The proposal, which comes at the end of a month-long review process, is broken down into four key components: law enforcement, the availability of dangerous firearms and ammunition, school safety, and mental health.
The cost of these proposals is a cool $500 million.
Here's the problem:
The president recommended requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales. He recommended reinstating the assault weapons ban. He recommended restoring a 10-round limit on ammunition and eliminating armor-piercing bullets.
None of those proposals would have in any way helped prevent the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The shooter didn't use an assault weapon. He didn't use extended-size clips. A background check wasn't going to prevent him from stealing the guns he wanted.
And what difference does it make if his bullets were armor-piercing or not?
Make no mistake — assault weapons have no place on our streets or in our homes. Neither do armor-piercing bullets or 50-shot clips. They're not necessary for recreational or competitive shooting.
But will banning these things help limit what type of weapons criminals or those with serious mental issues can get their hands on? Of course not.
Marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs are illegal in the United States. Does that mean criminals have a hard time getting their hands on them?
In the end, the only ones gun control laws hurt are the honest, law-abiding citizens who jump through all the bureaucratic hoops to own their guns legally.
We're all for the other aspects of Obama's plan, including the increased funding to help deal with those struggling with mental health issues.
After all, it's people with very severe issues who are the problem, not the tools they choose with which to carry out their misguided plans.
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