Mrs. Obama went on ABC Good Morning America, and had this to say about Hadiya Pendleton, the young woman who sang at the inauguration then was tragically shot in Chicago, “She was standing out in a park with her friends in a neighborhood blocks away from where my kids…grew up, where our house is. She had just taken a chemistry test, and she was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need [emphasis added].” It comes as no surprise to me that Mrs. Obama would try to politicize the death of this young lady. She is trying to exploit the death of this young woman to achieve a ban on semi-automatic rifles. It also comes as no surprise that much like her husband, she will make claims that fly completely in the face of the facts. However, according to the Associated Press the authorities that the shooter used a semi-automatic pistol to shoot the young lady six times before fleeing the scene.
According to the Washington Examiner “It is extremely unlikely that the murder weapon was an automatic handgun, an extremely rare occurrence, even in the streets of Chicago. An overwhelming majority of handguns bought and sold in America are semi-automatic.” So again the concept of scary looking semi automatic rifles not being the favored weapon of criminals rears its ugly head, darn those facts.
This little gaff in and of itself is not a damnable offense, it is possible that Mrs. Obama just misspoke, your on TV, not familiar with firearms, and you misspeak its not that big of a deal. I have no issue with what the First Lady said, other than it was not based within the realm of the truth. Apparently ABC saw this as being an issue too, because while they left the gaff on their website, but they edited the comment out of the show when it aired?
Here is the edited video
So why did ABC not show the First Lady saying that this girl was killed by automatic weapons, in a city with some of the strictest gun control measures in the world? I can’t help but feeling that if this had been say…. Laura Bush the clip would not have been edited, and the first lady would have been thrown to the wolves.