Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Oregon, Guns, and Obama
The Oregon massacre was bad enough. Barack Obama made it even worse. Before anything was known about the event, he got in front of the cameras to politicize the tragedy and blame it on the tool used by the killer. That would be like blaming the holocaust on gas chambers, 9/11 on box cutters, and ISIS on scimitars.
There is a "first law of Obama", much like there is a first law of physics: "for every negative event, there is a politically convenient scapegoat to attack, which is designed to rally the liberal base but solve nothing. " For Oregon it's guns.
Not only did Obama attack guns as the culprit, he also attacked the country he leads as being the only developed country that experiences such events. He must not consider England, France, Norway, Switzerland, Russia, Finland, Germany, or Canada developed.
He may really believe our legal right to own guns makes us more violent. He seems blissfully unaware that we've always had guns, but we didn't always have this kind of violence. He's also blissfully unaware that some of the highest homicide rates, 1000% higher than ours, are in Central American countries that have no 2nd amendment and very few guns. Countries like Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, and Mexico are some of the most violent in the world. Good thing Obama is not importing illegals from these countries. Oh wait, that's exactly what he's doing!
Look, I could talk about how Obama's disregard for life (ie: late term abortions) has contributed to a cheapening of the value of life and led to more violence, but that would be theoretical. What's not theoretical is that in Obama's first term, he and the Democrats had filibuster proof control of the entire government. They could have passed a total ban on guns if they wanted to. They did not, because even most Democrats know guns are not the problem.
The fact is we have some violent and insane people in our country, and their violence will not magically disappear if guns magically do. Ironically, the best way to minimize gun violence is to deregulate them. It is not a coincidence that killers like the Charleston guy, the Batman guy, the military base guys, and the school guys, all sought out gun-free zones to accomplish their evil.
Obama knows this, but sees a political opportunity. The damage that this cynical, petulant, arrogant, and divisive man is inflicting on our nation proceeds apace.
(This piece is a re-post of what I wrote after the Charleston shooting. I basically just changed the place-name to Oregon.)