, they can buy it over the Internet, they can buy machine guns. And for me, having to speak to parents who have lost a child, just two days or day after it had happened, and not being able to assure them that would change, that we would fix this — I couldn’t bring their children back, but I couldn’t even promise them that we would change the law so this didn’t happen to somebody else’s children,” he said.

In fact, according to the National Rifle Association, U.S. federal firearms laws require that anyone purchasing a gun be at least 18 years old to buy rifles and shotguns, and 21 years old for handguns. They must also pass a background check if buying from a dealer.

According to the Examiner:

There are around 300 federal and state gun laws that regulate the sale and acquisition of firearms in the United States. When it comes to internet gun sales, the firearm is sent to a gun dealer who holds a federal firearms license. An FBI background check is then conducted before the firearm is transferred to the buyer.

The buying and selling of new machine guns, which are capable of firing more than one bullet per trigger pull, has been banned since 1986 as the result of an amendment in the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act. Machine guns that were made before 1986 were grandfathered in and can still be purchased, but they are very heavy regulated and require an additional license and fees.


Interestingly, Obama delivered his remarks in a country that recently elected its first conservative candidate in 20 years, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who came to be called the “Trump of the Tropics” by the media. In January, Bolsonaro issued a temporary decree making it easier for the people to buy guns.

Obama must have seen himself as the voice of reason and wisdom as he spoke to the Brazilian crowd. But His comments quickly set off the fact-checkers who pointed out that “Literally everything Obama says here is false.”


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