President Obama pretends to have the moral high ground when he says Americans are collectively responsible for the recent mass shooting in Oregon. But he's dead wrong. It was one crazed shooter targeting Christians. Furthermore, Obama's vague proposals are useless.
David Harsanyi makes the point quite nicely in The More You Politicize Guns, The Weaker Your Case Becomes:
For the liberal, every societal problem has a state-issued remedy waiting to be administered over the objections of a reactionary Republican. But just because you have a tremendous amount of emotion and frustration built up around a certain cause doesn’t make your favored legislation any more practical, effective or realistic. It doesn’t change the fact that owning a gun is a civil right, that the preponderance of owners are not criminals, or that there are 300 million guns out there. ...
But despite all the administration’s fearmongering, and as horrifying as any shooting is, gun violence has precipitously declined over the decades without any meaningful federal law being enacted. This likely tells us there are a number of other social currents driving this kind violence. The Left believes the number of guns is at fault, rather than social ills—since no person can be evil, only a victim. So the debate takes on the same old contours, and we focus on firearms and nothing else. That kind of political debate only makes it less likely that anything good will happen.
Gun owners' resolve only gets stronger.
By the way, remember Obama saying that this sort of thing doesn't happen in other advanced countries? Wrong again. 13 of the largest 20 school shootings occurred elsewhere.