Obama's Department of Justice is now building a domestic terrorism case against Robert Lewis Dear, the Planned Parenthood shooter. Yet when Major Hassan shot and killed 13 people at Fort Hood, the Obama administration classified that as "workplace violence." This administration's hypocrisy is always predictable, transparent, and infuriating.
The crime statistics show that most firearm-related deaths take place in minority communities. Blacks, while only 13% of the population, commit 53% of all murders nationwide. The majority of those deaths are by gang members, of gang members. And almost all of those murders are committed by handguns obtained illegally.
So the obvious first step in cutting down on gun deaths would be to get those illegal guns off the street. If the Obama administration were serious about cutting down on gun-related deaths, they'd encourage more stop and frisk by the police. But any commonsensical application of that policy -- meaning, applying it to high crime areas -- would mean more "racial profiling." So, of course, that's off the table.
What the Obama administration does instead is demonize police departments, and discourage them from the sort of aggressive police work it takes to cut down on crime. The end result is even more murders, especially in places like Baltimore and St. Louis, where the police have come under the harshest scrutiny.
So instead of cutting down on illegal guns, the President's highest priority is to tighten the restrictions on law-abiding rural dwellers and suburbanites -- you know, those bitter people who cling to their religion and their guns.
The idea that tightening restrictions for these people will somehow make the high murder rate in our inner cities go down is nonsense. It's a little like reacting to Islamic terrorism by saying, see, I told you we have to clamp down on those goddamn Catholics. (In fact, that pretty much is how our President reacted to San Bernadino.)
It's also a little like the unrelenting liberal focus on "assault rifles." Those have been used in a few high profile cases, like San Bernadino and Newtown and Aurora; but statistics show that year after year, they are only used in 1 to 2% of all murders. Handguns are the weapon of choice for most murderers, and stop and frisk is the answer.
If someone intends to kill -- whether he be a gang member or a jihadist or a lone loon like James Holmes -- the last thing he is going to be concerned about is violating a gun law. The only people who obey gun laws are people who have no intention of committing crimes.
And they're simply not the problem.
It's a little like declaring an area a "gun free zone." Law abiding people will honor that request, but to someone with murder on his mind, a silly sign like that is absolutely no deterrent.
Just as our silly President has been absolutely no deterrent to either gang-related crime or terrorism.