Monday, January 04, 2016
Graves: Obama making it easier for criminals, mentally ill to kill helpless Americans
President Obama is beginning his final year in office pushing for more gun control. It’s a battle the President has fought again and again, and one that Congress has rejected each time.
The President wants to make it harder for law-abiding Americans to buy and own guns. He wants to create a federal registry for gun ownership even though his Vice President admitted the federal government cannot effectively manage such a database. And he wants to ban the sale of firearms that hundreds of thousands of Americans already own.
But, in reality, all these executive actions would do is make it easier for criminals and the mentally ill to kill helpless, innocent Americans.
Prohibitions on the sale of new semi-automatic firearms are not going to prevent criminals from illegally obtaining guns that have already flooded the market. Expanding background checks isn’t going to stop radical Islamic terrorism. And, as we’ve seen too many times across this country, strengthening gun laws in public spaces only leaves good people vulnerable and unarmed.
All but one mass public shooting in this country in the past 65 years has taken place in areas where people are not legally allowed to carry guns. Whether it is a school, a shopping mall, or a city run by anti-gun politicians, gun free zones only help attract violent, crazy people to unarmed victims.
The President will sit down with CNN for a town hall this week, where he will repeat his case for more gun control and threaten to use executive action wherever he can. As your representative, please know that I will aggressively oppose the President as he seeks to limit the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding American people.