Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Waxman, Gun Control, and Santa Monica City College

Never allowing a crisis to go to waste, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Santa Monica/South Bay) has demanded expanded gun control following the Santa Monica City College massacre, which killed six people and wounded many others. His disdain for the Second Amendment is not new, since he declared:

"If someone is so fearful that, that they're going to start using their weapons to protect their rights, makes me very nervous that these people have these weapons at all!"
The same Supreme Court which upheld ObamaCare also interpreted the Second Amendment for individuals to possess firearms. Following their ruling, Washington D.C. rescinded its hand-gun ban, with a declining murder rate to follow.
Gun control advocates like Waxman refuse to recognize that human reason alone cannot account for, let alone prevent, the evils in the world. An assault weapons ban under the Brady Bill, sponsored by US Senator Dianne Feinstein, hardly did a fine job of preventing gun crimes. Under the Obama Administration, Department of Justice Officials have been running guns to drug cartels instead of enforcing gun laws and prosecuting gun crimes. The failed Toomey-Manchin background check expansion would have created onerous regulations for law-abiding users, yet would not prevent criminals (or the criminally insane) from obtaining a gun. Such was the case at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Aurora, Colorado in 2012.

Armed security and greater discretion for mental health evaluations on college campuses (plus a renunciation of nanny-state measures, like banning toy guns) will foster safety and security in our communities.

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