Christopher Merola

Now that President Obama has released his proposal for gun control in America, those of us who care about our constitutional liberties should reflect on what will happen if his policies become law. Among the proposals Obama is calling for are a ban on certain semi-automatic rifles and the limiting of ammunition to just ten rounds. This latest attempt at gun control is in response to the Newtown, Connecticut shootings, where a mentally disturbed young man, Adam Lanza, shot and killed his mother and more than 20 innocent people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

You would think that current gun laws failed to stop Adam Lanza from obtaining a firearm and that explains the reason for a new push for gun control laws. As it turns out, Lanza was turned down from buying a firearm when his background check revealed his mental state. Furthermore, Connecticut has one of the strongest gun control laws in the nation. In fact, Adam Lanza broke over 20 laws when he committed his crimes. It’s obvious that the laws did not stop the shooter as laws can’t change what’s in a person’s mind or heart.

There is significant evidence that Obama’s plans will have no effect on gun violence. A ban on certain semi-automatic weapons and the limiting of ammunition went into effect after President Bill Clinton advocated for such a policy in 1994. During the time the ban on semi-automatic weapons was law we endured school shootings in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Paducah, Kentucky and the infamous Columbine High School shootings in Columbine, Colorado. The Clinton gun law did not stop these crimes from occurring and neither will Obama’s gun ban if enacted.

Christopher Merola

Christopher Merola is the President of Red Momentum Strategies, LLC, a conservative political strategy and communications company in Washington, DC.