Kevin D. Williamson reminds us in NRO that theatrical shootings like the most recent one that took place at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon are not the problem. Nor, as he notes, are hysterical reactions the solution.
As President Barack Obama rushes to make another pitch for stricter gun-control policies and Hillary Clinton proposes stricter regulations on gun sales through legislation and “the use of executive power,” Americans should understand that these policies have little or no effect on such tragic events. The Left’s war on the 2nd Amendment will do nothing to stop lunatics from shooting up schools, shopping malls, or anything else that hits their deranged fantasies.
Wouldn’t it be more useful if President Obama, Hillary and Congress seriously addressed public-policy questions regarding those with mental health issues or criminal recidivists? As NRO points out:
In most American cities, the great majority of murders are committed by people with prior police backgrounds, often by those who already have been convicted of a criminal offense. It is maddeningly common for murders to be committed by killers with violent gun crimes on their criminal résumés. The streets of American cities are plagued by armed violent criminals because police, prosecutors, and parole officers refuse to do their jobs, or are unable to do their jobs.
Read more here from Mr. Williamson, who writes, “Politicians sell you emergency when they want to take something away from you. Terrorists are not the only people who know that a scared population is a compliant population.”