Published DateTo the editor,
So now after months of full throated debates and super heated rhetoric, our politicians are pontificating about the necessity of keeping our 2nd Amendment intact. Democrats, liberals and other assorted progressives claim such talk is tantamount to conspiracy, "black helicopters" nonsense. Which is rather humorous when you think about it since they have been so busy micromanaging every aspect of the lives of citizens while putting the brakes on their freedoms and independence. You know, not so unlike "helicopter parents".
Getting back to that "black helicopter" distraction tactic by the progressive Democrats, let's just see how crazy, off the wall, it really is. Senator Diane Feinstein is on record as having said that if she had the votes, she would confiscate the guns right now. John Lott, an academician who was on the University of Chicago faculty with Barack Obama, offers the following insight about our president: While he was on the law faculty, he apparently expressed his opinion that he did not believe anyone has the right to own a gun. You don't suppose there are any other Democrats who privately express similar sentiments do you? It is pretty clear to many, including Ted Cruz, that this "gun control bill" was about assaulting the 2nd Amendment and had nothing to do with protecting our youth, and that is why it was defeated. President Obama pretends to be honoring the grieving of parents while selling their tears for political power and that is truly unconscionable.
Senator Ted Cruz reminds us about that which is often left unsaid about universal background checks. He reports the Department of Justice's take on this issue: "the only way you can have universal background checks work is to have a national, federal gun registry list of every firearm owned by every law abiding citizen". Ted assures us that this is clearly inconsistent with the 2nd Amendment. More ominously, he reminds us that historically this move has led to taxation, regulation and finally confiscation. We do need to revamp our mental health system which has been a critical component in these mass killings. However, a national registry where a bureaucrat could decide you can't have a gun because you once took a medication for anxiety or depression or were given a diagnosis of adjustment disorder so your insurance would pay for you to see a therapist, would be right up the alley of our "nanny statists" and their dream goal of firearm confiscation.
Here's a succinct query from Thomas Sowell directed at the anti-gun crowd: "since there is no compelling evidence that tighter gun control laws actually reduce crime rates, why are we being stampeded toward such laws after every shooting that gets media attention?" Thomas goes on to assert that "gun control has become one of those fact free crusades, based on assumptions, emotion and rhetoric".
This brings me to the elephant gun in the progressive room, where one might think the Democrats would rather play Donkey Kong while smoking a bong than bring to light that which they would prefer remain unspoken for all eternity. The CATO Institute estimates up to a hundred thousand defensive uses of guns per year. Untold lives are saved every year by trained, legal gun owners. The Democrats and their water-toting media mules only let you know about the small minority of cases where the defensive action failed. Also left unspoken is the numerous lives saved just because the criminal element left citizens alone cuz they knew they were packing heat.
President Obama had a real chance to make a difference in the lives of children after the sickening Sandy Hook murders. Instead, he chose to add to our gastrointestinal distress by using the deep, emotional turmoil of the grieving parents to attack the GOP and the NRA as he put forth a gun bill that would, more than likely, do absolutely nothing to prevent another massacre of school children. A bill that was almost 800 pages in length, the details of which he kept us all in the dark about, illuminating only his shameful, political posturing.
Kelly Ayotte has presented a plan that actually could make a difference in potentially saving the lives of children and getting criminals off of our streets. The "Protecting Communities and Preserving the 2nd Amendment Act", that she has sponsored along with Ted Cruz and Charles Grassley, would actually help law enforcement officers perform proper background checks, allow for harsher penalties for illegal gun activity, while increasing prosecution of gun crimes, and thereby offering a greater degree of security and safety in our schools. It is painfully clear to me that our dear leader is not really concerned about curbing human caused violence, but rather exacting political revenge by coercing grieving parents into believing they can make a difference by hitching their pain to his pandering train of power politics.
Yet, Kelly gets a "shame on you" from the likes of Bernadette Loesch, Lynn Rudmin Chong, James Veverka and the gang at Moveon.org, while our "Performer-in-Chief" gets yet another pass, even after his adolescent tantrum on national TV when he didn't get his way. Your actions in this matter have been sad, shameful and potentially deadly, Mr. President. Congratulations to Kelly Ayotte for taking positive action by offering real solutions in a transparent fashion and showing an ability to put the health of our schools and communities ahead of politics Now that's some real community organizing.