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Obama and Gun Control

By Star Parker · Feb. 4, 2013

Difficulty in getting change in our country is an ongoing source of frustration. Particularly when we have huge problems facing us as we do today.

But the founders knew what they were doing setting up the checks and balances of our constitutional republic. The delicate arrangement we call freedom should never submit with ease to a charismatic demagogue or to an emotion filled crisis.

The current push for gun control is case and point. It is at a time like this that we should be grateful that changing our laws is hard to do.

Every normal and decent American wants to live in a country where we will never again see life lost as result of a weapon held and fired by some deranged individual.

If we knew how to prevent it from ever happening again, we all would sign off in a minute.

But we don't know. And that is the point.

Ironically, President Obama acknowledges that we don't know what causes the irrational violent incidents we have witnessed. It is the reason one part of the proposal he has put forth is to provide funding to the Centers for Disease Control to study the problem.

Yet, despite acknowledging lack of understanding about what drives gun violence, the president and Senator Dianne Feinstein do not hesitate to offer what they claim is a solution. They propose further controls on gun ownership that are deeply problematic in their intrusion on our freedoms and right to bear arms, guaranteed under the second amendment of our constitution.

Why are the president and Senator Feinstein so ready to compromise basic American freedoms with gun control measures, that already have a dubious record of success, to solve a problem that President Obama acknowledges we don't understand?

To the president's credit, in his remarks introducing his gun control initiative, he acknowledges that there may be cultural reasons that contribute to this sick, violent behavior.

But he defines the cultural parameters of what he chooses to look at in such narrow terms that you have to question his seriousness or sincerity.

The president said, “Congress should fund research into the effects that violent video games have on young minds.”

But why limit this discussion to video games?

Has the president walked by a local movie theater complex recently to see what is playing? How about the local fare on television? Or what about the content of rap music?

Can it possibly be that the disproportionate support that the Democratic Party gets from the entertainment industry - major sources of gratuitous violent media – gets them a pass from today's discussion?

President Obama outraised Mitt Romney five to one from the movie/TV/music industry.

This business was in the top ten sources of business funding for Senator Feinstein's re-election in 2012, with election funding sources showing these entertainment businesses didn't provide a dime to her Republican opponent.

What about other major themes in American culture today that contribute to a sense of meaningless and lack of respect for the sacredness of life?

Of course, I am talking about our indifference to the lives of unborn children, who are murdered in our country with impunity. Somehow those who want to intrude on gun ownership can live with the violence perpetrated on the unborn and have little interest in seeing its implications on violence in other areas of our society.

Another part of this discussion is about the mentally ill. Can President Obama or Senator Feinstein give us a good definition of mental illness and seriously tell us how this can be used to control gun ownership?

We have a serious problem on our hands, which demands serious discussion.

This discussion is not taking place and the gun control initiatives that have been put forward do not begin to justify the compromise of our basic freedoms, which they would require.

9 Comments

wjm in Colorado said:

We do have a problem with mental illness in America, and it can be summed up under one name: Democrat. Their quest for power and control is delusional, and they will use whatever means to get it.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Jsmith in Fredericksburg said:

I will believe Obama wants to eliminate guns "for the kids", when he signs an executive order banning abortions.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

READY4ACHANGE in ILLINOIS replied:

AMEN "J"!!!

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

I find Demorats so hypocritical. They whine and moan about innocent children being killed by guns but condone killing unborn babies by the millions. It must take a very warped mind to not see the hypocrisy in that stand. Odumbo and his minions are dead set on totally destroying the values that at one time made the USA the greatest nation on earth. Now we are being turned into just another third-world cesspool. I'm sorry to say it, but we can't depend on the Republicans in Congress to make any effort to stop Odumbo.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Tapdaddy in Indiana said:

"Can President Obama or Senator Feinstein give us a good definition of mental illness and seriously tell us how this can be used to control gun ownership?"
No, they can't but by the use of an all encompassing phrase such as assault weapon and terms like automatic and semi-automatic and large capacity
magazines a lot of weapons can be banned by passing only one law.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Capt. Call in New Mexico said:

"The president said, 'Congress should fund research into the effects that violent video games have on young minds.'"

No, that is exactly what the Congress MUST NOT do! The Federal Government has no business funding such research. The very last thing we need is another study, and it is UN-Constitutional for the Federal Government to fund such a study.

"To the President's credit.."
Obama deserves no credit whatsoever. He lies continually, so that he may deceive the people. What Obama means is opposite to what he said. He thoroughly intends to blame conservatives and Christianity for this problem.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 4:07 PM

billy396 in ohio replied:

I have to agree with your last statement. This President deserves ZERO credit due to his lack of respect for the Constitution, federal law, house rules, and states' rights. This administration has shown that they care NOTHING about any real solutions to the problems that face this country. Obama and his partners in crime only say and do things for purely political purposes, never concerning themselves with the negative effects that their decisions have on American citizens. This out of control federal government MUST be stopped, no matter what it takes. The United States was never meant to be a socialist country, and to change our society and destroy our personal freedoms in a quest for ultimate federal government control is a guarantee of turning us into another failed state.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

birth certifikate-foney, Personality disorder-Narcissistic, flawed ideology-govmint must konfiskate all private sektor wealth, mentors-Jeremiah wright and Saul Alinsky-radikal renegade reprobate!They r still trying to spend their way toward prosperity and Utopian fairy tales.

Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:56 PM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia said:

"If it would save one child" - End Gun Free Kill Zones!

The common denominator is not guns - it is crazy people in Gun Free Zones.

Mass shootings in a place with armed CWP civilians never become "Mass Shootings" - Like at Clakamas Mall in Portland the same week as Sandy Hook. We never heard about the guy with a gun that stopped that shooting just by being there!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 1:55 AM