(Editor’s note: The following was syndicated with the permission of Alan Korwin, the author of the article. Mr. Korwin is the author of 14 books, has been invited by the U.S. Supreme Court twice to observe oral arguments and runs the website GunLaws.com. He is also a friend of GunsAmerica.)
The President’s impassioned Oregon speech, moving as it was, missed a key point that could lead to real progress on this terrible issue of mass murder.
The 16 black Americans shot and murdered in ghettos that same day, and the day before, tragically got no news coverage.
This is stunning, unmentioned — and those lives matter.
That black-lives gunfire atrocity is repeated, daily. And will remain true tomorrow when another 16 are murdered, but get no “coverage” — 6,000 per year.
The “Graph of Death” Mr. Obama asked for is already available here:
(with gut-wrenching explanation)
By focusing on an isolated “newsworthy” tragedy in one place, Mr. Obama unknowingly obscures the real issue, and does indeed politicize it — as he forthrightly admitted.
NOTE: Every action of this Oregon murderer is already 100% illegal — legal scholars know the call for new laws is superfluous and disingenuous. It is a political agenda that weakens support and the true effort to solve the problem.
The President made a repeated and critical mistake: New laws affecting all Americans will not affect the lone psychotics who commit these atrocities —
The medical community stands as the greatest obstacle in getting to the psychotics.
And the biggest ignored issue of all is: The existing background checks have stopped two million people from buying guns because they are known criminals or mentally unfit — and they are simply turned loose on the streets.
We have their names and addresses — and our government just sets them free, right after they try to buy guns.*
Mr. President, do something about that if you’re really serious.
Don’t try to pass something else, that you know and admit Congress and the public will resist. Act now.
If you want more common-sense solutions, call me.
The Uninvited Ombudsman
Author of ten books on gun law