As Vice-President Biden went through the motions of meeting with pro-Constitutional second amendment advocates before meeting with President Obama to hamper legal gun ownership, a California student took a shotgun into Taft Union High School in Kern County and shot another student and a teacher.
The student who was shot is reported to be in stable, yet critical, condition. The teacher was only grazed and refused medical treatment.
A ban on, yet undefined, high capacity magazines would not have done anything in this case (as with any other) as the perpetrator had plenty of cartridges in his pockets. All this would do is cause shooters to carry more magazines and/or bullets, or to use pre-ban magazines.
Proving that banning guns doesn't work is the fact that guns are already banned from schools, yet there are thousands of guns recovered from law breakers in schools across America, not to mention the dozens of multi-victim school and workplace shootings.
Also disproving this is the fact that gun crimes have soared in the UK, where guns have been banned since 1997. The Daily Mail reported in December, that gun crimes have increased the past 4 years and is up 35% from 2011. The BBC reported, in 2001, that gun crime rose 40% in the 2 years following the gun ban.
Strict gun regulations actually cause more violence than they solve, as shown in the following anecdote from the Wall Street Journal this past December;
Great Britain and Australia, for example, suffered mass shootings in the 1980s and 1990s. Both countries had very stringent gun laws when they occurred. Nevertheless, both decided that even stricter control of guns was the answer. Their experiences can be instructive.
In 1987, Michael Ryan went on a shooting spree in his small town of Hungerford, England, killing 16 people (including his mother) and wounding another 14 before shooting himself. Since the public was unarmed—as were the police—Ryan wandered the streets for eight hours with two semiautomatic rifles and a handgun before anyone with a firearm was able to come to the rescue.
The body count in school shootings here in America prove this point. Being "Gun-Free Zones", no law abiding citizens inside these schools had a gun. This being the case, shooters who already decided to kill people (also illegal) don't bat an eyelash at the signs that tell them everyone inside is unarmed.
The 2 recent movie theater shootings also drive this point home.
With no one armed except the suspect in Aurora, Colorado, 70 people were shot and 12 died.
In San Antonio, one armed good guy (an off duty sheriff's deputy) stopped what would have been another multi-victim shooting after the perpetrator shot 1 person.
The shooter in San Antonio had already shot his girlfriend in an adjacent restaurant, where no one else was armed, and chased other patrons and employees into the movie theater intending to shoot them, too.
What this shows is that laws only apply to the law abiding. No amount of regulation or banning will stop a person who doesn't follow the law.
Biden stated previously that Obama will issue an Executive Order to implement gun policies that they know will not pass the legislature. The Supreme Court, under FDR appointee Hugo Black, opined in Youngstown Sheet & Tube, Co. v Sawyer;
"The President's power, if any, to issue the order must stem either from an act of Congress or from the Constitution itself."
Neither of these provisions apply in this case.
"In the framework of our Constitution, the President's power to see that the laws are faithfully executed refutes the idea that he is to be a lawmaker. The Constitution limits his functions in the lawmaking process to the recommending of laws he thinks wise and the vetoing of laws he thinks bad. And the Constitution is neither silent nor equivocal about who shall make laws which the President is to execute."
This is why the left is working to do away with the Constitution and do little to hide their contempt for it, or their willingness to ignore it.
Obama advised students at the University of Colorado-Denver in October 2011, "We can't wait for Congress to do its job, so where they won't act, I will."
He also refers to the Constitution as "...a charter of negative liberties, says what the states can't do to you, says what the federal government can't do to you, but it doesn't say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf," as reported by the American Thinker.
Georgetown University Professor Louis Michael Seidman recently blamed the problems of America on "our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions," in a New York Times op-ed.
Biden is no exception.
The NRA released a statement following the mockery of a task force information gathering meet, Thursday, supporting the opening portion of this article. The statement advised;
"We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment."
As with the entire Obama presidency, the ideological end game has already been determined and the rest is just show.