To The Daily Sun,
Don Ewing is absolutely right! Obama deserves an Oscar nomination for his recent, tearjerker performance on gun control. Now let's look at the real world. Not the "Obama stage play."
First, there has been no comprehensive gun control legislation because, like so many issues, Obama can not get an agreement passed through Congress. He lost both houses of Congress because the American people disliked his ideas, as well as the ideas of the Democratic Party. Further complicating matters, people in his own party oppose Obama's thinking on many important issues. The key stumbling block to progress on gun control is Obama's refusal to compromise. It is the same flaw we have witnessed on so many other high profile issues facing our country, including immigration.
Second, if Americans want chop suey, soup-of-the-day gun control logic look no further than than the left. In the 1990s the scream from Democrats was gun violence was caused by too many licensed gun dealers. The Democratic Party and the Anti Violence Policy Center celebrated loudly when it was reported the number of licensed gun dealers had dropped by 79 percent from 245,628 in 1994 to 50,630 in in 2007. The insanity of their thinking was fewer licensed dealers would reduce gun crimes.
Fast forward to 2016. Obama and the left have a new view. That view is a 100 percent total reversal of their old view of just a few years ago. They now say gun violence is caused by too few licensed gun dealers. Did the reduction in licensed dealers they screamed for reduce crime or death from gun violence? No. Will quintupling the number of licensed dealers again back to the 1994 levels or higher reduce crime or gun violence? No.
I tell you what it will do. It will increase the number of government bureaucrats further interfering in the lives of tens of thousands of ordinary citizens who collect guns for a hobby. People who sell, one, two or three guns a year. Those folks could now go to jail for not going through the pain, red tape and expense of becoming dealers. It will increase the cost of government by hundreds of millions of dollars harming more middle-class taxpayers.
If "brain dead" has a model it's Democrats' views on guns. Hundreds of thousands of guns are stolen in this country annually, many of which pile up in a vigorous black market of weapons for sale to any buyer with a few dollars. I know this, so do people intent on committing crime. Further, there are hundreds of thousands of homes in America with shared gun ownership. The shooter in Newtown, Connecticut, used his mother's gun.
Barack Obama has no answer to the these complex issues because it literally means banning guns guaranteed under our Constitution. Shouting "gun ban" would reduce the number of Democrats in office even further. The truth is Barack Obama continual, demonizing rhetoric on gun control has created one of the greatest gun manufacturing and gun buying frenzies of all time. The production of guns, and permit requests to carry and own guns are at all-time highs. The sad truth is Obama's mouth will be at the source of more deaths from guns than any president in history from that single fact.
White House spokesmen Josh Earnest was recently asked if any of Obama's executive actions would have prevented any of the recent shooting deaths. After pondering trying to contrive some political out he finally glibly replied, "No it would not have."
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