President Obama recently made some disingenuous remarks that shed light on the thinking of those who think prohibitory laws actually work.
During an event in South Carolina, President Obama told students that he was disappointed that Congress refused to pass gun restrictions after the Sandy Hook elementary massacre.
He explained that he was still trying to do what he could to “crack down” on the availability of guns, but that it was difficult.
In some neighborhoods, he said, it was “easier for you to buy a firearm than it is to buy a book.”
“There are neighborhoods that it’s easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is to for you to buy a fresh vegetable,” he said. “As long as that’s the case than we’re going to continue to see unnecessary violence.”
Stripped of the obvious emotional contrast between that which is “evil” (guns) with that which is “good” (vegetables), what is he really saying? That there might be places where it is easier to buy a gun than a carrot? Well, if you live next to a gun or sporting goods store and the nearest grocery store is many blocks away, that would be true. But so what? How is that an indictment of anything?
And is it really “easier” to buy a handgun than a carrot? How? Not only are handguns a lot more expensive than vegetables, but there are forms to be filled out and signed under penalty of perjury, a criminal background check has to be passed, etc. None of that applies to vegetables.
Well, maybe to some vegetable products. Like marijuana, opium, peyote, etc. But never mind that. He obviously means “good” vegetables. The kind his wife Michelle thinks children should be eating. Besides, the “bad” kind of vegetable products are already highly illegal according to federal law. Naturally, that means that they can’t be sold anywhere, and of course, because the laws work, they are not. So no one in his right mind would say, “There are neighborhoods that it’s easier for you to buy a joint than it is to for you to buy a fresh vegetable.” Thank God we have laws preventing illegal drugs. If only the same could be true about guns.
Hey wait! I just thought of something else. When President Obama complains about how it’s “easier” to buy handguns than vegetables, might he be talking about illegal guns as opposed to those sold in stores by licensed dealers? If that is the case, how on earth are more laws going to work, any more than they have worked with drugs?
If I were a cynical person, I might even be inclined to think that he knows more laws haven’t worked and won’t work (because criminals don’t obey them), but he wants them anyway.