Today, President Obama took to the podium to declare his unsurprising support for new, poorly-calibrated gun laws. His logic was simple: a horrific massacre occurred in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary, and we must try something. Anything. Well, not anything -- the same tried-and-true liberal gun control measures that have failed time and again.
No one would disagree with that, obviously. But try what?
Obama explained what he wouldn’t really try: anything having to do with mental health (even though shooter Adam Lanza clearly suffered from mental health issues, as did the Gabby Giffords, Virginia Tech, and Aurora, Colorado shooters); anything having to do with the entertainment industry’s emphasis on violence; anything having to do with over-the-top violent video games:
But Obama didn’t have to wait for the commission to even form to push legislation he thinks will cure all America’s ills on situations like Sandy Hook:
- An assault weapons ban was already in place in Connecticut when Sandy Hook took place. In fact, a federal assault weapons ban was in place for five years before the Columbine massacre. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's proposed legislation would not touch the gun used in Sandy Hook -- it would be grandfathered in. And the Sandy Hook killer was also carrying two handguns, which nobody on the left has proposed even restricting.
- With regard to banning high-capacity ammunition clips, California has experimented with lowering the capacity of magazines. It remains fifth in the country in gun murder rate. New Hampshire has no such restrictions. It ranks last.
- With regard to background checks, a carefully tailored law requiring criminal and mental health background checks is opposed by few Americans. The problem is that federal law is rarely so carefully tailored, or even enforced as it currently stands (see the Virginia Tech shooting). Let’s see the legislation before greenlighting it.
Then Obama got into his rhetorical manipulation. Here’s Obama, sounding no different than any normal National Rifle Association member:
Obama came back to the notion of “trying.” It’s just another example of his intent being good, without regard for the actual consequences of the legislation he’s proposing. Here are a few pieces of legislation that would achieve something:
- Ensuring armed security at schools. That would have stopped Adam Lanza.
- Doing away with so-called gun free zones, which are almost invariably the targets of mass shooters.
- Easing the privacy restrictions surrounding mental health, so that parents and guardians of the mentally ill know about their circumstances.
- Easing the ability to involuntarily commit those who would be a threat to themselves or others.