Once again, Democrats are pushing radical gun control legislation in the wake of a deadly mass shooting in Colorado.
According to Breitbart, New York Times columnist David Brooks recently argued that the best and most effective solution to curbing gun violence across the country would be to reduce “the total number of guns” owned by Americans.
“The only way”
Brooks’ remarks on the hot political topic of the day came during an appearance on PBS’s NewsHour.
“The more I look at it, and I’m not alone in this, the more you conclude that the simple problem is we have too many guns in America,” Brook said, according to Breitbart. “There’s upwards of, some estimates, 350 million guns in this country. And so, when you get a lonely young man who’s detached and sociopathic, getting a gun for that person is not hard.”
Brooks went on to suggest that background checks and “assault weapon” bans are simply not enough to control gun violence, claiming that a more radical solution is necessary in order to stop the violence.
“And so, we spend a lot of time on these things like background checks and assault weapon bans, and that’s fine,” Brooks asserted, according to Breitbart. “But a lot of effort has been put into things that aren’t that effective. We just have to have a debate on how do we reduce the total number of guns in [the] country?”
The columnist added that “other countries have done this, Australia and others, through buybacks and other things. It’s obviously super difficult politically. But, to me, it’s the only way to have a meaningful difference,” he declared.
Brooks’ remarks came days after a 21-year-old man named Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa allegedly opened fire in a grocery store, in Boulder, Colorado, claiming 10 lives, including the life of a local police officer. A week before that tragic event, a mass shooting in the Atlanta, Georgia area claimed eight lives, according to The New York Times.
Democrats typically use mass shootings to renew calls for various kinds of gun control that are currently on the table in the halls of Congress. Right now, several gun control bills await a U.S. Senate vote, including a measure that would require universal background checks. One of the problems with the most recent shooting, however, is that it doesn’t exactly line up with the Democrats’ narrative.
Breitbart recently reported that Alissa passed a federal background check before purchasing the gun that he allegedly used in the Boulder grocery store shooting spree.
The outlet included in its report a rather long list of mass shootings in which the shooters obtained their weapons legitimately following all of the necessary background checks.
It is for that reason that some, like Brooks, are seemingly using the current opportunity to push more extremist ideas that fly directly in the face of the rights afforded to American citizens by the Second Amendment, like confiscating the guns of law-abiding citizens through politically acceptable means such as buyback programs. We can only hope Republicans in Washington won’t let it happen.