When questioned about the uptick in senseless killings that have taken place in Baltimore since the death of Freddie Gray, including nine murders over the holiday weekend, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest had this to say, “Obviously there’s some common sense things we could do – certainly passage of some gun safety laws in Congress that could keep guns out of the hands of criminals would be one thing that we could do to try to limit the violence.”
In the process of being sure to never miss a chance to blame Congress for something they didn’t do, Earnest missed a huge opportunity to connect with reality. It’s been well established that criminals don’t obey gun laws, or any laws at all for that matter. There is an overwhelming amount of data that supports the notion that keeping guns in the hands of law abiding citizens is a more useful way to lower crime than by disarming the entire population and letting the criminals hold all the guns.
The unique aspect of this particular situation is that liberal policies have rendered the “more guns, less crime” argument completely unnecessary. The gun control laws that Earnest and his ilk are calling for, already exist. In fact, Maryland has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.
Between the permits, finger prints, and restrictions, It’s nearly impossible to buy a gun in Maryland as it is. Martin O’Malley, who already has his fingerprints all over the chaos in Baltimore, signed one of the strictest gun control laws in the country two years ago. That action immediately provoked a lawsuit from the NRA.
The White House clearly understands that there is almost nothing more that can be done from a gun control standpoint short of banning guns all together. Maybe that’s their end game, but on the long list of factors that have contributed to the violence in Baltimore, gun control is at the bottom.