The President’s Response to the Oregon Shooting: Fact or Fiction?

On Thursday October 1st yet another community, this time Roseburg, Oregon, fell victim to a senseless act of violence when a mass shooter killed 9 and injured 7 students and faculty. Before the full story of events had even unfolded, the President took to the White House podium to call for an end to the violence through “common sense gun safety laws.” But what did he really say?

Within hours of the shooting at an Oregon community college, an obviously upset President Obama addressed the press and repeated his often-heard call for additional restrictions on gun ownership – now referred to as “common sense gun safety laws.” In doing so, he made several statements which sounded good, and appeared to strengthen his point, but which should cause anyone who follows the firearms debate some pause.

First, the President claimed that the reason these crimes continue to occur is because America is negligent in not following the lead of other “civilized nations” who have stricter gun control. “The United States of America is the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense gun-safety laws – even in the face of repeated mass killings.” Obama continued “We know other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of our, allies like Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours…”

Gun Control SignOf course, he failed to acknowledge that America is unlike any other advanced nation on Earth – we have a Constitution which grants the right to bear arms to ALL citizens. This is not pro-gun rhetoric, it is the repeated opinion of the United States Supreme Court. Furthermore, his claim that other nations have enacted “common-sense gun-safety laws” to prevent such events ignores the fact that none of these countries EVER provided the citizens the right to own private firearms without layer after layer of restriction. Very few of these restrictions were the result of gun safety, but instead rooted in hundreds of years of tyrannical rule.

Second, the President claimed that the repeated failure of his gun control measures was not the will of the people, but a misguided attempt by politicians  and special interest groups to stall what everyone else wants by stating that “the majority of Americans understand we should be changing these laws- including the majority of responsible law-abiding gun owners.” Obama continued “This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen…”

I, for one, was surprised to learn that the majority of Americans think the current laws should be changed. I honestly cannot believe anyone would even suggest, never mind outright state, that a majority of responsible gun owners support more restrictive gun laws – especially since the current administration’s idea of “common-sense” means expanding the “no gun zones” to YOUR home.

I suggest that what the majority of Americans, including gun owners, do want is common-sense enforcement of the current gun laws. Instead of threatening an otherwise law abiding mom who crosses a state line with a concealed weapon, apply that same effort to locking up and never letting out the repeat offender, career criminals who use illegal handguns time after time but continue to walk the streets. Rather than criminalizing legal gun owners who are the victim of theft for not “properly securing” their firearms, let’s try to hold accountable the thief who stole the guns in the first place!

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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2 thoughts on “The President’s Response to the Oregon Shooting: Fact or Fiction?

  1. We have enough gun control. What we need is idiot control!
    And yes, sometimes that extends to our government as well.

  2. Criminals will always be able to find a way to be a criminal. We the PEOPLE have a right to protect OURSELVES from such acts especially when law enforcement are unable to fully meet this expectation. They do try but in home invasions, well people should be able to protect themselves. This is just a ploy by the government to have full control, not for the safety of the people. At any point they can declare martial law & make our free nation a socialistic one if we allow such control. There already doing so with our Healthcare & trying to make it look like it will help our nation. Have you read the fine lines of obamacare executive order on pg 1504 of his Healthcare act? RFID microchips are passed & being experimented with, they have been for awhile. I work in Healthcare have been following this study for awhile. It’s in his Healthcare act. In the fine print & most wouldn’t understand what it’s for or purpose if they even comprehended it’s in there. It’s a form of control just as revising our gun laws until there is NO more rights. Maybe parents should take the time to know what there kids lives are about & also teach safety all the way around. I think if more kids new how to protect themselves, maybe a ignorant kid might think twice or better yet if the parent is actually involved in there child’s life as a positive influence maybe less senseless incidents would take place. I also worry about how much trust we the people of TODAY put trust in our corrupt & very disorganized & dysfunctional government. How do you know they aren’t putting people up to senseless acts to get gun control passed. Think that’s far fetched well maybe you should do real research on how advanced your government really is & wants you to turn a blind eye too. Your, Our government wants people to be blind & stupid so they can dwindle us from a string like puppets to control. I suggest entertaining all ideas of what our government can & would do if they had as much power & control as they want. Think they wont, no man’s /women’s mind, heart, or soul is pure enough to rule over another & this is why there’s a constitution set in place. They continually want to change our Constitution to benefit THEIR needs not the PEOPLE’S NEEDS!

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