Gun control advocates want to enact “universal background checks” for guns in response to the San Bernardino shooting, even though President Obama wasn’t performing stringent background checks on ISIS-linked “moderate rebels” he was arming in Syria.
The demand for more gun control is also strange considering that the shooting occurred in California, a state that already has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation, and the fact that Obama is letting “refugees” with terrorist ties into the country.
“In California, we have tough gun laws; I don’t know how these weapons [involved in the shooting] got where they were… we’ll find out,” Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said on the Senate floor Thursday. “And people say, well, we have these gun laws but look at this: we’ve had a 56% reduction in gun violence since 1993 in my great state because we have taken action.”
But the significant decline in violent crimes since the mid-1990s occurred all over the U.S., not just California, and that decline coincided with an increase in private gun ownership.
It’s also worth mentioning that the peak in violent crime during the early 90s was the result of the drug war fueled by the CIA importing cocaine into America’s inner cities to help fund the U.S.-backed Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
And let’s not forget that Paris, France, has stronger gun laws than California and yet ISIS militants still killed over 130 people in multiple terror attacks across the city on Nov. 13.
Despite all these facts, leftists are still pushing for more gun control, but when President Obama approved the re-arming of Syrian rebels affiliated with ISIS, he didn’t demand they undergo strict background checks and waiting periods before receiving their firearms.
In fact, the president armed the Syrian opposition on Oct. 1, the same day Obama suggested the U.S. should start banning guns after the Umpqua Community College shooting.
“The approval came at a National Security Council meeting…,” CNN reported. “…The President also emphasized to his team that the U.S. would continue to support the Syrian opposition as Russia enters the war-torn country.”
Virtually all of the rebels in Syria have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State since at least 2013.
“The Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Council, the vaunted bulwarks of the moderate opposition, only really exist in hotel lobbies and the minds of Western diplomats,” journalist Ben Reynolds wrote. “There is simply no real separation between ‘moderate’ rebel groups and hardline Salafists allied with al-Qaeda.”
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