I might as well continue my earlier thoughts about President Obama politicizing the San Bernardino shootings through his advocacy of gun control (or common sense gun safety laws” as he puts it) in light of his remarks at the White House earlier today.
Although Obama acknowledge that “it is possible it was terrorist related” he kept to the gun control message:
We all have a part to play and I do think as the investigation moves forward it’s going to be important for all of us including our legislatures to see what we can do to make sure that when individuals decide that they want to do somebody harm we’re making it a little harder from them to do it because right now it’s just too easy.
But it’s not like our various legislatures across the country haven’t enacted new laws. As John R. Lott, Jr. notes today at NRO:
Colorado had already expanded background checks two years ago. So had Oregon before the Umpqua Community College shooting in October. France also has a background-check system. So too does California, which experienced yesterday’s attack. Yet, while the existing laws didn’t stop shootings of the very kind Clinton claims that they will stop, she uses these failures to justify imposing similar laws on the rest of the country.
President Obama also boasted in his recent interview with HBO’s Bill Simmons in GQ that he had put forward 23 executive actions on guns since the Sandy Hook shootings. Those 23 executive actions didn’t stop the San Bernardino shootings either.
But if more gun control did somehow prevent Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik from obtaining firearms then what about the dozen pipe bombs that were found in their home? Or the pipe bombs discovered at the scene of the attack? These were people determined to kill in the name of Islam and with whatever weapons they have at their disposal. As we have seen in Israel, Palestinian terrorists are more than happy to use knives as a means by which to deploy terror. The best ways to stop the likes Farook and Malik is targeted surveillance (NSA & otherwise) as well as a Muslim community prepared to alert authorities when trouble among their own arises, not through more gun control.