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Standing on the Graves of Sandy Hook
Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on 01/17/2013 1:54:34 AM PST by Kaslin

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: banglist; barackobama; children; demagoguery; democrats; guncontrol; newtown; obama; piersmorgan; sandyhook; secondamendment

1 posted on 01/17/2013 1:54:49 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Gun Free Zone = Target Rich Environment


2 posted on 01/17/2013 2:01:27 AM PST by Cololeo
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To: Kaslin; All

The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.” - Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf

“This is our first task as a society...keeping our children safe.” - Barack Obama

Enough said.

3 posted on 01/17/2013 2:03:24 AM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: patriot08

Indeed


4 posted on 01/17/2013 2:11:47 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: patriot08

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:Mein_Kampf


5 posted on 01/17/2013 2:22:53 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Kaslin; All
"I think about how when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us"

So sayeth the One, ******* defender of infanticide as a state senator!

6 posted on 01/17/2013 2:22:58 AM PST by newzjunkey (bah)
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To: patriot08

> “This is our first task as a society...keeping our children
> safe.” - Barack Obama

If that were true, there would be surveillance cameras and armed police or trained volunteers at every school.

You know, like the schools people like 0bamao and the media elites send their kids.

They are hypocritical liars and cynical tyrants.


7 posted on 01/17/2013 2:23:59 AM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Westbrook
The gubmint is not worried about handguns since they are primarily a close range weapon. On the other hand, someone with an “assault” type weapon can reach out and lay down heavy fire as need be when the SHTF. They want those damn assault weapons gone so they can over power the people when the time comes. You don't think it's coming? Guess again.
This isn't over by a long shot. (pardon the pun)
8 posted on 01/17/2013 2:59:10 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Kaslin

The parents went on Piers Morgan??? I would think given the horrible tragedy that was inflicted upon them, they’d have more things to do and think about than going on a cheap, exploitive tv chat show. But everyone needs their 15 minutes, I guess.


9 posted on 01/17/2013 3:36:17 AM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Kaslin
We should be able to have a rational conversation in this country about policies that could prevent another Sandy Hook.

No "solution" imaginable, could, absolutely, prevent another Sandy Hook - none. Banning outright the sale, manufacture or importation wouldn't do it, the only solution that would even come close is anathema to liberals and that is to arm every able bodied citizen.

10 posted on 01/17/2013 3:54:55 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: miss marmelstein

the grieving are easy to exploit

been there done that

3 years or 5 years from now when Piers and the rest of the left has moved on (assuming obama doesn’t make the Sandy Hook massacre a “day of service”) only then will those parents realize they and their dead children were pwned


11 posted on 01/17/2013 3:58:09 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: miss marmelstein

Two words: Tom Mauser.


12 posted on 01/17/2013 4:26:43 AM PST by real saxophonist
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To: Kaslin

13 posted on 01/17/2013 5:36:08 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Progov

14 posted on 01/17/2013 5:37:09 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee
You may or may not be able to use this:


15 posted on 01/17/2013 5:38:51 AM PST by real saxophonist
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To: real saxophonist

Thanks, I will!


16 posted on 01/17/2013 6:13:12 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Kaslin

Emotion appeals to the weakest who cannot THINK beyond their feelings, and this applies to a majority in our society. Until people are faced with a collapse of their little worlds, they will not grow up. Our Nation has become a nation of children who cower and need to be coddled in order to function. The Gene pool will reassert itself at some point in the distant future; it may be in a new civilization as the history of city and nation states show that the people become ruinous unto themselves left to their emotional state.


17 posted on 01/17/2013 6:23:11 AM PST by Jumper
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To: Kaslin
More like "dancing on the graves."
18 posted on 01/17/2013 7:04:50 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: patriot08
“This is our first task as a society...keeping our children safe.” - Barack Obama

Unless of course, they're small children...small enough to still be in the womb. In that case, it's the mother's choice.

19 posted on 01/17/2013 7:06:03 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: Travis McGee

Matt, the Murders in the USA by type of weapon is a wonderful graphic. I am posting it about. Excellent work.


20 posted on 01/17/2013 8:51:49 AM PST by marktwain
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To: Kaslin
Twenty seconds into this MSNBC news item, the facts of "assault" weapons come out after a "complex" investigation.

http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/50208495#50208495

21 posted on 01/17/2013 5:13:19 PM PST by Does so (Dims don't think ... they PLOT!)
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To: Kaslin
Is it possible that some mental health professional released him into the custody of his mother certifying that he was not a threat to himself or society?

I believe the doctor who certifies that a mental patient can be released and not hurt others or himself should be held accountable for the killings the released patient commits. Make the doctor's release of the patient from custody a true responsibility with accountability. Same goes for judges of the court.

22 posted on 01/17/2013 5:23:42 PM PST by Rapscallion
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To: marktwain
Thanks. Let me bomb this thread to make these handy:

Only bad people need guns

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3 psychos and 3 tyrants

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Nazis-Obama- AK-47s X4

Whats the problem with gun registration?

Pied Piper 1

Pied Piper 2

Shindler Best

China X4

Pistols Bitter Clingers / Nazis

Crime chart by weapon type:


23 posted on 01/17/2013 5:57:17 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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