On January 5th, Obama came out in front of the cameras and, with tears in his eyes, spoke about the mass shootings that have hit America in the last few years and urged Congress to “be brave enough to stand up to the gun-lobby’s lies.” But would Obama’s gun control measures actually have prevented the mass shootings in San Bernardino or any other mass shootings in recent American history?
According to AP’s fact check, it wouldn’t have.
Obama’s gun control measures would increase the number of examiners checking background checks for those looking to purchase a firearm. But despite this, according to AP, Syed Farook and other shooters would still have been able to get their hands on a gun.
Michael Sisak from Associated Press points directly to the flaw in Obama’s plan:
“The shooters at Sandy Hook and San Bernardino used weapons bought by others, shielding them from background checks. In other cases, the shooters legally bought guns.”
In his analysis, most of the guns that the shooters used for the mass shootings were not actually purchased by the shooters themselves, but by someone else (who could pass the background check more easily). In other cases, the background check failed and the guns were purchased legally by the very men who would later use them to kill dozens of innocent bystanders.
There is no way that Obama’s gun control measures would have prevented any of those.
The fact of the matter is that Obama’s gun control measures would do nothing to make America safer. Instead, it is another case of trading a bit of freedom for some imagined security.
Many have already taken a stance against Obama’s blatant abuse of power and authority, chief among them Rand Paul, who has promised to fight Obama’s executive actions and protect the Second Amendment.
Paul stated in December that:
“In the United States, we do not have a king, but we do have a Constitution. We also have the Second Amendment, and I will fight tooth and nail to protect it.” (The Hill)
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