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Hillary Clinton’s Simple-Minded Gun Control Ideas

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By Jacob Sullum

After a gunman murdered nine people at a community college in Oregon last week, President Obama said the solution to such violence is obvious. “It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun,” he declared.

The problem is that we generally do not know a gun buyer “wants to inflict harm on other people” until he does it. That reality shows the folly of relying on background checks or psychiatric intervention to prevent mass shootings.

Obama did not mention any specific policy during his 13 minute speech. But his talk of making it harder for murderers to obtain weapons through legislation supported by “the majority of Americans” suggested he had in mind a law requiring background checks for private gun transfers, as well as sales by federally licensed dealers.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, embraced that solution this week, saying, “I’ll try in every way I can to get those guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.” If Congress does not act, Clinton said, she will try to broaden the background check requirement through an executive order.

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November 13, 2015 at 05:00

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