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May 10, 2013

Gun bill foes show courage, not cowardice

(Continued)

Obama has been flying the grief-stricken parents of the children who were killed around the country in Air Force One to serve as props for his demand that the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens be curtailed. He has never even tried to explain how his proposals would have prevented the Newtown tragedy or any number of other mass shootings — his posturing has been designed only to imply that anybody who disagrees with him is in favor of more dead “precious” children.

When an insufficient number of senators – including four Democrats – did not submit to his guilt trip, he accused his opponents of “lying” about the legislation. Which is interesting, because the president has been doing some lying of his own. He has declared more than once that an assault rifle has “one purpose” – to shoot as many bullets as quickly as possible. That is false. It is machine guns, not assault rifles, that are designed to shoot as many bullets as fast as possible.

Was he lying or just ignorant? I’ll go with the former – the president is not dumb.

What is most sad about all this is that the president’s professed concern about these parents will end as soon as they are no longer useful to him. Do you think he’s going to keep flying them around on his jet once the gun-control campaign is over?

His backers insist that all this is perfectly appropriate; that the president is only illustrating the “human cost” of bad, “unnecessary” guns.

I wonder what they would say if a president surrounded himself with victims of violence committed by illegal immigrants in a campaign to have all, otherwise law-abiding, illegals deported? I wonder what they would say of a president who, in an effort to put “reasonable restrictions” on abortion, showed photos of the babies born alive during abortion procedures conducted by Dr. Kermit Gosnell – now on trial for murder – who were then killed by having their spinal cords cut.

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