Obama Exploits Dead Chidlren to Push Gun Control Agenda

The Obama administration and Democrats in Congress are launching a massive gun control campaign as the President begins his second term and a divided Capitol Hill returns to work.

Billed as a response to the Sandy Hook shootings in December, the campaign includes ten gun control bills that were introduced on the first day of the 113th Congress–none of which would have prevented the shootings from taking place.

In addition, Vice President Joe Biden is leading a working group that will recommend legislative changes to the nation’s gun laws by the end of January. The groups will also recommend steps that the executive branch might take on its own, without consulting Congress–a favored tactic of President Barack Obama, who prefers unilateral exertions of power to the give-and-take of negotiating with Congress and his political opposition.

(President Obama’s decision to delegate the legislative and regulatory work to someone else is also characteristic of his governing style. He delegated the writing of Obamacare legislation to Congress, left the recent “fiscal cliff” talks to his staff, and left oversight of the $862 billion stimulus to Vice President Biden. President Obama prefers speaking to negotiating, and campaigning to governing, using public pressure to achieve his goals.)

The National Rifle Association, thought to be one of the most powerful lobby groups in Washington, with dues-paying members in both parties, is already on the defensive. In December, NRA President Wayne LaPierre delivered a strident defense of the Second Amendment–one disrupted by Code Pink protesters, to whom the media paid great attention. LaPierre also called for armed guards to be placed in the nation’s schools.

Other defenders of gun ownership have called for stronger legislation regarding the mentally ill–specifically, laws that would make it easier to have disturbed individuals committed to mental institutions. Some have argued that Connecticut might have been able to prevent the Sandy Hook shooting had it not failed to pass such legislation earlier this year. Civil liberties groups such as the ACLU helped defeat the legislation.

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San Francisco high school senior suspended over grim poem about Conn. shooting

A senior at a San Francisco charter high school has been suspended indefinitely and faces possible expulsion for writing a poem, which school officials deemed disturbingly dark, about the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

According to SF Weekly, officials at Life Learning Academy were particularly rattled by these lines: “I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger. Why are we oppressed by a dysfunctional community of haters and blamers?”

Courtni Webb authored the alarming verse less than two weeks after a lone gunman killed 20 young children and six teachers at the Sandy Hook School.

Webb, 17, says the poem was merely a social commentary she wrote on her own time, reports KGO-TV. But a teacher found it in class and, after reading it, notified the principal.

“The meaning of the poem is just talking about society and how I understand why things like that incident happened,” Webb told KGO. “So it’s not like I’m agreeing with it, but that’s how the school made it seem.”

Bleak themes including suicide are part of Webb’s repertoire, she said, and the young bard has reportedly turned in similarly gloomy poems without consequences.

She compared herself to macabre novelist Stephen King.

“He writes weird stuff all the time. That doesn’t mean he’s going to do it or act it out,” said Webb, according to KGO.

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Cornel West: ‘No Tears’ for ‘Vanilla’ Sandy Hook

On Thursday, Cornel West shared his thoughts about the Sandy Hook massacre on Tavis Smiley’s radio show. West expressed frustration over the media’s willingness to demand gun control when violence occurs in suburban havens like Newtown, but largely ignore minority victims in urban areas.

“We can’t just shed tears for those on the vanilla side of town,” West said. “But it’s a good thing that we now have a discussion on gun control. We need one on drone control. Not a peep, not a mumbling word when black folk get shot,” West added. “But now, Newtown, Connecticut, vanilla side — low and behold we got a major conversation. That’s wonderful. Each life is precious, but it just upsets me when we’re so deferential.”

One is pressed to imagine what a conversation about gun control might look like in the context of inner city violence. Cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other big cities are home to two-thirds of all firearm homicides in the US. These cities also have the most restrictive and prohibitive firearm policies in the nation. What’s left to discuss?

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Nearly 200 Utah Teachers, School Workers Attend Free Concealed Weapons Class

Jessica Fiveash sees nothing wrong with arming teachers. She’s one herself, and learned Thursday how to safely use her 9 mm Ruger with a laser sight.

“If we have the ability to stop something, we should do it,” said the elementary school teacher, who along with nearly 200 other teachers in Utah took six hours of free gun training offered by the state’s leading gun lobby.

It is among the latest efforts to arm or train teachers to confront assailants after a gunman killed his mother and then went on a rampage through Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 20 children and six adults before killing himself.

In Ohio, a firearms group said it was launching a test program in tactical firearms training for 24 teachers. In Arizona, the attorney general is proposing a change to state law that would allow an educator in each school to carry a gun.

The moves to train teachers come after the National Rifle Association proposed placing an armed officer at each of the nation’s schools, though some schools already have police officers. Parents and educators have questioned how safe the proposal would keep kids and whether it would be economically feasible.

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Gun Control Actually Increases Gun Violence

The atrocity committed in Connecticut last week is still to me incomprehensible and ineffable. I can find no adequate words to express my grief for all of those affected by such an inhumane act. As the joys of anticipation of Christmas for those families were dashed and replaced with the profoundest grief at losing a loved one, especially the children, the weight of their sorrow has hung over all of us.

As a sentient people, we should be repulsed, angered, saddened, and outraged at such a heinous act. The challenge is to channel the emotions and the feelings that have distressed us, into actionable ways to address such violence. Our feelings and emotions instinctively call for reduction or elimination of the tool of choice for the perpetrator. Yet we must, when reaching for solutions, transcend our feelings, and reason through logically what is viable, what will work, and what won’t.

The immediate call for more gun control is instinctive, yet must be approached logically rather than emotionally, based on empirical data. And there is a lot of it available.

The city of Chicago currently has the most restrictive gun control laws on the books, has been declared a “gun free zone” where handguns are banned, yet it is the most bloody city in the world in terms of gun-related deaths. The city averages 40 deaths per month from guns, and is nearing 500 for the year. Chicago’s murder rate is 19.4 per 100,000, which is by far the highest rate in the nation, at nearly 3 times New York which is at 6, and nearly 2 ½ times Los Angeles’ 7.5. In fact, Chicago ranks as the number one deadliest Alpha city (significant urban center in the global economic system) on the planet. Since it is no longer possible to legally own guns within city limits, the only ones who still have them are criminals. It doesn’t appear gun control works for Chicago. In fact, the city illustrates how correct the aphorism is that if guns are outlawed, only the outlaws have guns. The law-abiding citizens do not.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC), in 2003 thoroughly analyzed fifty-one in-depth studies dealing with gun control. Those studies included everything from the effectiveness of gun bans to laws requiring gun locks. From their objective analysis, they “found no discernible effect on public safety by any of the measures we commonly think of as ‘gun control.’”

In 2005, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine conducted a similar analysis of extant gun laws across the country. They arrived at a similar conclusion, as the abstract for their research concludes, “that evidence for the effectiveness of a given firearms law on an outcome is insufficient.” After reviewing over fifty different gun control laws, and coming to the conclusion that their effectiveness on an outcome is “insufficient” is euphemism for “they had no discernible effect.”

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Gannett’s Journal-News in New York Defends Publishing Gun Permit Holders’ Names and Addresses

Here’s another entry for the “They can dish it out but can’t take it” file.

Jammie Wearing Fool is reporting, with supporting links, that Editor CynDee Royle at the Journal News headquartered in White Plains, New York, which on Saturday, as noted on Monday at NewsBusters, published an interactive map showing the names and address of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties, has taken down her Facebook page and made her Twitter account private (the latter may have been the case before the article was published). The paper has also recognized the outrage the published map cause, is offering a truly lame defense, and claims it didn’t get everything it wanted.

The Journal News/LoHud.com assailed for publishing map of gun permit holders

Thousands of people, many from outside Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, have taken to their computers and phones in rage after The Journal News posted an online database of local gun permit holders.

The database, legally obtained from the county clerks’ offices through a Freedom of Information Act request made after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and eight adults dead, [1] has been called irresponsible, dangerous and leaning toward intimidation by several online pundits.

… Hundreds of callers have complained, claiming publication of the database put their safety at risk or violated their privacy. Others claimed publication was illegal. Many of the callers were vitriolic and some threatened members of the newspaper staff. [2]

“New York residents have the right to own guns with a permit and they also have a right to access public information,” said Janet Hasson, president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group.

Robert Freeman, executive director of the state Committee on Open Govenment (sic) and an expert in the state’s Freedom of Information law, has said all government records and data are presumed public unless a specific statute bars their release. Names and addresses are specifically deemed public records, he said.

… This is not the first time The Journal News has been criticized for publishing information about gun permits. A similar story that ran in 2006 received similar responses, [3] although social media did not play as large a part in the spread of the story or of the complaints.

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White House petition: Deport CNN anchor

A petition has been started on the White House “We the People” website demanding British CNN host Piers Morgan be deported back to England.

Morgan has been an inflammatory voice in the nation’s debate over gun-control legislation since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which 27 people – including 20 young children – were killed, reportedly by Adam Lanza.

Outrage over Morgan’s pro-gun-control views began last week, when the host engaged in a heated debate with guest Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, on his “Piers Morgan Tonight” show.

“The argument I keep hearing is, ‘Well if everybody else was armed, it wouldn’t happen.’ It’s a load of total hogwash,” Morgan told Pratt. “How many more kids have to die, before you guys say, ‘We want less guns, not more?’”

But Morgan really raised eyebrows when, in the midst of a heated exchange, he turned on Pratt and said, “You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?”

Moments later he continued, “You don’t give a d— about the gun murder rate in America, do you? You don’t actually care.”

The next day, Morgan ruffled feathers again by responding to a Twitter message accusing him of being “gleeful” that the Sandy Hook tragedy happened to help advance his gun-control cause with a tweet of his own reading, “Of course I am, you moron.”

When the response was publicized, Morgan followed with another tweet calling his previous comment “obvious sarcasm.”

Apparently, however, some have had enough.

The petition to deport Morgan reads, “British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.”

The Hill reports Kurt Nimmo of Infowars.com fame started the petition.

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Michael (Fat Azz) Moore: Americans Buy Guns Because ‘We’re a Very Frightened People’

Controversial liberal filmmaker Michael Moore said on Thursday that many Americans purchase guns because “we’re a very frightened people” and stated that “fear is used to the point where everybody feels like they’ve got to have a gun in the house.”

Moore made the comments the day before his 10-year-old film, “Bowling for Columbine,” was to be aired on the liberal cable channel Current TV on Friday, one week after 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 adults and 6 children at the Shady Brook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., along with his mother and himself.

As noted by by Jeff Poor at the Daily Caller, the liberal activist said that gun ownership “cuts down to the heart of our race problem that we still haven’t resolved.”

“I think we’re a very frightened people,” Moore said. “I think we’ve been frightened ever since we landed on these shores.”

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