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By Bill O'Reilly
Earlier this week we chastised Michele Bachmann for not being accurate about her lifestyle criticisms of President Obama. Mrs. Bachmann's general point was correct that the President Obama is asking for shared sacrifice but does not seem to be participating himself. However valid points are much stronger if you have the facts to back them up.
Enter our pal Congressman Charles Rangel, one of the oldest members of the House at age 82. Mr. Rangel wants to pass tough gun control laws.
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RANGEL: I cannot believe that politicians are afraid of the NRA. If they thought for one minute that the churches and the synagogue and the priests and the ministers were saying, "Hey, do the right thing and we have your back." We're talking about millions of kids dying, being shot down by assault weapons.
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O'REILLY: Millions of kids? Paging Congressman Rangel, the fact is that in 2011, the last stats available 8,500 Americans were killed by gunfire; 565 of them children. So Rangel weakens his own argument by being irresponsible. Are we all getting this?
When Congress returns from its recess on April 8th, Democratic Senator Harry Reid will move forward with the gun control bill.
But it will not call, will not call for an assault weapons ban. It wants universal background checks for gun buyers. Now, that can be debated. There are legitimate pros and cons about it so let's do that. Let's have the debate.
It was long past time for American politicians to be called out when they are dishonest in their rhetoric. We don't need that. We have complicated problems to solve. So let's deal with the facts. Congressman Rangel well knows millions of children have not been killed by assault weapons in this country.
And another far-left zealot Congressman Maxine Waters well knows that 170,000 jobs will not be lost because of the sequester despite her assertion. You want to win the debate? Wise up. Be honest.
And that's "The Memo."
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