Luckily for gun owners, the more Democrats agitate for restrictive gun laws, the worse the Democrats do in polling.
Last Thursday, as Americans were still coming to grips with the tragic rampage in Oregon, President Obama addressed the American people. An hour before the president spoke, news outlets were confirming that the shooter in Oregon had targeted his victims based on their religion.
Multiple eyewitnesses and relatives of the victims all said the shooter asked the victims to state their religion. Those who said “Christian” were shot in the head. Others were shot in the legs or other parts of their body. The president — in 1,299 words — never once discussed religious tolerance or even condemned the shooting. It is worth noting, at a minimum, that had the shooter or victims been Muslim, the president would have talked about religious tolerance.
Saying “this is something we should politicize,” the president proceeded to call for more gun laws, though he could not name any that would have prevented the shooting. Instead, he cited “friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours.”
But what do those countries’ gun laws look like? The president and the left wing media horde of editorialists and activists citing Great Britain and Australia give us our hint — gun confiscation. Both countries have very tight bans on guns and have confiscated their citizens’ guns. Australia raised a tax and used that money to buy back guns in Australia. Several studies suggest that the Australian gun laws did reduce gun related suicides, but only weakly at best improved the homicide rate.
In citing other countries, the president and the left also fail to reflect on our constitution. We do have a Second Amendment, which the Supreme Court has ruled gives an individual the right to keep and bear arms. A political army that demands unfettered access to abortions because the Supreme Court says they are legal has no qualms about ignoring the court when the army disagrees.
Concurrent to these — thus far — subtle calls for gun confiscation are calls for new laws. The left is pushing for a renewed assault weapons ban, which is more accurately called a “spooky weapons” ban; the ban just targeted guns that looked spooky. The original ban did nothing to stop the rampage in Columbine, Colorado. In fact, the guns restricted under the ban were not used in Columbine.