President Barack Obama and other gun control supporters have been using the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. While that shooting was certainly tragic and outrageous, pushing for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines will not prevent future incidents from happening.
Evan Todd, a survivor of the attack at Columbine High School, has written an open letter to President Obama via TheBlaze, asking how the gun control measures the White House is pushing today would prevent future attacks when they didn’t prevent Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold from killing 15 people on that horrible day in 1999.
“The evidence is very clear pertaining to the inadequacies of the assault weapons ban. It had little to no effect when it was in place from 1994 until 2004,” Todd wrote in the letter to President Obama. “It was during this time that I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher.”
He added, “The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something laws that they broke.”
While this particular policy is being pushed by the White House and Senate Democrats, the Department of Justice has recently stated that renewing the Assault Weapons Ban is “unlikely to have an impact on gun violence.”
On the issue of high-capacity magazines, Todd noted that there is no evidence that banning high-capacity magazine would prevent tragic shootings. In fact, as Todd writes, the lack of a high-capacity magazine didn’t prevent the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, which, by the way, is supposedly a “gun-free zone.”
Todd excoriated President Obama, explaining that his proposals “punish law-abiding American citizens and enable the murderers, thugs, and other lowlifes who wish to do harm to others.”
“These ideas are the worst possible initiatives if you seriously care about saving lives and also upholding your oath of office,” Todd pointedly stated. “There is no dictate, law, or regulation that will stop bad things from happening — and you know that. Yet you continue to push the rhetoric.”
Todd also pressed President Obama to repealed the Gun-Free Zone Act, a law passed in 1990 that prevents firearms from being carried on school campuses. Repealing this law, Todd explains, would the restore the right of self-defense to parents, teachers, and volunteers.