Skip to comments.Standing on the Graves of Sandy Hook
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.
Gun Free Zone = Target Rich Environment
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
So sayeth the One, ******* defender of infanticide as a state senator!
> 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.
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.
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.
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
Two words: Tom Mauser.
Thanks, I will!
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.
Unless of course, they're small children...small enough to still be in the womb. In that case, it's the mother's choice.
Matt, the Murders in the USA by type of weapon is a wonderful graphic. I am posting it about. Excellent work.