Obama: ‘Weapons of War Have No Place on Streets’

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President Barack Obama seeks to rally support from the public and law enforcement community for banning “assault weapons” and instituting universal background checks for gun buyers. Since the gun control legislation lacks support in the House of Representatives, the president has begun a public campaign — one that is almost completely devoid of facts and evidence.

Obama gave a speech in Minneapolis, where he gave the following appeal:

We shouldn’t stop there. We should restore the ban on military-style assault weapons and a 10-round limit for magazines. And that deserves a vote in Congress — because weapons of war have no place on our streets, or in our schools, or threatening our law enforcement officers. Our law enforcement officers should never be out-gunned on the streets.

Fully automatic and fire-selective weapons, true “weapons of war,” have been banned for decades. These are not the same as so-called “military style” semi-automatic weapons, which are used for effective home defense.

The president also acts as if there is a lack of studies on the effectiveness of gun control, which is patently untrue. The fact is that the truly rigorous studies on the issue, such as were conducted by Harvard professors Don Kates and Gary Mauser, and gun violence experts John Lott, Jr. and William M. Landes, show absolutely no correlation between gun control and reductions in violent crime or gun homicides.

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That is why the left is using the Newtown tragedy as a pretext for an emotion-based campaign to bully people into supporting gun control: it doesn’t want a reasoned debate on the matter and wants to erode Second Amendment rights. Every new encroachment by the state will be considered “reasonable” and part of a “balanced approach” — even as the Senate drafter of gun control legislation Dianne Feinstein once admitted that if it were politically possible, she would confiscate every citizen-owned gun in the United States.

Although the president speaks of a”consensus” emerging on what the Congress should do, a scientific poll estimates that 2/3 of registered firearms owners would defy a federal gun ban.

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