On Sunday night, President Obama offered Americans his strategy for protecting them from terrorism. No, he didn't announce new measures to track down terrorists. Instead, he wants to track down our guns.
This is nothing new. Obama has pushed for more gun control after every mass public shooting. The proposal is the same: more background checks. In reality, the shootings would still have happened.
The first proposal is to keep people on the no-fly list from getting guns. But none of the mass public shooters has been on the no-fly list. Even the San Bernardino killers, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, were not on the list. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security had recently cleared Malik to enter the country.
The president's vague second proposal is to "make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons." The AR-15s used in the San Bernardino massacre are actually just semiautomatics that fire one bullet at a time.
This gun uses the same bullets and fires them in just the same way that a normal hunting rifle does.
The AR-15 just happens to look more like an "assault weapon."
Appearances can be deceiving. It sure sounds scary to let guns fall into the hands of people on the terror watch list or no-fly list. However, many people on these lists haven't been convicted of anything and aren't even suspected of being terrorists.Read the rest of this John R. Lott Jr op-ed HERE.
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