Air Date: October 8, 2015
Host: Jim Schneider
Guest: Alan Gottlieb
One week ago, tragedy struck at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, leaving 9 dead and the shooter himself. Reports have surfaced that the shooter asked about people’s religion. If they said they were Christian, they received a bullet through the head. Others were shot in the legs.
Jim encouraged listeners to continue to be in prayer for this community that continues to be in mourning for the families of the victims.
Like so many previous mass shootings, this one also happened in a gun-free zone. In light of this it’s been said that President Obama is preparing executive actions on gun control with even some hints of confiscation.
Joining Jim to discuss this issue was Alan Gottlieb. Alan is the Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. He has authored some twenty books including, ‘Shooting Blanks: Facts Don’t Matter to the Gun Ban Crowd’ and ‘Assault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Guns.’ He is also the publisher of TheGunMag.com and The Gottlieb-Tartaro Report.
What bothered Alan was the fact that there were still bodies on the floor and the President had no facts in front of him as he made his comments. He was supposedly pushing for a universal background check law but the shooter went through background checks every time he bought his firearms. The President also talked about banning assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons when the shooter used a handgun. In other words there was a definite disconnect between what the President was pushing for and the reality of what might have helped the situation.
President Obama uses phrases like ‘common sense gun control’ like they’ve passed in the United Kingdom and Australia. They’ve passed gun bans there and Alan doesn’t believe the American public looks at that as ‘common sense.’
Even the community of Roseburg seems to see the problem. Jim quoted the publisher of the Roseburg Beacon who was on television with Bill O’Reilly and said, ‘Now he wants to come to our community and stand on the corpse of our loved ones and make some kind of political point. It’s not going to be well received by our people, not by our families, not by our elected officials.’
So would the establishment of more gun laws prevent more mass shootings? Alan said we already have 22,500 laws on the books in the U.S. that restrict the right to be able to use firearms for self-defense, ownership, use and possession. As Alan put it, ‘What makes you think one more law is going to stop a crazed murderer from doing something like this?
Jim wondered what’s going on in the President’s home town of Chicago on this issue? After all, aren’t they pretty strict on gun control? Shouldn’t Chicago be a pretty safe city?
Alan responded by noting that the President ignores what happens in Chicago. He doesn’t talk about it. It destroys his narrative because they have strong gun control laws. There isn’t even one licensed gun dealer in the city limits that you can buy a gun from.
Do we have any indications as to what the President’s new actions will entail? Will they include gun confiscation? Find out when you review this edition of Crosstalk.
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