President Obama’s remarks this evening in Newtown CT in the wake of the terrible tragedy of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting began with a touching recitation of scripture, words offered to help heal the unspeakable heartache and grief of the parents and families of the 26 victims of that terrible crime. Of course, if one chooses not to remember that the mention of God was loudly booed several times by the convention floor during the Democratic convention this August, the President’s allusions to the Almighty seem somewhat less disingenuous.
President Obama spoke eloquently of the importance of children, and the central place they should have in the lives of their parents, and of parental responsibility in making them self-reliant and productive members of our society.
From there, however, the sadly predictable themes so prevalent in this Administration soon came to the fore. Raising and protecting children, instilling values and a sense of right and wrong is a community, nay, a national (read: government) responsibility. The perpetual advancing of collective responsibility. So much for self-reliance.
The most disturbing of our President’s words were these:
Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is the price of our freedom?
I will use whatever power this office holds to engage our citizens … to save another child or another parent or another town
Though he never says the words, it is clear that what the President meant was a push for additional, and likely highly restrictive gun control legislation. If such does not come in the form of legislation, it will likely be from his too-frequent rule by fiat of Executive Order. The premise for that legislation (or other action) is the emotional appeal in the aftermath of a tragedy that somehow more laws involving firearms will prevent a man such as Adam Lanza, bent on evil, from stealing firearms (because existing law prevented him from buying one), murdering his own mother, and then killing a classroom full of innocents. That the President makes such an appeal at this time, to forward a long-standing agenda of his, his AGs, and so many others in his circle of power, is nothing short of despicable.
Indeed, the usual suspects, Bloomberg, Menino, Feinstein, and the rest, wasted no time in politicizing a tragedy to appeal to raw emotion for the purpose of restricting the freedoms of the law-abiding. For our own good. In the name of safety. Protecting us from ourselves. Conveniently ignored are examples of such protection, places like Chicago and Washington DC, where legal gun ownership is all but impossible. Yet, there will be five HUNDRED murders by firearms in Chicago this year, mostly over the turf wars between gangs who deal drugs on nearly every corner of some neighborhoods. Drugs that are also illegal, not coincidentally.
Never mind that this was yet another sociopathic, sullen, drug-addled loner who lacked the self-control of a sane young adult, who acted on his violent impulses without thought for who was harmed. Just as Klebold and Harris in Columbine, Loughner in Tucson, and Holmes in Aurora. None was a spontaneous act, but all were planned carefully by people with the intent to murder. Yet, we are told, the guns are the problem. Timothy McVeigh, by the way, killed 19 children among his 168 victims in Oklahoma City, without a shot being fired.
Obama’s assertion that our freedoms MUST be curtailed to make our children safe should be met with extreme skepticism and suspicion. Those who seek to take the freedom of law abiding citizens under the auspices of protecting them, but with the real goal of increasing government power and authority, represent an infinitely greater threat to our and our children’s long-term well-being than the asocial and bloodthirsty madman who disregards laws and morals in his desire to perpetrate evil and to kill.
Should Obama and Holder and Feinstein and Schumer and the like get their way, our Second Amendment rights will vanish. Law-abiding gun owners will find themselves more than just demonized, but actual criminals, for owning the firearms that our Founding Fathers and our Constitution once guaranteed. Yet, tragedies like Sandy Hook, and Aurora, and Columbine, and the bloody streets of Chicago and DC, will continue apace. The criminals and the sociopaths will not be affected by a single law or ordinance. But the American people will. By a government ever-growing in its authority and its intrusion into private lives.
Those who would take our guns and our freedoms with emotional appeals to our safety and that of our children know full well that such measures are merely window dressing. While those who suffered the tragedy and the heartbreak of Sandy Hook deserve our prayers and support, the attempt to parlay such a terrible crime into a calculated program to further the anti-gun agenda (with the enthusiastic support of a complicit and compliant media) is a disturbing and dangerous, but eminently calculable, action by a President and an Administration that has little respect for individual liberty, and even less for our Constitution and its safeguards.
We will see, in the coming weeks and months, gun owners and Second Amendment supporters demonized and ridiculed. By Democratic politicians, media personalities, gun control advocates, so many of the same who cannot possibly explain Chicago or DC, or the abject failure of taking guns out of the hands of criminals by disarming the law-abiding. We will hear even more about collective responsibility and collective guilt. Guns, not the criminals, are the problem. Not just the ones used in a crime, but mine and yours. We will hear ad nauseum that we, the gun owners, are collectively responsible for the evil that is perpetrated by those who cannot live by the rules of civil society, and that the solution is to disarm the innocent.
If Obama and Feinstein and their ilk have their way, we will be less free, and living under a more intrusive and authoritarian government. No children will be “saved”, and the freedom that was taken will prevent none of the tragedies we were told would be prevented. That loss of freedom, seized from us under knowingly false pretense, will be a tragedy much larger than any we can imagine. And it will be one we will never be allowed to mourn.
Yes, in case you are curious, the Clinton Assault Weapons Ban was in effect when the Columbine tragedy happened. It failed to prevent evil intent by drug-abusing sociopathic monsters. A point that is conveniently lost by Feinstein, Schumer, Durbin, et. al.