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Standing on the Graves of Sandy Hook

By Ben Shapiro · Jan. 17, 2013

Last week, I appeared on CNN's “Piers Morgan Tonight.” For the past few weeks, Morgan had been inviting gun rights defenders ranging from the reasonable to the nutty, and then slamming them by appealing to the memory of the children slain at Sandy Hook. And when I appeared with Morgan, that's precisely what I told him: “What you tend to do is you tend to demonize people who differ from you politically by standing on the graves of the children of Sandy Hook, saying they don't seem to care enough about the dead kids.” Morgan could only stammer, “How dare you!”

A few nights later, he invited me on again, specifically to stand once again on the graves of the children of Sandy Hook – only this time, he would bring the parents of those children to make the imagistic point. His counterargument to accusation was to prove the veracity of my accusation.

But that's all the left's got on issues ranging from gun control to the debt ceiling: appeals to emotion and to the supposed moral shortcomings of their opposition. It's not just Piers Morgan doing this. It's President Obama, who held a press conference on gun control flanked by small children who had written him letters about violence using guns, then trotted out the grief-stricken parents of one of the children who murdered at Sandy Hook. “[M]ost of all,” Obama intoned, “ I think about how when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now, for Grace, for the 25 other innocent children and devoted educators who had so much left to give; for the men and women in big cities and small towns who fall victims to senseless violence each and every day; for all the Americans who are counting on us to keep them safe from harm.”

Obama's implication is clear: disagree with him, and you are fine with what happened in Sandy Hook.

That's a vile, despicable Maury Povich tactic. It's daytime talk show material, not honest political discussion about how to solve the problem of murder by guns in the United States. Not one of the solutions Obama proposes would have stopped what happened in Sandy Hook. Adam Lanza would have passed a background check. Lanza was armed with two handguns, not just an AR-15. Limiting the number of rounds per magazine accomplishes nothing, since it takes less than three seconds for a relative amateur to change magazines.

But here's the dirty little secret: this isn't about preventing another Sandy Hook for the left. It is about political posturing. If the left really wanted to be true to its own philosophy, it would simply attempt to repeal the Second Amendment and go for a total British-style gun ban. The vast majority of murders committed with guns in the United States are committed with handguns. Yet the left insists that it wants to leave private handgun ownership in place, while targeting so-called “assault rifles.” That's not an attempt at a solution, even from the left. It's just preening for the cameras while pointing to the bodies of shooting victims.

We should be able to have a rational conversation in this country about policies that could prevent another Sandy Hook. Measures with regard to guns can be on the table – so long as the discussion recognizes the importance of the Second Amendment and balances the rights and responsibilities of owning a firearm. But the left doesn't want to have that discussion. They just want the warm glow of moral righteousness in their breasts, even as they invade the rights of law-abiding citizens while making children less safe than they otherwise would be.

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10 Comments

Rod in USA said:

BHO's supporters are the disciples of "shock TV" shows; They do not think with logic and reason. The liberals know this. They have no facts and logic to support their position so they rely on stoking the emotion.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 8:19 AM

tdrag in South Carolina said:

"That's a vile, despicable Maury Povich tactic. It's daytime talk show material, not honest political discussion about how to solve the problem of murder by guns in the United States."
Ben's statement is true however Obama's histrionics directly appeal to the low information voters who put him in office and then returned him for round 2. As the European editorial so correctly stated, the problem is not so much Obama as it is the voters who put him there. Now what do we do? First and foremost we defend the Constitution, especially the Second Amendment, by every method at our disposal. At the same time we back the people who are proven Conservative leaders, we get out and work for our country, and we vote. As flawed a candidate as Mitt Romney was, do you think he would be dancing on the graves of these children, acting to destroy the most important Amendment to the Constitution? I don't think so.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

I can't think of anything more despicable than a liberal Democrat unless its the registered Republicans who didn't bother to vote in the last election. For whatever reason they stayed home, they ensured Odumbo's re-election. We wouldn't be saddled with this administration for another 4 years and would have stopped the travel down the Socialist-Marxist road we are on. I hope they are proud of their choice to sit this one out because we are all in trouble with the incompetent bozo we have in the White House. Four more years or more of: "FORWARD" to insolvency and credit downrating.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 12:07 PM

sfj in Alabama replied:

Sarge, I had several so-called "conservatives" as friends who claimed the reason they didn't vote was because Romney was such a poor candidate (whatever that means). As you can see above, I said "had" not have. I don't speak to them anymore and consider them in the same catagory as the loons on the left.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 12:51 PM

sfj in Alabama said:

" I think about how when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now, for Grace, for the 25 other innocent children and devoted educators who had so much left to give" - What a bunch of BS! If these morons were concerned about children they would not support the murder of millions of innocent babies via abortion. Liars, scumbags, traitors and fools, that's all they are!

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM

JAC in Texas said:

"Obama's implication is clear: disagree with him, and you are fine with what happened in Sandy Hook." Don't forget--you're also a racist!

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Robert in NEW Mexico said:

The American people, and gun owners in particular, haven't forgotten the emotional reaction they had when the ATF and the FBI burned 20 children to death, among a bunch of adults, in the final day of the Waco standoff.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 5:56 PM

fred in oregon said:

young Ben has it figured out. it was fun watching Ben destroy Piers Morgan.however, nothing is going to change in our favor for a long time. probably not till blood is shed by obamas minions. perhaps when that awfull day comes, things will change. i dont think so, but maybe.
what i do know is this: resist, resist, hold fast to your liberty under all duress, and eventually we will win. if we give in,give up, we are guranteed to lose, so stand fast no matter what, even unto the grave.

Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

jksisco in irvine, ca said:

There is not one reason that any semi-automatic weapon should be banned. Obama and his like-minded news puppets are despicable. How dare they trot out victims of a lunatic, but remain silent about the choices of women to abort a million children a year.

Friday, January 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

I did not get a chance to read this yesterday. Great column. I can just see the teacher saying. "We don't like guns, do we .....let's write a letter to our dear President and tell him.....I will help you." These kids did not write these letters without help. BHO and his cronies are exactly like Jerry Springer, Piers Morgan, and Povich, anything for a news bite......keep those cameras rolling.....

Friday, January 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM