Advocates of gun control are beating the drum more loudly perhaps than they have in years, hoping to capitalize on the tragic movie theater shooting in Aurora Colorado. A few are just the usual anti-gun suspects:
- Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) says we should ban online sales of ammunition. No word on whether she’ll renew her push to ban those shoulder things that go up.
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) says the shooting proves we need to reinstate her ban on semi-automatic rifles and other so-called “commonsense” gun controls. “Weapons of war don’t belong on the streets,” she told Fox News Sunday. We wonder if the senator is aware of the increasing popularity of these firearms for hunting and other sporting purposes. Regardless, she’s already revealed her dream: total gun confiscation.
- Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) wrote on op-ed in which she argues we should renew the “Assault Weapons” Ban, require private citizens to conduct background checks on gun buyers, and pass a national law that would require all states that issue concealed carry laws to rewrite them according to the “California model”. (Would anyone from California like to weigh in regarding the ease of obtaining a carry permit in your state?) But, don’t worry, Boxer says her proposals “are in no way a threat to law-abiding citizens who want access to firearms for hunting, collecting or protecting their individual families.” Give us a break.
But these are just the old codgers of gun control. It was predictable that they would use the Aurora tragedy as a “policy window” to push their agenda. What has everyone stunned is that President Obama has weighed in on the matter, voicing arguably his strongest support for gun control since taking office. Here’s an excerpt from his remarks at the National Urban League conference:
“These steps shouldn’t be controversial, they should be common sense. … I – like most Americans – believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms. I think we recognize the traditions of gun ownership passed on from generation to generation, that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage. But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers and not in the hands of crooks. They belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.”
It’s difficult to say at this point whether this is all just a bunch of rhetoric or if anti-gun forces will gain tangible momentum. However, it must just drive Feinstein and McCarthy crazy that every time they open their mouths on guns, the same thing happens: Gun sales boom. Last week, fears over new gun control laws and concern for personal safety prompted an increase in firearms sales nationwide, including a 43-percent increase in Colorado.
What do you think of what President Obama had to say about gun control?