Amidst the horrible year of mass shootings in our country, some feel that the solution to this problem is “sensible gun control” that would move our troubled people ever closer to utopia. Gun control has been part of the Democratic platform for years, but now they have the emotional backing to legislate–come hell or high water. The left’s plans were brought one step closer to reality this week as Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s Senior Advisor, revealed that “the president has asked his team to complete a proposal and submit it for his review “‘in short order.” The recommendations will apparently include measures to expand background checks, making the gun purchasing process even longer.
Back in November, a group backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was working with White House attorneys to “target laws for sellers who make occasional sales versus those who are said to be engaged in the business–or rather, gun hobbyists versus gun dealers.” Essentially, this would allow the federal government to adjust the level of gun sales made by private sellers to require further background checks on any sales that surpass a set limit.
Republican leaders in Congress, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have not yet commented.
This policy may not stick for the majority of Americans, however. Gun sales have been on the rise over the last few weeks. On Black Friday alone, the FBI processed 185,345 background checks, a 5% uptick from Black Friday in 2014. We ought not be surprised: it’s becoming clearer to the American people that after every horrible tragedy, gun laws would likely not have prevented the loss of life.
On the same day that news of President Obama’s executive action broke, the Washington Post ran a fact check of Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) claim: “None of the major shootings that have occurred in this country over the last few months or years that have outraged us, would gun laws have prevented them.” This particular Fact Checker covered shootings from the Newtown, CT shooting in 2012 up to the most recent shooting in San Bernardino, CA. The Post’s conclusion was that “Rubio’s statement stands up to scrutiny — at least for the recent past, as he framed it.” He earned the coveted “Geppetto Checkmark” on the Post’s “Pinocchio Scale.”
That this traditionally liberal media outlet even gave credence to a claim opposing gun control is huge. Near the end, Glenn Kessler, the author, still included a push for some gun control measures based on the experiences of other countries and cross-comparative crime statistics.
The onset of violence, though, is still terrible and wearisome for the American people. It seems as though reports of mass shootings are up to one or two per week. But what I believe we can take away from the American people’s actions in response to these shootings is that we don’t have a gun problem–we have a heart problem. And gun control laws can never fix the human mind and heart.