Before the bodies were cold and before any information was known about the two maniacs who massacred innocent civilians this past weekend, Democrats were fundraising and caterwauling about the need for gun control. How do we keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them? That is a question that will not be asked nor answered by posturing anti-Second Amendment propagandists.
Instead, the Senate Democrats want to pass the bill that already passed in the Democrat-controlled House earlier this year, HR8.
“The Republican Senate must stop their outrageous obstruction and join the House to put an end to the horror and bloodshed that gun violence inflicts every day in America. Enough is enough.” And Schumer tweeted the majority leader “must call the Senate back for an emergency session to put the House-passed universal background checks legislation on the Senate floor for debate and a vote immediately.”
The background check bill “prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check.”
In the case of the Dayton massacre and the El Paso massacre, the firearms were legally obtained. How would HR8 have stopped either one of these massacres? Are its advocates explaining how it would have stopped either one of these tragedies from happening? No, because it wouldn’t have.
The Democrats don’t really care about gun violence other than as a useful tool for their political power grab. Background check requirements and other gun control measures haven’t stopped gun violence in either Chicago or Baltimore, places with notoriously restrictive gun control laws. We do not see the same recent outrage over the 314 gun deaths in Chicago during the last year. There have been 180 gun deaths in Baltimore so far in 2019, where is the fury? Firearm murders in both Baltimore and Chicago frequently and disproportionately victimize minorities and yet we never see the Democrat-media grandstanding about these casualties. Perhaps this is because there are no gun control restrictions left to inflict on these cities. Or perhaps because they don’t really care about gun violence unless it is politically useful, both Chicago and Baltimore are under Democrat control.
Another “sensible gun control measure” the Democrats and media are insisting upon is the “assault weapons” ban. When political celebrities and politicians talk about “assault weapons,” they do not define what an “assault weapon” is. What makes a rifle an assault weapon as opposed to a non-assault rifle? Don’t expect an answer because it’s a made up term to confuse those unfamiliar with firearms that military-grade weapons are littering America’s streets.
President Bill Clinton signed the assault weapon ban (AWB) into law in 1994 and it was in effect for 10 years until 2004. Did it work?
It turns out that various independent studies came to the same conclusion: the ban had no measurable impact on the number of shootings or the number of shooting deaths while it was in effect.
A 2005 report from the National Research Council, for example, noted that “A recent evaluation of the short-term effects of the 1994 federal assault weapons ban did not reveal any clear impacts on gun violence outcomes.”
A 2004 study sponsored by the National Institute of Justice found that while the ban appeared to have reduced the number of crimes committed with “assault weapons,” any benefits were “likely to have been outweighed by steady or rising use of non-banned semiautomatics.”
As a result, the Justice study found “there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence, based on indicators like the percentage of gun crimes resulting in death or the share of gunfire incidents resulting in injury.”
One main reason the AWB did not work was because violence committed with “assault weapons” is very rare compared with handgun violence. Criminal malefactors will just find another weapon to carry out their evil intentions if they are intent on doing so. After all, the Columbine massacre occurred during the AWB. But even mass shootings were not stopped by the 10-year long ban. “Mass shootings didn’t stop during the ban, either — there were 16 while the ban was in effect, which resulted in 237 deaths or injuries. In fact, it was while the ban was in effect that the Columbine High School massacre happened, in which 13 students were killed and 24 injured.”
Despite the rhetoric and hysteria on display following the gruesome murders in Ohio and Texas, gun crime is on the decline and has been for years. The media has effectively brainwashed the public to believe that gun violence is an epidemic. “In other words, gun homicides have dropped substantially over the past 25 years — but most Americans believe the opposite to be true….The good news is that gun homicides are down substantially both as a raw total and as a function of population since 1994.”
Be careful when the Democrats and the media offer solutions unrelated to the problems they are promoting.
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