Obama is once again using a tragedy as an excuse to grab guns. He went around the constitution by issuing gun control though executive action. And he is using the shootings in Kalamazoo as an opportunity to further limit your Second Amendment rights.
Addressing the National Governors Association, the president doubled down on gun control. But, there is a big hole in his theory that points to what his motives really are.
The attack in San Bernardino killed 14 of our fellow Americans. And here’s a hard truth: We probably lost even more Americans than that to guns this weekend alone. On Saturday, another one of our communities was terrorized by gun violence. As many of you read, six people were gunned down in a rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan…
Earlier this year, I took some steps that will make it harder for dangerous people, like this individual, to buy a gun. But clearly, we’re going to need to do more if we’re going to keep innocent Americans safe. And I’ve got to assume that all of you are just as tired as I am of seeing this stuff happen in your states. So that’s an area where we also need to partner and think about what we can do in a common-sense way, in a bipartisan way, without some of the ideological rhetoric that so often surrounds that issue.
This isn’t about safety. This is about control. The background checks and hoops he wants people to jump through would not have prevented the shootings in Kalamazoo. The shooter didn’t have a history of psychological or criminal behavior. None of this would have stopped him.
And we know that criminals don’t follow the laws. These are limitations only for those of us who obey the law. The goal of new gun regulations is to make the burden of compliance so burdensome that it prevents law-abiding citizens from owning weapons. They, for the most part, have no relationship to public safety.
No mass shooting since 2012 would have been prevented by background checks. The effect on gun control is only felt by those obeying the law. It hasn’t protected anyone.
What would you say to an elected official who wants to limit your Second Amendment rights? Please share your thoughts.