President Obama recently sat down for an interview with The New Republic where he discussed a myriad of topics, including gun control, with Franklin Foer:
F.F. Have you ever fired a gun?
B.O.: Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.
F.F.: The whole family?
B.O.: Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. And I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations. And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake.
Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas. And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were ten, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family’s traditions, you can see why you’d be pretty protective of that.
So it’s trying to bridge those gaps that I think is going to be part of the biggest task over the next several months. And that means that advocates of gun control have to do a little more listening than they do sometimes.
The president’s understanding of the “reality of guns in urban areas” versus “the realities of guns in rural areas” is really admirable. I mean after all, he does go skeet shooting “all the time”.
President Obama, here is some reality for you: You have let loose the loons on the left. Whether discussing gun control or school safety, common sense has gone out the window.
A few cases in point:
~State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadel, D-University City, Missouri, is sponsoring a bill that parents should be seeing red over. The American Thinker recently posted an article on SB 124, affectionately titled, The Missouri ‘Rat Your Kid Out or Rat Yourself Out’ Act:
This act requires a parent or guardian to notify a school district, or the governing body of a private or charter school, that he or she owns a firearm within 30 days of enrolling the child in school or becoming the owner of a firearm.
Violations of this act are a class A misdemeanor or, in the event of death or injury as a result of violating the act, a class C felony. Failure to notify the school leads to a $100 fine or, should the parent or guardian be found guilty of improperly storing and locking the firearm, a $1000 fine will be applicable.
Children forced to turn in their parents for *gasp* legally owning a gun? Yeah, right. How do you think that is going to go over with Missouri parents?
~In December, Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee suggested that a better way to protect schools would be to “outfit them with bullet-proof windows and mechanized metal walls and doors that would automatically close when trouble is detected.”
“I cannot, at this juncture believe that arming teachers…or that teachers would want to be armed…is going to be the answer for a place that is a refuge for learning, for creativity, for solace, for happiness for our children,” Jackson Lee said.
Tell me, how is sending our children to a fortified school every day going to encourage creativity and learning? I don’t necessarily agree that arming teachers is the answer, but an armed teacher seems much better than a prison camp…
In another news-related item, The Fontana Unified School District Police Department has purchased 14 AR-15 semi-automatic rifles to be used by police officers during a shooting or attack. Police Chief Rodney Jones stated, “The message we’re sending is…not here, not now, we’re prepared for you. And if you seek to harm our children, we will neutralize that threat and you will most likely be killed”. However, school board member Sophia Green disagrees with the school board decision saying, “It could encourage killers to come with something even bigger or better.”
Well, you have a point, Ms. Green–even though a tank would be hard to miss.
We read stories almost everyday of young children being suspended or expelled from school for having a paper gun, pointing their finger as if it were a gun, or for “threatening to shoot” someone with a non-existent soap bubble gun. And, don’t forget the poor child saddled with the name “Hunter” that teachers tried to coerce the parents into changing. Why? Because when using sign language to say the name “Hunter”, the fingers make a “gun” symbol.
Zero tolerance at its finest in our public school system.
Dear President Obama, as you encourage gun control advocates “to do a little more listening”, could you also encourage them to stop being so dumb and try to find a little common sense? You might have to sign an executive order bypassing Congress, but I know you can do it. You have already demonstrated that you have the power.
Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right…