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Obama Uses Newtown Speech to Tee Up Gun Control Fight

President Obama used an appearance in Newtown, Connecticut Sunday night to launch what is likely to be a major Democratic-led effort to limit gun rights.

Instead of using the remarks to comfort a grieving nation, Obama decided the widely seen appearance was a better forum for beginning a new anti-gun campaign that he believes will help reduce the chances for killings with firearms.

Anticipating the arguments of pro-Second Amendment advocates who will fight him, Obama suggested the amendment’s rationale that an armed citizenry guarantees freedom is outweighed by what he sees as a cost in lives, and that limits on gun rights are worth it even if it only helps a little.

We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society, but that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this.

If there’s even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that’s visited Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that, then surely we have an obligation to try.

In the coming weeks, I’ll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens, from law enforcement, to mental health professionals, to parents and educators, in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this, because what choice do we have? We can’t accept events like this as routine.

Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?

Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?

But during the last five years, while gun sales have risen dramatically, violent crime has steadily decreased, according to the FBI.

In a tactic that was honed to perfection by the Clinton administration to press for all kinds of new federal programs and regulations, Obama signalled that the coming crusade for stronger gun control measures will be framed as a way to help children.

The effort will put opponents of Obama’s agenda in the awkward position of seeming to be in opposition to children as well.

Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?

I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer’s no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change. Since I’ve been president, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings, fourth time we’ve hugged survivors, the fourth time we’ve consoled the families of victims.

And in between, there have been an endless series of deadly shootings across the country, almost daily reports of victims, many of them children, in small towns and in big cities all across America, victims whose — much of the time their only fault was being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.

Obama, who teared up yet again in discussing the tragedy, indicated that the issue is now personal for him, a sign he will wage the battle relentlessly and that gun control, largely ignored during his first term, will move straight to the top of his agenda. Polls show Americans by a solid majority favor leaving gun control laws as they are or weakening them, and a first trem drive by the president to restrict gun rights could have cost him valuable votes in swing states.

But with the election behind him, the gloves may be off.

Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?

I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer’s no. We’re not doing enough.

Speaking on Meet the Press, Sen Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she will introduce legislation to ban “assault weapons” and high capacity ammunition clips.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), one of Obama’s closest allies om Capitol Hill, indicated he might go further. “We need to sit down and have a quiet and calm conversation on the Second Amendment,” Durbin said.

63 Responses to Obama Uses Newtown Speech to Tee Up Gun Control Fight

        • My sympathies, Star. You know the saying, though. “It’s better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6″.

          Unfortunately, you’re robber’s next of kin will get a lawyer, who will legally get them a piece of everything the dearly departed failed to steal from you illegally if you drop him. They’ll come up with some “wrongful death” thing; parade a bunch of unlettered children thought the courtroom that may or may not be his (and he may or may not have ever even admitted parentage, let alone taken care of them); and play the jury until all your wordly goods are transferred to the next generation of criminals, and the woman or womEN who whelped them.

          Your case will turn on politics and emotions, and be heaviliy influenced by local sentiments and local politics. And you’re in DC? Crikey! Facts are basically irrelevant, so make sure you can put on a good show.

          Good luck, God bless, and get a good lawyer on retainer. I fear that you’ll need all three of these things, sooner or later…

    • The antidote to violence is called “self-defense”, and being able to defend the people, like children, who cannot defend themselves. After seeing the heartbreaking carnage in one of the most restrictive gun control states in the nation, to call for, or even suggest, even more defenselessness defies logic and the cold hard facts, yet it is perfectly consistent with the “president’s” across-the-board policy of doubling down on stupid:

      If the country is drowning in debt, spend more; if our enemies abroad threaten to destroy us or our allies, appease them; if mass murderers slaughter our children in our schools, disarm the defenders.

      The police can only do so much, and we are ultimately responsible for our own safety, and for the safety of those who cannot defend themselves.

  1. “Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?”

    We’re aborting them at a rate of 3500 per day in the US, with his blessing. Stunning hypocrisy.

    • My thoughts exactly. Had these children had been murdered in utero, he would have been all for it, would have celebrated it as an expression of someone’s “fundamental right.” As appalling as it is to spell it out, this is probably the only argument that could stop him in his tracks.

    • He doesn’t seem to mind letting infants die cold and alone, and legally restristing anyone from helping a child who somehow survives the murder attempt and is born alive and viable, either.

      ‘I am a Registered Nurse who has worked in the Labor & Delivery Department at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, for the past 5-1/2 years. Christ Hospital performs abortions during the second and even third trimesters of pregnancy.

      The abortion method being called into question that Christ Hospital and other Illinois hospitals practice is called “induced labor abortion.” This abortion technique sometimes results in infants being aborted alive. In the event that an infant is aborted alive at Christ Hospital, she or he is given no medical assessments or care whatsoever, but is left to die.

      The induced labor abortion procedure can be performed using a couple different medications, but the goal always is to cause a pregnant woman’s cervix to open so that she will deliver a premature baby who dies during the birth process or soon afterward. At Christ Hospital the physician inserts a medication called Cytotec into the mother’s birth canal next to the cervix. The cervix is the opening at the bottom of the uterus that normally stays closed until a mother is about 40 weeks pregnant and ready to deliver. But Cytotec irritates the cervix and stimulates it to open early. When this happens, the pre-term baby drops out of the uterus, sometimes alive.

      In the event that a baby is aborted alive at Christ Hospital, he or she is not given any medical care, but is rather given what my hospital calls “comfort care.” “Comfort care” is defined as keeping the baby warm in a blanket until the baby dies, although until recently even this was not always done. The baby is then offered to the parents to hold until he or she dies.

      If the parents do not want to hold their dying aborted baby, as is most often the case, it is left to nursing staff or support staff on the floor to hold the baby until he or she dies. And, until this past December, when staff did not have time or the desire to hold the baby, the baby was taken to our Soiled Utility Room and left there alone to die. Christ Hospital’s comfort care policy, #WHS492, only requires that live aborted babies be checked for signs of life once an hour, or “as needed in order to verify time of death.”

      It is not uncommon for a live aborted babies to linger for an hour or two or even longer. At Christ Hospital, one of these babies once lived for almost an entire eight-hour shift. Last year alone, of the 13 babies that I am aware of who were aborted at Christ Hospital, at least four lived between 1-1/2 to 3 hours, two boys and two girls. Christ Hospital says that it compassionately aborts babies with very serious mental or physical handicaps. But Christ Hospital will also abort for life or health of the mother. So at least two of the second-trimester babies who were aborted last year, for instance, were completely healthy.

      One night, a nursing coworker was taking an aborted Down’s Syndrome baby who was born alive to our Soiled Utility Room because his parents did not want to hold him, and she did not have time to hold him. I could not bear the thought of this suffering child dying alone in a Soiled Utility Room, so I cradled and rocked him for the 45 minutes that he lived. He was 21 to 22 weeks old, weighed about ½ pound, and was about 10 inches long. He was too weak to move very much, expending any energy he had — trying to breathe.

      Toward the end, he was so quiet that I couldn’t tell if he was still alive, unless I held him up to the light to see if his heart was still beating through his chest wall. After he was pronounced dead, we folded his little arms across his chest, wrapped him in a tiny shroud, and carried him to the hospital morgue where all of our dead patients are taken.

      Other coworkers have told me about incidences of live aborted babies whom they have cared for. A Support Associate told me about a live aborted baby who was left to die on the counter of the Soiled Utility Room, wrapped in a disposable towel. This baby was accidentally thrown into the garbage, and when they later were going through the trash to find the baby, the baby fell out of the towel and on to the floor. A nursing coworker told me about an incident she was involved in last spring that she said “I just can’t stop thinking about.” She participated in the abortion of a healthy 23-1/7 week baby who was given no medical assessments or care after delivery, but was allowed to languish for 2-1/2 hours until she died, even though she showed early signs of thriving.

      Just three weeks after this baby was aborted, another mother came to the hospital under similar circumstances, carrying an identically aged baby, and she was offered the same options. But she said that she wanted her baby. And so present at her delivery – because Christ Hospital is a Level III mother/baby care hospital — was a neonatologist, a pediatric resident, a pediatric nurse, and a respiratory therapist – all assigned specifically to take care of that little girl at delivery. And for the two days that I tracked her, that little girl lived. Christ Hospital is one of only 11 hospitals that the State of Illinois has designated as a level III perinatal institution — its highest ranking — which means that Christ Hospital is considered to have both the best equipment and the most highly trained medical personnel care for the sickest of the sick mothers and babies.

      Another nurse friend told me about the patient she was caring for who had chosen to abort her second trimester baby, having been told that the boy had gross internal and external fetal anomalies. When her baby was aborted alive, however, he looked fine. The mother became hysterical and screamed for someone to help her baby. A neonatologist was called over, but told the family that the baby had been born too early to help. The mother was so traumatized that she had to be tranquilized, and it was left to the grandparents to hold the little baby boy the ½ hour that he lived.

      Last July, I was asked to testify before the U. S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution regarding the babies I knew about who were aborted alive and left to die at Christ Hospital. Another nurse who worked at the hospital, but who has since moved to Virginia, Allison Baker, also agreed to testify. Allison described walking into the Soiled Utility Room on two separate occasions to find babies left naked on a scale and the metal counter. She told about the patient, that she herself had, who didn’t know that her aborted baby might be born alive, and after he was taken to the
      Soiled Utility Room she kept asking, “Is he dead yet? Is he dead yet?”’

      Yep, he loves the small children. The little, tiny children? Not so much.

  2. I listened to his speech and was actually expecting more political talk than there was. I am no fan of Obama. However, his speech was good. I felt better after I heard him talk.
    Now, I feel that many of the political groups are grasping at pro or con on gun control issues. Please let it rest. Can’t you instead report on the children, their families, positive things, anything other than the gunman or political agendas? Let the community mourn. Let them come together and support one another. You reporting on such things is not helping them or the the rest of the US come together. There is a time and place and neither are that right now!

    • Obama basically called for gun control in the speech. The POTUS. During a crises. If that doesn’t scare you … you’re not paying attention. He’s not coming together. He is going to use this, like he used those grieving families last night.

  3. “Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg”

    Killeen Texas?
    Fort Hood?

    I think there were 13 people killed there-maybe I am imagining things.

    dang it sucks he was re elected

    • Sure takes the heat out of Benghazi, doesn’t it?

      And does anyone else notice that the tears come from the rear corners of his eyes, and only when he presses a tissue there first?

    • “Consider yourself my Enemy Sir.” – Justice Kahlil Makaveli

      Only fair, he’s considered YOU to be HIS enemy for as long as he can remember. You’re an American, yes? Then you are his enemy.

  4. The one thing these killings have in common is that the murderers were mentally ill and that’s not something that can be fixed with a scrapping of our constitutional rights.

    The same regime that used Fast & Furious to arm citizens of a foriegn country that resulted in the death of at least one American and hundreds of Mexicans, that promotes the killing of unborn children, and sends drones to kill American citizens that have been accused of wrongdoing without a legal basis has no standing to disarm a peaceful population.

    • I am not to sure these murders are not staged and back by Obama administration to ramp up his sympathy for Gun control… I put nothing past this dog…

  5. As Rahm said a few years back, never let a serious crisis go to waste.
    I for one, still find it incomprehensible, given the focus on children, and parents, that the first lady, was not there. I guess there is a lot to packing to do for Hawaii.

    • Yesterday one of the liberal commentators remarked that gun sales have risen dramatically in the last few months, inferring that criminals are stocking up on weapons. What no one bothered to explain is the reason behind those gun sales – the fear that Obama would get a second term and terminate our Second Amendment rights.

      Newtown is the perfect storm. Evil has visited this small town twice in one week. First, the horrific massacre of innocents by a madman and, secondly, the presence of another type of madman who is hell-bent on killing our individual rights as defined in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. God help us all!

  6. Isn’t it great when a politician uses a memorial service to further an agenda. He wants to preach to us about gun control when Erick Holder loaded the cartels down with all the assault rifles they could carry. This so-called president has no shame.

  7. Because strict gun control has worked so well in Chicago, right mr. preezy? Concealed carry is the only measure that has shown to be a deterrent to violent crime in the states that have it.