A new Johns Hopkins study surprised the investigators by showing sweeping California background check law had no effect on either homicides or suicides. The study compared homicide and suicide rates in California to 30 control states. https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/californias-background-check-law-had-no-impact-gun-deaths-johns-hopkins-study-finds?fbclid=IwAR0eRrxbPG-g8a57MhfyhrEylYmdqh6eu2x6fmyFp-h5ZqT3qcVmCqCOHao
The Obama administration didn't enforce gun laws that have already been put on the books to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons, gun laws that both sides of the debate seem to think are good.
It's long been against the law for convicted felons to buy guns, but the Obama administration prosecuted less than one in 1000 of convicted felons who lied on gun applications in an effort to obtain guns illegally. (The Bush administration before it prosecuted only about twice as many.) Arguably if they were doing a better job of enforcing the laws on the books already, they would have caught the multiple shooter in Texas before he started shooting.
The Obama administration also took 500,000 fugitives from justice off of the roles of people required to get background checks in order to purchase a gun, Making it much easier for accused felons to buy guns. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-15/obama-doj-ordered-500000-fugitives-deleted-background-check-database
The Obama administration handed guns to Mexican drug cartels in its fast and furious program. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATF_gunwalking_scandal
The Obama administration made legal bump stocks that convert a single fire gun into behavior like an automatic machine gun. https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2017/oct/06/national-rifle-association/nra-claim-obama-approved-bump-stocks/
given all this it's very hard to take pronouncements of Democrat politicians that they want gun control to prevent crime or mass killings at face value.
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