All Baltimore homicide victims, 2007 (Source: Baltimore Sun)
By focusing on an isolated “newsworthy” tragedy in one place, Mr. Obama unknowingly obscures the real issue, and does indeed politicize it — as he forthrightly admitted.
NOTE: Every action of this Oregon murderer is already 100% illegal — legal scholars know the call for new laws is superfluous and disingenuous. It is a political agenda that weakens support and the true effort to solve the problem.
The President made a repeated and critical mistake: New laws affecting all Americans will not affect the lone psychotics who commit these atrocities.
The medical community stands as the greatest obstacle in getting to the psychotics.
And the biggest ignored issue of all is: The existing background checks have stopped two million people from buying guns because they are known criminals or mentally unfit — and they are simply turned loose on the streets.
We have their names and addresses — and our government just sets them free, right after they try to buy guns.*
Mr. President, do something about that if you’re really serious.
Don’t try to pass something else, that you know and admit Congress and the public will resist. Act now.
If you want more common-sense solutions, call me.
Alan Korwin is the author of seven books on gun law, including Gun Laws of America. Check out his website at www.gunlaws.com.
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