Debunked: "We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary ..

Mick West

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Typical usage:

“We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.” - Bill Clinton

This is a classic example of a highly selective quote taken out of context. Clinton was talking about the ban on assault weapons. The quote has been lopped off mid sentence.

Here's the full discussion the quote comes from, with the sentence in full:

Source:

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=46264
 
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yeah lets not worry about gun rights. Lets just be like China instead of America.
 

Mick West

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yeah lets not worry about gun rights. Lets just be like China instead of America.

That's not the point. The point is that Clinton was not talking about rights in general, as the out-of-context quote implies. He was not even suggesting we remove gun rights - in fact he said he strongly supports those rights. He was just saying we need to be sensible about it.
 
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I'm glad to have the full quote. To me it is just as damning as the partial quote. In the interest of accuracy. it was not an Assault weapon ban. It was an Assault STYLE weapon ban. The ban is just as petty as the it sounds. It was all based on style. Assault weapons are weapons capable of full automatic fire. Assault Style Weapons ban was a ban on those that LOOKED like them. Two identical guns, one with a folding stock or "camo" stock would be banned while the "traditional" wooden stock version was not.

It is one of a series of lies told to limit/remove gun rights. Remember the Saturday Night Special law. Only sheep would believe that first its cheap handguns that are the major gun problem then switches to expensive SEMI-automatic rifles.

Let's have some honesty on both sides
 

Mick West

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I imagine that a compromise was reached on what constituted an assault weapon. But that's not really the issue here. The issue is that the quote is often given as:

[bunk]“We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.” - Bill Clinton[/bunk]

And that's what I was trying to debunk.
 
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