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Editorial: Please, Mr. President: America needs gun control now




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January 23, 2013 | 1,653 views | 21 comments

The children have spoken. We must do something to stop more children from being shot.

President Barack Obama said it best: “While there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, ... if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try it.”

Wait a minute. ... Even if it doesn’t work, we have to try it? We have to do something? Doing something may make some people feel better, but this must be about more than feeling better.

We do need to be able to control who owns guns, because guns in the wrong hands can be dangerous. Some people, quite obviously, should never be allowed to own guns -- or knives or matches or hammers or box cutters -- for that matter.

Washington’s big push now is to at least ban assault rifles before the emotion wears off following the tragic killing of 26 people in an elementary school in Connecticut.

Unfortunately, the proposals coming from the Obama administration are aimed at exactly the wrong people, and most of those calling for gun control probably never have used guns, have not been trained in their proper handling, and don’t know an AK-47 from an AR-15.

In fact, some probably couldn’t tell a BB gun from a .22 rifle. Just consider that some school administrators could not even tell the difference between a real terroristic threat and a kindergartener pointing his finger at another kid in play.

Obviously then, these folks cannot be trusted to know the difference between an ordinary gun and an assault weapon. The weapon is not the problem, however. A gun, a hammer, a bat, a purse, or even your vehicle can be used as an assault weapon. It is not the weapon, but the person using the weapon that is the problem.

Thus all the brouhaha about “assault” rifles is nothing more than politically expedient terminology used to affect public opinion. Law-abiding citizens are the ones who will be affected by Obama’s “executive actions.”

When it comes down to it, gun control is more about controlling people than guns. People are unpredictable beings. The effort to control their behavior now extends to changing our laws, including the U.S. Constitution, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments, all of which have worked well for hundreds of years.

Looking at Obama’s elaborate pronouncement last week as he signed his 23 executive actions, designed to end the violence, he was listening to the kids. Yes, he said, this is what the children are saying in letters they wrote to him.

Obama was having an Amy Carter moment. (For the younger generation, President Jimmy Carter, in a debate, said that he had asked his daughter, Amy, age 13 at the time, what the most important issue of the campaign was. “Control of nuclear arms,” she said. Carter was ridiculed for having relied on the advice of a kid in determining national policy.

The children in Obama’s life, however, speak with great authority. They “do not want to die,” of course, so he is listening to their request to do something. The children have spoken, so the administration is asking us to use our hearts instead of our brains.

Listen to the children -- unless the children are playing cops and robbers using their hands as guns, in which case you suspend them from school and threaten jail time. If gun-control advocates had their way, it would leave only the lawbreakers, the military, and police with weapons.
 

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flying monkey  
runge  
January 29, 2013 8:24pm
 
silly people, this country was forged by the hot lead coming out of the business end of weapons, aimed to KILL the enemy, are we being hypocritical here?

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 26, 2013 5:23pm
 
Muse.....NBC vs Snopes.....Place your bet.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
January 26, 2013 4:19pm
 
Yaw, snopes is an accurate, unbiased source. You can go to the bank with what they tell ya.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 26, 2013 12:21pm
 
Flyguy......Snopes.com has a lengthy article on the Sandy Hook shooting about NBC and other reports.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 26, 2013 10:41am
 
Flyguy......Maybe you should have read the update on 15 December. Didn't it dawn on you that this report may be false in view of the fact that your purported facts would have caused a massive uproar on every network including ... More ›

 
Flyguy  
Adkins  
January 26, 2013 7:43am
 
Grouch - Pete Williams, Chief Justice Correspondent, Today Show NBC, reported the info I posted. Here's the link for you to see http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/50208495 - NBC was to air an update yesterday (25 Jan) but ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 25, 2013 6:30pm
 
Thank you...ditto! I have 2 guns I've never used. 1 is a shotgun that a fellow employee traded to me for a computer (got it for my Dad but he's never used it), and a 39 special that I bought brand new 16 years ago and have ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 25, 2013 4:56pm
 
4th.....I once saw three pictures of an individual and the first was a nice looking guy...that was what the guy thought he looked like......the second was what his loved ones thought he looked like....still presentable but ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 25, 2013 4:17pm
 
Hope i have held my age better than she has...she's looking a little bit frumpie these days.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 25, 2013 4:02pm
 
4th Generation Texan.....There you go again.... sounding like Hillary. :)

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