After a recent spat of terrorist attacks in the European Union, many are grappling with one question: Why didn’t Europe’s strict gun control keep guns out of the hands of dangerous extremists? The many restrictions and outright bans on firearms have not prevented terrorists and criminals alike from obtaining them.
President Obama made a BuzzFeed video (actually a promotion for Obamacare) that has been viewed more than 22 million times. Many have pointed out that the video itself is very silly and unbecoming of a sitting president, who makes himself look like an idiot by playing around with a “selfie” stick.
While speaking at an overwhelmingly wealthy, white audience at the Aspen Institute, former New York City mayor and leading gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg expressed his desire to see young minorities stripped of their gun rights. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Everytown USA funder reportedly believes male minorities between the ages of 15 and 25 are responsible for most murders. That’s why, he argued, cities need to take guns away from that group.
I went to the office of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF) in Alexandria, Virginia, last week to see what it’s like to be a police officer. The fund is a non-profit organization that provides financial and legal aid to police officers. It recently purchased one of the shooting simulators that police academies use to train cadets.
The idea was to run some reporters through the simulator to show them the sort of split-second decisions that police are sometimes forced to make, and how officers are trained to make them. It’s not a bad idea, resting as it does on the axiom that most Beltway reporters’ opinions on guns are inversely proportional to their experience with guns.