Obama’s Anecdotal Tears Over Gun Violence

In a speech at the White House on Tuesday to advocate for even stronger gun control measures than the nation already employs, Obama shed a tear while speaking of the Sandy Hook Elementary School students who were mowed down by a deranged gunman in 2012.

 

The Sandy Hook shootings were a sad affair, indeed. So was the death of a friend’s 21 year-old son about ten years ago when he plowed his brand-new SUV into a telephone pole.

 

Obama unveiled a series of new executive actions designed to help curb firearm-related injuries and deaths in the United States, shedding a tear out of the outside corners of his eyes, which usually only occur when you squeeze your eyes shut…  The actions call for increased background checks, development of new gun safety technology, and local policing efforts designed to keep communities safe.

 

Out of the 30,000 gun-related deaths, he noted the four main causes:

 

Suicides

Domestic violence

Gang shootouts

Accidents

 

But according to the FBI, in 2012, 61 percent of all gun-related deaths in the United States were suicides. In 2013, 1.3 percent of all deaths in the country were related to firearms. Between 2010 and 2012, the number of firearm-related homicides had gone down from 11,078 in 2010 to 8,855 in 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave a higher number of 2013, with 11,208 deaths by homicide and nearly double the number – 21,175 – by suicide.

 

By contrast, traffic deaths in the United States jumped 14 percent in 2015. Between January and June of 2014 – a six-month period – nearly 19,000 people were killed as a result of motor vehicle accidents. If the next six months in 2014 prove to similar, that’s 48,000 deaths due to automobile accidents.

 

Will Obama urge greater background checks on drivers? Heavens – that would mean doing background checks on illegal aliens. We can’t have that, can we? Will he ban the purchase of certain automobiles?

 

According to a study by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, featured in the Jan. 30, 2015 issue of Newsweek, the most dangerous cars on the road are also the lightest, least expensive, and generally have the best gas mileage. These are the cars from 2009-2012:

 

  1. Kia Rio, 4-door
  2. Nissan Versa
  3. Hyundai Accent, 4-door
  4. Chevrolet Aveo
  5. Hyundai Accent, 2-door
  6. Chevrolet Camaro
  7. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew
  8. Honda Civic 2-door
  9. Nissan Versa hatchback
  10. Ford Focus

 

Newsweek said that “[T]he study took into account that some models have disproportionately high rates of young, male drivers — the riskiest group — and tried to compensate.”

 

The study looked at large-sales volume vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years. It found that the four-door versions of Kia Rio, Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent had the highest rates of driver deaths per 1 million registered vehicles. For the Rio, it was 149 deaths per 1 million over the study period, 2009 to 2012.

 

The government would like to take away our private vehicles and could certainly make a case with high traffic fatality statistics.  Instead, Obama cites climate change as the reason for sustainable development and the proscription of gasoline-powered automobiles.

 

The American public will never agree to such regulations. Such government overreach will take many millions of pounds of additional marijuana before the public will be brainwashed.  Before Americans allow the government to take away their cars, they will take to their guns, therefore Obama must find a way to remove our guns.

 

The Democrats of olde craftily released the mentally-ill from their state-run hospitals into the domain of the general public. By 1966, we had our first contemporary mass shooting at about the same time seat-belt regulations were being put into effect.

 

In the early morning hours of Aug. 1, 1966, 25 year-old engineering student and former U.S. Marine Charles Joseph Whitman murdered his wife and mother in their homes. Later that day, he brought a number of guns, including rifles, a shotgun, and handguns, to the campus of the University of Texas at Austin where, over an approximate 90 to 95 minute period, he killed 14 people and wounded 32 others in a mass shooting in and around the Tower. Whitman shot and killed three people inside the university’s tower and eleven others after firing at random from the 28th-floor observation deck of the Main Building. Whitman was shot and killed by Austin police officer Houston McCoy.

 

If suicides are the number one cause of gun-related deaths, followed by domestic violence (often fueled by mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse), how are Obama’s onerous regulations going to prevent these deaths? Gang-related gun deaths often involve already-illegally purchased weapons?  How are gun regulations going to prevent those deaths?  How will innocent civilians prevent themselves from becoming the victims of such violence, if they cannot themselves carry firearms?

 

Waiting for the police to come to their aid is useless; they’ll already be dead or injured.

 

Increasing background checks for mental illness should be a step in the right direction; it might have prevented the Newtown, Conn., shooting. However, can the government be trusted with such determinations of mental illness?  What will stop an Obama from lowering the bar on who can be considered mentally ill?  Families with mentally-ill members will be barred from self-protection.  Given the Sandy Hook case, an argument against such a preventive measure is hard to make.

 

Barring the mentally ill prevent the criminally insane from using guns to commit mass murder. But there are other ways for them to carry out mayhem.  Why are they permitted so much freedom?  Why are they permitted to “self-medicate” with barely any professional supervision?

 

The best way to prevent the carnage is to institutionalize the clinically dangerous and violent. Abused wives know that an order of protection is no guarantee of safety.  The insane tend to be notoriously obsessive about their missions.  A piece of paper will not stop a bullet.  Or a knife.  Or a club.  Or a piece of wire or rope.  One wife used her vehicle as a murder weapon, repeatedly running over her unfaithful spouse.

 

Obama is trying to illustrate a disconnect between gun deaths and vehicular deaths. Both are often self-inflicted, related to drug and alcohol abuse, and unpredictable.  Automobile ownership is not a constitutional right.  You can lose your license if you violate the rules often enough.  But auto accidents don’t constitute a wholesale abrogation of everyone’s right to own a car.  At least not yet.

 

Gun ownership is a Constitutional right. That right carries responsibilities.  Owners who misuse that right cause fewer deaths than the reckless driver.  Yet, Obama wants a wholesale ban on all gun ownership, using the deadly-looking AR-15 rifle (which is no more an automatic machine gun than your average BB-gun) to terrify Americans into surrendering their Second Amendment rights.

 

Are you willing to surrender your car, which is more likely to cause a death than a gun? Then you shouldn’t advocate a wholesale ban on gun ownership, even if you don’t own one yourself.  Obama isn’t aiming at mentally-ill gunmen; he’s aiming at the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

 

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