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Obama Ignores the Rational Answer

By Michael Reagan · Jan. 16, 2013

What do Al Hunt of Bloomberg News, David Gregory of “Meet the Press” and President Obama have in common – besides their liberal politics?

They all send their kids to Sidwell Friends School.

With campuses in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Md., the highly selective private school is where the Clintons and the Gores sent their kids, along with Joe Biden's grandchildren.

It's also where the local 1 Percenters and the government-media elites who can afford to shell out about $32 grand a year send their children to be indoctrinated – excuse me, educated – and to be safe.

Unlike parents across America who are worrying about how to protect their school kids in the wake of the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., Sidwell parents spend their days worry-free.

Their children are better protected than the printing presses at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. And it's not because of the heavily armed Secret Service detail posted on campus to protect first-kids Sasha and Malia Obama.

It's because Sidwell Friends – a Quaker school, by the way – is defended by guards with loaded guns. In addition to the Secret Service with its Uzis and large ammo clips, Sidwell has its own security staff of 11.

I didn't hear President Obama mention Sidwell Friends' solution to school safety on Wednesday when he announced his sweeping plans to reduce gun violence by banning assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, instituting tougher gun-registration laws and taking steps to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

None of Obama's measures would have prevented the slaughter of innocents in Connecticut, but that's not the point. The point is pure politics and the president and his crew want to take full advantage of the Newtown shootings to advance their anti-gun agenda.

At his White House media extravaganza, the president used lawmakers, law enforcement officials and children as his props. The kids, drawn from across the U.S., had written letters to the president saying they were worried about gun violence and school safety. You can bet there were no Sidwell kids on stage with him.

While Washington's grandstanders and anti-gun nuts prepare to fire their latest round of ineffective, politically correct, feel-good federal laws at law-abiding gun owners, at least six states are preparing new legislation that will allow teachers to carry guns into schools or require several teachers in the building to be armed.

Putting guards with guns in places that need to be protected from bad guys or crazies is not a radical idea. It's perfectly sensible.

Politicians and celebrities use armed bodyguards all the time. We have armed guards in banks, jewelry stores and malls. After 9/11 we armed airline pilots and armed federal marshals posing as passengers.

Only politicians and hysterical celebrity dummies like Piers Morgan can't understand why making schools gun-free zones attracts mass-murders and reduces the chances that anyone with a gun will stop them to zero.

The president never thought of using Sidwell Friends as an example of how armed guards at schools can make them safer.

He was too busy trying to score points by attacking the NRA, dreaming up laws to further oppress law-abiding gun owners and making fun of the people who know the Second Amendment isn't about protecting duck hunters' rights, it's about the right of the people to protect themselves from their government.

Meanwhile, here in Los Angeles, the Catholic grade school where my daughter teaches didn't wait around for the president or Joe Biden to come up with complicated new laws to allegedly ensure the safety of their children.

The officials at my daughter's school decided for themselves the best way to make their campus safer. Taking a cue from the smart folks who run the Sidwell Friends School, they did a simple, effective and rational thing. They hired an armed guard.

Copyright ©2013 Michael Reagan


Tony in Texas said:

Obozo must practice Hitler's Mein Kampt, "as long as the government is percieved as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation." How low can he go?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Capt. Call in New Mexico said:

This President is an enemy of the United States of America! He cares not one whit about the victims and potential victims of criminals. He wants to be King, so he can order other people around, and force his twisted and demented views on the rest of us, who do not share his views. Obama is deliberately obscuring and clouding the issue, trying to make the 2nd Amendment to appear to protect hunters only. There are many anti-Christs out in the world, and he is one of them.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 5:52 PM

JAC in Texas said:

By the way, the Uzis used at Sidwell by the Secret Service are AUTOMATIC weapons and are actually real assault weapons. They are not SEMI-AUTOMATIC weapons, which Odickhead and his minions want to outlaw. None of the parents of the Sidwell students seem to have a problem with there being actual AUTOMATIC weapons in close proximity to their children.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Catherine Harmon in CO said:

My farther and uncle fought for this great country, and would be greatly disappointed by this president and what he is doing to a country they were willing to give their lives for, and so many men and women still do. They were from the best and strongest generation, please take a stand and do not let them down. We must stop being the silent majority.. God Bless America

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Qualified armed guards sounds prudent to me! There are armed guards on duty, at the New York stock Exchange-and the guns are loaded with more than 7 rounds ,each! Leftists love chipping away, at individual liberties, in the name of protekting US(A)! The K is for Karl Marx.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

It all comes down to the elites saying do as I say and not as I do. Your children are not as important as mine because I was educated at Harvard, Yale, or Columbia and someday my children will carry on my Marxist ideas. That is why it is alright to have armed guards at my chlld's school but your child doesn't need protection because he/she will never be leaders. Spineless, mean-spirited, hypocritical, lying POS liberal idiots with no common sense.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Jim in Western NC said:

It would be less expensive and a great show of support for public education to send their children to the DC public schools. The other thing they each have in common is pushing government schools and the least amount of choice on the rest of us while opting for posh private schooling for their own children. Liberal hypocrisy has no bounds.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:19 PM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia said:

Things that do not work to reduce gun related violence

Gun Free Zones
Laws for the Lawless

Things that do work:

Armed Undercover Air Marshals
Concealed Carry Permits

Lets have more of the things that work...and less of the BS that doesn't.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

Israel has had administrators, teachers, parents and grandparents armed and trained in their school since the 70's. They have not had an incident in their schools since then. Could it be the camel jockeys and ragheads do not want to be shot. And remember these are trained fanatics. Why will it not work in our schools.

As far as other criminal safe and mad men safe zones hit them in the pocketbook. The mall in Cheyenne has signs posted on the entrance doors, "no weapons allowed". I informed several store managers that I will not be shopping there any more because I can't look after my wife's and my safety.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 12:37 AM

Pilgrim in Oregon said:

Why don't we let the liberals have their "pro-choice" school? Let them choose to send their kids to "gun free" schools and let everyone else go to schools where teachers or staff are allowed to be armed.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. said:

As the muslims gain more & more of a foothold here in the U.S., we should all be preparing ourselves for the inevitable carnage that their barbarian religion commands them to do, just as they have done & are doing in every country thoroughout the world in which they inhabit, or have EVER inhabited. WHY is this so hard for so many people to understand?
Whenever Islam is finally declared to be what it REALLY is.....a murderous thugocracy, we may have a chance to begin removing them from our country. If this does not happen soon, we will soon be seeing, and/or experiencing the same regular chaos & murder we see now in EVERY other country that has seen fit to allow them to reside there.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Tommy in Texas replied:

It's not hard, We've let one reside in Washington for 4 years, ,and not only that,but reelected him for another 4 years.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 8:08 PM