On Houston’s Giant 50,000-watt KTRH: Shooting Blanks: Gun Control Push Misses Mark

In the weeks because the Uvalde college bloodbath, Democrats have repeatedly pushed for extra gun management, though most of their proposals don’t have any probability of turning into regulation. The Democrat-led House handed a invoice to boost the authorized age for buying sure weapons to 21, and ban high-capacity magazines. President Biden even called for reinstating the federal assault weapons ban that was in place from 1994 to 2004.

But these actions had been little greater than political posturing. The House invoice handed narrowly alongside party strains, with no probability to advance within the evenly divided Senate the place it might want 60 votes to make it to the ground. As for Biden’s proposal to deliver again an assault weapons ban, it’d earn him some brownie factors with the left, however even most Democrats know that’s a complete non-starter.

What did emerge from the Senate was a bipartisan compromise legislative package that features enhanced background checks for gun purchasers below 21 and assist for state-level purple flag legal guidelines. But even that invoice is already being met with criticism from many Republicans, who see it as a cave to Democrats who wish to open the door to extra gun grabs. John Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, says these proposals are lacking the purpose. “Our numbers present 96 p.c of mass shootings hold occurring in locations the place civilians are banned from having weapons,” he tells KTRH. “These killers could also be loopy in some sense, however they’re not silly.”

“You don’t have to take my phrase for it,” he continues. “Read the manifesto of the Buffalo shooter, or learn the diaries for lots of the different killers.”

Lott believes the main target must be on higher safety and extra defensive weapons on campus. “Out of hundreds of faculties, not one single college the place they’ve had armed academics and employees has had an assault the place anyone’s been wounded or killed,” he says.

As for assault weapons bans and purple flag legal guidelines, Lott factors to the current mass grocery store capturing in Buffalo, New York. “New York has an assault weapons ban that’s stricter than the unique federal one—and the man obtained the gun in New York,” he says. “New York has purple flag legal guidelines, they’ve background checks on the personal switch of weapons, they’ve the whole lot Democrats have talked about and extra.”

Corey Olson, “Shooting Blanks: Gun Control Push Misses Mark,” KTRH 740 AM, June 16, 2022.

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