Like a broken record, Obama once again uses a tragedy to push for gun control.
The horrible shooting in San Bernardino has left scars on our nation. Yet, mass killings have been politicized in a misguided attempt to push for gun control in the US.
Obama has taken the opportunity in addressing the shooting in San Bernardino to call, once again, for gun control measures. One thing he made mention of was keeping anyone on the government no-fly list from obtaining firearms. On the surface, this might sound prudent. But let’s look at some facts abut the no-fly list. First and foremost, it deserves mention that neither of the shooters were even on the no-fly list. Further, most people on the list are there because of some misfortune like their name matching that of some foreign terrorist.
As Marco Rubio stated recently,
“The majority of people on the no-fly list are oftentimes people that basically just have the same name as somebody else, who don’t belong on the no-fly list. . . These are everyday Americans that have nothing to do with terrorism.” (New York Times)
More to the point, California has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Yet, it didn’t stop the two shooters from obtaining the weapons they needed. It’s naive to think we can stop terrorism by limiting law abiding citizens’ access to firearms.
As the Daily Caller’s John Lott rightly noted,
“France’s strict background checks and weapons bans didn’t stop the terrorists from getting the AK-47s and explosive belts. There’s no reason to think that things will be any different here in America.”
So what would help combat domestic terrorism? That’s something the president is not willing to address. We can speak of gun control until we’re blue in the face. But the real issue isn’t the weapons, it’s the persons wielding them.
Paul himself gave a blunt assessment of this issue,
“If we want to know how we could’ve prevented this and how we can protect against future attacks, we need to look at who we’re letting into our country and what are the rules for gaining entry into our country.” (Newsmax)
Therein lies the dialogue our president has refused to have so far. We can talk about gun control endlessly. Yet, the real question isn’t the weapon but who is holding it and how they came to be here in the first place. What are your thoughts on gun control and the San Bernardino shooting? Let us know on Twitter. Also, follow us on Facebook to keep track of current issues.
Written by Mark Davis
(Photo courtesy of wahousegop, Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0)
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