By: Michael Dorstewitz for BIZPAC Review
This election cycle, President Obama’s team is bringing up class warfare, the war on women and Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital. One issue that’s missing, to the displeasure of the left, is gun control.
During his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama called for a ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic weapons and more restrictions on purchasing all firearms. I pointed out in a previous column that most handguns sold today are semi-automatic.
Since his inauguration, however, we have heard little on gun control from the president. And he’s been given plenty of opportunity to make a stand. There have been several school shootings. There was the Fort Hood tragedy (which the administration incorrectly called a “work-related incident”). Finally, there was the infamous Jan. 8, 2011, massacre, when U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and 18 others were shot during a public gathering in a supermarket parking lot.
In the days following the Giffords shooting, liberal politicians and the press called for tighter handgun restrictions — but the president remained silent, choosing instead to urge everyone to tone down the rhetoric. A month after the shooting, Time Magazine’s Alex Altman noted that Obama’s reticence pleased neither the left nor the gun lobbyists. Fully a year after Giffords’ injuries, the Washington Post argued that the best way to honor her would be to enact gun control legislation, much like the Brady Bill signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The Post editorial noted that when President Obama delivered his State of the Union address after the shooting, he “could not muster a single word about the need for reasonable gun control measures to ward off such violence in the future,” expressing hope that he would soon find the courage to do so.
What the Post’s editorial board refuses to recognize, however, is that outlawing handguns won’t mean an end to handgun violence. Criminals would continue to obtain handguns just as they always have — through illegal street sales. It would merely make law-abiding citizens unable to protect themselves and their loved ones in the face of violence directed toward them. And self-protection is, after all, the whole purpose of the Second Amendment.
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