Gun Control, Automatic Weapons, and Terrorism

Gun Control, Automatic Weapons, and Terrorism

Craig Huey Culture Wars, Election 2016 0 Comments

The left wants more gun control. President Obama and fellow U.S. Senators staged a filibuster to demand gun control.

But will taking away the guns solve the problem of mass murder or Islamic terrorism in our society?

Here are 7 things you should know:

1. AR-15 is not an assault weapon, and Omar Mateen did not even use an AR-15 at the night club!

2. The news media repeatedly reported the wrong weapon was used in the Orlando mass murder massacre. And it’s not the first time the media have done so.

3. Most murders are not committed with an assault weapon, so such a ban would be useless to stop these types of crimes.

4. Nations with strict gun control laws, like the United Kingdom, report higher crime rates all around, along with a general sense of unease among many that crime is getting worse and they have no power to prevent it.

5. Chicago, Illinois has the strictest gun control measures in the country, and has the highest murder rates, too. From 2012, the city witnessed 500 murders, surpassed in more recent years.

6. States with the highest numbers of legal gun ownership also have the lowest gun crime rates.

7. Numerous studies, from liberal to conservative, from academic to popular media, have affirmed that gun control does not prevent crime.

President Candidates on the Second Amendment

Now, where do the Presidential candidates stand on the Second Amendment?

Hillary Clinton

From the Clinton Campaign website:

  • Expand background checks to more gun sales—including by closing the gun show and internet sales loopholes—and strengthen the background check system by getting rid of the so-called “Charleston Loophole.”
  • Take on the gun lobby by removing the industry’s sweeping legal protection for illegal and irresponsible actions (which makes it almost impossible for people to hold them accountable), and revoking licenses from dealers who break the law.
  • Keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and the severely mentally ill by supporting laws that stop domestic abusers from buying and owning guns, making it a federal crime for someone to intentionally buy a gun for a person prohibited from owning one, and closing the loopholes that allow people suffering from severe mental illness to purchase and own guns. She will also support work to keep military-style weapons off our streets.

Donald Trump

Here is his campaign video on gun rights:

Here is a statement about his views on the Second Amendment:

Since declaring his presidential bid in June, Trump has called on the government to expand gun rights for law-abiding citizens while arguing many times that arming civilians could stop mass shootings—a notion also pushed by the NRA and other pro-gun activists. He’s also called gun-free zones a “catastrophe” and a “feeding frenzy for sick people.”

What do you think? Email me at craig@craighuey.com

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