Here we go again. We have to do something about guns. More gun laws! Tougher gun laws! And once again, the president completely BLEW passed the mental health issue and went straight to guns laws without providing a single detail. Just the generic mantra of “let’s make more laws that we won’t enforce and then wonder why nothing has changed.”
Please remember, the recent shooting on Umpqua Community College in Oregon took place in a gun-free zone where even the security guard could not be armed. Not until police showed up with a gun 20 minutes after it started did the shooting finally stop.
I listened to the president’s 12 minute speech about how bad the congress was because they wouldn’t pass comprehensive gun safety laws. What, exactly, does he have in mind? What does he see as a solution? He didn’t say. Again. He is still leaving it up to congress for him to threaten to veto if he doesn’t get what he wants. So why waste all that time? He should just tell them what he wants.
The president expressed outrage that 9 people were killed at the hands of a gunman. He is a very confused (and confusing) man. Why is he not outraged at the 2600 shot in the gun-free city of Chicago this year? What about the 370 lives lost there? And most of them black lives! Not a word. No outrage. Don’t #BlackLivesMatter to him?
Then there is Washington, DC. 2400 shootings in 2014 and 100+ killings. Another city where guns are not welcome. This is a city where the Chief of Police has refused to issue licenses to carry even though she has been ordered by a judge to do so. Interestingly enough, she has not been locked up for ignoring the judge’s order like Kentucky clerk Kim Davis was.
Based on Chicago and DC, we have proof that stricter gun laws work well, right?! No, wait! That’s proof they DON’T work! These are just 2 of over a dozen cities that have the same issues.
The president is not being honest about the cause. If he really felt that shootings were out of control and that he needed to insert himself in the process why hasn’t he spoken out on the Chicago shootings? Why hasn’t he called on the mayor or governor imploring them to enact new laws? The same goes for DC and more recently Baltimore. Why won’t he speak out about those? Is it because it’s mostly black-on-black crime? Is it because it won’t play well? Or is it because people will ask “why don’t those police departments just enforce existing laws?”
New York canned their “stop and frisk” program, and guess what? Crime rates on the rise. Shootings on the rise. Hmmm. But the Left says no there is no relationship. Sure. OK.
What new gun laws would stop these types of shootings, especially the ones that happen in cities where there are already no guns allowed? For those of you who love to post negative comments on my writings, why don’t you show a level of intelligence and real caring and put up posts with real, specific solutions? And please stay away from the party line. “Stricter guns laws” – “more extensive background checks,” what does that mean… be specific!
I can tell you what the president means. He simply wants your guns! Period. His words. Not mine. “We need to look at Australia and England.” England’s laws: “The guiding laws for firearms are according to the Firearms Rules 1989 and the Firearms Act (1968). All handguns, semi-automatic and pump-action non-rim-fire rifles are prohibited.” So basically 22 caliber rifles and pistols are what will be ok and probably heavily regulated.
In Australia, “The new law on Firearms all but prohibited automatic and semiautomatic assault rifles, stiffened licensing and ownership rules, and instituted a temporary gun buyback program that took some 650,000 assault weapons (about one-sixth of the national stock) out of public circulation. Among other things, the law also required licensees to demonstrate a “genuine need” for a particular type of gun and take a firearm safety course.”
What would a “genuine need” be? Protection of home, family, property? NOPE! You basically have to be a police officer, security bank guard, or belong to a security company.
And since the president used these 2 countries as an example… and since he has suggested no other real plan, I have to assume he wants to emulate their laws.
NO THANK YOU Mr. Obama! We like our laws. We need you to be “The President.” Speak out against the violence… in ALL cities. Speak up in support FOR our law enforcement. Encourage and give assistance to departments that need it to enforce the laws we already have on the books.
Enough with the emotional reactions immediately following these events. It’s time for common sense solutions and follow through. No more gun laws. More enforcement! And no gun confiscation!
First published at The REAL Side
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