Are Guns Easier for Teenagers to Buy Than Books or Computers?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alain StephensAugust 10, 2016 10:20 am

President Barack Obama attracted attention for a bold assertion about how easy it is to obtain a gun during his speech at a memorial service for five officers slain by a sniper in Dallas, Texas.

“As a society, we choose to under-invest in decent schools,” he said. “We allow poverty to fester so that entire neighborhoods offer no prospect for gainful employment. We refuse to fund drug treatment and mental health programs. We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book, and then we tell the police, ‘You’re a social worker, you’re the parent, you’re the teacher, you’re the drug counselor.’”

Is that a fact? Gardner Selby of the PolitiFact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.

Critics pounced on the Glock remark, saying Obama was making a misleading — or even outright false — comparison. But the White House said it had evidence to back up Obama’s line.

Hear how Obama’s claim scored in the player above.