Just when you thought he couldn’t sink any lower, he exceeds your expectations. The photo of President Obama signing twenty-three executive orders sighted in on the Second Amendment demonstrates that this man and his party will use any means and anyone, including children, to further their agenda.
Purportedly, the children in the photo spontaneously wrote letters to Obama in favor of gun control. Maybe so, or maybe the letters were a class project initiated by some well meaning but clueless teacher.
The left is not interested in facts, and children are ignorant of them. Emotion is the currency of the left and children are especially vulnerable to manipulation. It is a fact that states that allow registered citizens to carry concealed weapons have lower crime rates than those that don’t. It is a fact that, “With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.” So said John Lott, author with William Landes of a 1999 study that found that mass shootings most often occur in places where guns are banned, such as shopping malls and schools.
It’s not as though outlawing guns, whether a certain kind or all guns, would stop people from killing other people. Chicago with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation also has one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation. So much for the argument that gun control keeps guns out of the hands of criminals or loonies.
Gutting the Second Amendment has been on the wish list of the radical left for decades. Now, with the tragedy at Sandy Hook, they have the opportunity and one of their own in the Oval Office.
So let’s cut to the chase. The effort to ban guns is only superficially about guns. Decreasing citizen’s ability for self-defense increases dependence on the state. An armed citizenry is able to defend themselves against all comers; criminals who seek to rob them or otherwise do them harm, the mentally ill whose reasons are often unfathomable, and last but not least, rapacious government.
The Bill of Rights was amended to the Constitution because members of the state ratifying conventions wanted assurance that government was prohibited from infringing upon the people’s liberty. The Bill of Rights, and most especially the Second Amendment, was intended as a protection against government itself.
No wonder the bigger-the-government-the-better left wants to be rid of it.