The shooting that left ten dead at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, is an example of how tough gun control in the United States will not necessarily mean that these types of violent events will stop happening, according to Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert.
“Colorado Colorado already has universal background checks, a red flag gun control law, large capacity magazine bans, domestic violence gun laws, an extended background check period, state database background checks, gun-free zones,” Boebert explained.
“There are no gun laws that would’ve stopped Ahmad Al-Issa from killing ten Americans in cold blood. Big government gun grabs are not the answer to the issue of violence in our nation,” she added.
Boebert justly happens to be a congresswoman from Colorado and became one of the top Republican leaders to advocate for gun carry. In fact, in November 2020, she asked the Capitol Police for permission to carry her gun on congressional grounds.
The Republican congresswoman is the founder and owner of Shooters Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, which advertises that its staff members carry firearms while serving customers.
Boebert criticizes Democrats for their efforts to restrict “law-abiding gun owners.” She asserts that a gun carry control is “the wrong answer to the scourge of mental illness and mass murder.”
“Sane, pro-gun Americans can help save lives,” Boebert told host Greg Kelly. “There are bad people doing bad things, and we need a way to protect ourselves, because we don’t know when they will act,” she added.
Boebert further cited data showing that “96 percent of mass public shootings occur in gun-free zones.”
Biden’s gun control plans
On Tuesday 23, President Joe Biden has asked the Congress to “immediately” pass measures to strengthen gun control. “We should ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines in this country,” he said.
Biden knows he has a Democratic majority in the Senate, but to pass such legislation he will need at least 10 Republicans to turn out in his favor.
During the election campaign, fear of greater controls by a Biden administration drove gun sales in the face of the possibility of opening the door to a bill limiting access to weapons.
According to Mark Oliva, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation-a trade group that tracks and analyzes gun sales-in 2020 sales hit a record high before Election Day.
Biden’s plan is to implement a law banning assault weapons, a situation that contradicts the theory that the more legal guns in circulation, the less violent crime there would be.
Studies have shown that limiting the use of guns is not directly proportional to the decrease in shootings, as research reveals that anyone who wishes to commit a crime will seek ways and means to do so.
Figures in the United States already showed in 2019 that the more legal guns there are, the less violent crimes are recorded. Official data indicated that violent crimes dropped by 48.6% in the country in the same period in which the record number of gun purchases was registered.