President Obama spoke to the nation yesterday and announced the steps he is taking on gun control. I applaud him mentioning mental health. That is the only chance, albeit a slim one, that we can stop some of these deranged people. I also applaud him for mentioning gang violence.
The real story was his executive order regarding the definition of a gun dealer. Although I’m no expert, it sounds like this will have very little impact. The attorney general said people selling only one or two guns might qualify as a dealer. My guess is that all this will accomplish little or nothing to reduce gun violence but instead hassle law-abiding citizens.
Some are wildly applauding this new policy and others are strongly denouncing it. I think both sides are missing the mark. This is less a policy and more a political stunt. If President Obama truly wanted gun control, he could have pushed it through when the Democrats controlled Congress. It is a nice issued to use against the Republicans whenever there is a mass shooting. I think it was done now to change the subject away from ISIS.
I understand some may not be happy with what I have to say today. I promise, that if you keep reading, you can cheer when I go after the other side.