NY AG: “In Some Parts of New York State, You Can Find a Gun More Easily Than You Can Find an Apple”

NY AG: “In Some Parts of New York State, You Can Find a Gun More Easily Than You Can Find an Apple”

Back in 2015, then President Obama misleadingly sought to describe the “availability of guns” by proclaiming that “you can go on into some neighborhoods, and it’s easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book, there are neighborhoods where it’s easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable.” He repeated a variant of the claim even after the Washington Post’s fact checker determined that the statement was a three-Pinocchio rated falsehood. Not only was the president “playing fast and loose with his language,” the fact checker ruled that the statement was “just a very strange comment that appears to have no statistical basis… As far as we know, there are no areas in the United States where background checks are needed to buy vegetables.” It’s hard to drop such a catchy, if completely bogus, talking point, which may explain why a local paper quoted New York State Attorney General Letitia James as saying , recently, “What’s so tragic is that in some parts of New York State, you can find a gun more easily than you can find an apple.” Problem is, New York State is flush with apples. According to the U.S. Apple Association, out of the 32 states that grow apples commercially, New York State is the second largest producer of the fruit in the country. Last year, for example, the yield was an estimated 1,385,000,000 pounds of apples. […]

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