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On Using Parents of Murdered Children ^ | May 21, 2013 | Dennis Prager

Posted on 05/21/2013 5:59:18 AM PDT by Kaslin

The president appeared at many rallies on behalf of additional gun control laws with parents of children murdered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

I have a question for those who agree with the president's use of these suffering souls.

How would you react if a pro-death penalty president travelled across the country with parents of murdered children -- on behalf of capital punishment? After all, outside of strongly liberal locales, the great majority of parents whose children have been murdered support the death penalty for murder. And more than a few of these parents who do live in liberal areas feel similarly.

I recall a phone call to my radio show from a woman who told me that she had always been against capital punishment and therefore always disagreed with me on this issue.

But she was calling to tell me that she had changed her mind.

"And why have you changed your mind?" I asked.

"Because my brother was recently murdered," she responded.

Needless to say, I offered the woman my most heartfelt condolences. To have a loved one murdered adds intense anger to already intense grief. So I truly commiserated with her.

But I didn't end there. I told her (gently) that it was sad that it took the murder of her brother to come to realize the cosmic injustice of allowing all murderers to live and that capital punishment is a moral imperative. Why, I asked her, hadn't the tens of thousands of other people's brothers who were murdered not moved to her to support capital punishment?

She sorrowfully agreed.

So then, what if President George W. Bush had toured the country on behalf of capital punishment with this woman and with dozens of others whose loved ones had been murdered? How would those who support President Obama's appearances with Sandy Hook parents have reacted to that?

We all know the answer. The news media and the Democratic politicians that enthusiastically approved of President Obama's multiple appearances with Sandy Hook parents (including flying with the president on Air Force One) would have vehemently protested against President Bush's appearing with parents of murdered children in support of capital punishment.

Nevertheless, I am not arguing that President Obama necessarily did something wrong or irresponsible in appearing with Sandy Hook parents.

I am arguing two other things.

One is that the media and the Democratic Party are intellectually and morally dishonest when they approve of, and feature, Sandy Hook parents. The press and the Democrats would have relentlessly yelled "foul," "beyond the pale," "demagoguery" and "using human props" had George W. Bush done the same thing on behalf of the death penalty. And one can only imagine the vitriol if a Republican president were to travel with parents of murdered children who opposed further gun control.

Democrats and Republicans should always ask themselves how they would speak and act if the shoe were on the other foot.

My second argument is that there is nothing to be learned from the Sandy Hook parents' support of more gun control. That support is neither morally nor intellectually persuasive. Its appeal is entirely emotional. It may be understandable, but it is still sad that these parents have used the emotional pull that their horrific pain exerts on all of us and expended it entirely on expanding gun control measures that would have in no way prevented Adam Lanza, a sick and evil man, from taking their children's lives.

Had their child's murderer been committed to a psychiatric hospital, or (as absurd as it sounds to many Connecticut voters and to the editors of the New York Times) had he been an active member of a church community -- some of us believe that either or both of these would have had a considerably better chance than more gun control in preventing those murders.

Assuming, then, that neither the media nor the Democrats would complain if a Republican leader were to do on behalf of capital punishment what President Obama did on behalf of more gun control, one cannot argue that the president's use of Sandy Hook parents was inherently irresponsible.

Where the president indisputably crossed over into demagoguery was in his repeated implication that those Americans who oppose his gun control proposals care less than he does about these parents' pain and about the murder of children in general. That, to put it mildly, compromised the dignity of his office.

Ironically -- at least in the eyes of the president and his supporters -- those of us who want as many good people as possible to own guns (and therefore more likely able to stop those who are about to, or in the midst of committing, murder), and those of us who want to execute most murderers, hold these positions precisely because we do weep for the parents of murdered children.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; guncontroll; secondamendment

1 posted on 05/21/2013 5:59:18 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

That’s how the dems work it. Round-up the victims of whatever disaster is in vogue at the moment and use it to their advantage. The caring party, the concerned party, the “We are with you party”, It doesn’t matter who or what it is, they will use it for photo-ops, speeches and campaigning.

People are desperate for help and Simon Legree shows up tol end a helping hand.

2 posted on 05/21/2013 6:23:13 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: Kaslin

Now the full-blown diversion from the scandals by Obama and his media protectors begins:

President Obama to Speak on Oklahoma Disaster
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 07:02 AM

President Barack Obama will be meeting with his disaster response team, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, on Tuesday before delivering a statement on the devastating tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday.

3 posted on 05/21/2013 6:23:14 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Kaslin

By the end of today or tomorrow, Obama will be climbing on the bodies of the Oklahoma tornado dead to spout his usual slimy vileness, using the death of innocents to sow hate and blame.

4 posted on 05/21/2013 6:36:46 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Freebies, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: Iron Munro
You can bet on it

He is giving a statement right now. Late of course

5 posted on 05/21/2013 7:10:44 AM PDT 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: Kaslin
the cosmic injustice of allowing all murderers to live and that capital punishment is a moral imperative

This sentiment is great in theory, and I agree with it - in theory. The problem is that over zealous prosecutors, in a hurry to make a name so that they can move up the ladder, don't give a D@MN about innocence or guilt and put away innocent people. I'm not talking about how "everybody in prison didn't do it", or about "Free Mumia". I'm talking about instance after instance where prosecutors were unethical or didn't really care about guilt or innocence - they just wanted a conviction to get their names in the paper.

At this point, IMHO, the death penalty is just another government program gone bad.

6 posted on 05/21/2013 7:49:01 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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