In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, Democrats flocked to the Sunday morning shows this week to tout harsher gun control laws, a move that came as no surprise — yet surprisingly might bring some results.
On “Fox News Sunday,” Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman incorrectly asserted that while no gun control law would completely prevent violence, harsher ones would help. “The stronger our gun control laws are, the fewer acts of violence, including mass violence, that will happen in our society,” the Senator said. Yet as Politifact reports, Florida has a 40-year-low in crime rates, a state where one million conceal and carry permits have been issued. And in Chicago, a city with incredibly strict gun regulations, gun violence has the city in a stranglehold.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke on NBC‘s “Meet the Press“ and falsely claimed that violence of this nature only happens in the U.S. “It’s so unbelievable. And it only happens in America,” he said. “And it happens again and again.” Yet on Friday in China — a country with very strict gun laws — a man slashed 22 children with a knife, revealing that it’s not the guns that are the problem.
Bloomberg also called for President Obama to lead on the topic of harsher gun control, specifically assault weapons.
“This should be his number one agenda,” the Mayor said. He added that though he respects the Second Amendment, the Founding Fathers could not have had assault weapons in mind when writing it.
The debate over gun control follows closely on the heels of any mass violence involving guns, but this time Democrats are revving up to fight for actual changes to gun restrictions.
While on “Meet the Press,” California Sen. Dianne Feinstein promised to introduce legislation to ban assault weapons. “It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation, and the possession,” she said. “Not retroactively, but perspectively. And it will ban the same for big clips, drums or strips of more than 10 bullets. So there will be a bill.”
Feinstein said the calls for an increase in gun carrying or more lenient gun laws are letting “the rights of the few overcome the safety of the majority.” Yet, the Second Amendment is a right for all Americans, not just a few. And so far, as Florida and Chicago have shown, there is little correlation between gun regulation and lower gun crime rates.
But Feinstein was optimistic that her future legislation would pass.
“You know, all of the things that society regulates, but we can’t touch guns? That’s wrong,” she said. (Feinstein is apparently oblivious to the fact that many Republicans would rather the government didn’t regulate many of the other aspects of society, too.)
But where does the regulation stop? Bloomberg already told people they can’t consume large sodas, effectively legislating what a ‘free’ American can and cannot consume. And with harsher gun restrictions, the government would again be infringing on Constitutional rights and freedoms.
Of course the government should do everything it can to stop massacres. But what’s next? Will the U.S. government ban knives as well? And what about homemade weapons such as bombs?