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Don't Cry for Me, Gun Controller

Jan. 5, 2016

During his Tuesday press conference rolling out his over-hyped executive actions on guns, Barack Obama even shed a “tear” for the children. “Every time I think about those kids [killed at Sandy Hook Elementary], it gets me mad,” he said, wiping away a tear. “Our unalienable right to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness — those rights were stripped from college kids in Blacksburg and Santa Barbara,” Obama said. “And from high schoolers at Columbine. And from first graders in Newtown. First graders. And from every family who never imagined that their loved one would be taken by a bullet from a gun.” He continued, “We do have to feel a sense of urgency about it, because people are dying and the constant excuses for inaction no longer suffice.”

And to think, Obama once said, “Part of this job is also the theater of it” and that’s “not something that always comes naturally to me.” Please.

He then proceeded to introduce measures that would do absolutely nothing to reduce crime or so-called “gun violence.” He’ll target only the law-abiding, and he will likely continue the lax enforcement for which his administration has grown so infamous. Every American should be incensed when lives are taken senselessly, but also when craven politicians stand on the coffins of innocent victims to trumpet their preferred gun control policy. If Obama really wanted to save lives, he’d work with Congress to push for things like fewer “gun free zones,” which just happen to be where nearly every mass shooting takes place.

Instead, he lectured: “I believe in the Second Amendment. It’s there written on the paper. It guarantees a right to bear arms. No matter how many times people try to twist my words around, I taught constitutional law, [so] I know a little bit about this. I get it. But I also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment.” He’s just not interested in those ways. And the Constitution is far more than just a piece of paper, however much Obama seeks to shred it.

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