On October 1st, 2015 President Obama spoke during a press briefing in regards to that days’ shooting tragedy at Umpqua Community College.
With the recent attacks in Paris in mind, let’s look back at some quotes from the speech he made that day:
- “We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings.”
- “It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun.”
- “The notion that gun laws don’t work…and that criminals will still get their guns is not borne out by the evidence.” (emphasis mine)
The president’s words fall flat looking at the carnage in Paris attacks, don’t they?
Not a day passed in Paris before the usual suspects started wailing about gun control. Former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg’s group “Moms Demand Action” tweeted: “We are united in mourning all lives lost due to gun violence”. No prayers going out to the dead, the injured and their families in Paris, just a tweet to show the world that only their broader point about gun control is paramount to them.
So, to the gun control advocates: a proposal. How about this.
The following firearms categories will be subjected to new regulations here in the United States:
Category A: Any firearm shorter than 47CM or semi-automatic with a removable magazine, any pump action and a capacity larger than three rounds (this includes handguns and pump-action shotguns).
Regulations for Category A are the following:
- Gun owner must possess a “sports shooting license”, which requires you be a paid member of a state regulated shooting club and practice at said club at least three times a year, see a doctor every year who will sign off that you are physically and mentally fit and capable to own and operate a firearm.
- Complete major paperwork and background checks.
- Ownership periods are three years after which you have to re-apply.
- Ownership can be revoked by local police for certain actions.
Category B: Any bolt-action rifle, lever rifle, lever gun or three-round limited, semi-automatic firearm with titling non-detachable magazine.
Regulations for Category B are the following:
- Gun owner must have a sports shooting license as required in Category “A” or a hunting license.
- Hunting license requires prospective owner to complete and pass a firearm theory and practice exam that will include subjects such as safety, firearm laws, huntable and protected species and questions on hunting dogs. This process will take approximately two weeks of studying and one full day of exams.
- Firearm must be declared to your local police precinct .
In addition, transporting your firearm will be restricted to the following: For those who are a sports shooter, you are limited to transporting it to either a gun range or a gun store. The firearm must be locked or disassembled. For the Hunter, you may carry only a Category B firearm during approved hunting periods and hours and must obtain and carry your hunting tags.
So, what do say, Moms Demand Action? Does the following proposal meet your wildest dreams of gun control utopia? Are you drooling in anticipation? If so, MOVE TO FRANCE. The above proposal is a short outline of the current gun control laws in place in Paris today.
Do you think that the vile, evil ISIS terrorists who slaughtered all those innocents in Paris were in possession of French sports shooting or hunting licenses? We know now that at least one was a recent Syrian refugee, so the answer is no, of course not. Not to mention that no citizen in any developed country can legally own a grenade.
With this in mind let’s revisit a quote from the President in his speech in Colorado “The notion that gun laws don’t work…. and criminals will still get their guns is not borne out by the evidence”.
Tell that to the families of the dead and injured in Paris.