Monday, September 23, 2013

Obama Politicizes Navy Yard Memorial

Obama Politicizes Navy Yard Memorial
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
September 23, 2013

On what should have been an occasion of solemnity and the reminder of the fragility of life, Barack Obama, never being one to miss an opportunity, turned a memorial into a political speech and talking points for future anti-gun candidates.

While none of the military and administration speakers preceding Obama called for gun control during their eulogies, Obama connected the names of the victims with the demand for more gun laws at the Navy Yard memorial following the slaughter of a dozen innocent people Monday, September 16.

“If we really want to honor these 12 men and women, if we really want to be a country where we can go to work and go to school and walk our streets free from senseless violence without so many lives being stolen by a bullet from a gun, then we’re going to have to change,” said Obama, Sunday afternoon.

What Obama and the rest of the knee-jerk reactionary gun control crowd either fails to realize or is simply intentionally obtuse for political purposes, is that honest, law-abiding Americans are the ones affected by gun control laws. The United States does not need additional laws pertaining to the ownership and carrying of firearms. It needs to start by enforcing the laws already enacted.

Criminals, by their nature of being criminals, will continue to find ways to procure firearms and criminals are not impacted by potential restrictions to the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

In the case of this particular murderer, Aaron Alexis, 34, a former Navy Reservist and information technology contractor apparently wrestled with mental illness. Yet, he supposedly garnered his firearms legally. Where was the mental health system to stop Alexis from acquiring guns in the first place? Why didn’t his discharge record indicate a status that denied him the right to own a gun?

And if any law should be changed, it should be the repeal of a law signed by former President Bill Clinton denying employees on military bases or buildings like Fort Hood or the Navy Yard from carrying a firearm. In each case, where a dozen or more were slain, anyone with a firearm could have thwarted the murderer/terrorist from carrying out the heinous crimes perpetrated.

If history has taught us anything, it is that a well-armed citizenry has the ability to ward off the tyranny of a government swelled with unearned power. Those who would prefer to live in a world where guns are not accepted are free to do so – no doubt the local Starbucks will welcome you. For the rest of us who prefer to take personal responsibility for the protection of our families, homes, businesses, and property, the Second Amendment is still part of the Constitution.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

1 comment:

  1. We as American Citizens need to pull our head from the sand and realize that guns are not the problem. We are the problem. The way the American people act in response to act of tragedy with letting the Government tighten their noose is not the correct response.
    Every Citizen needs to know how to operate a firearm and how to disarm a firearm; it takes away the extreme fear of them. It is just cold metal; it is just a tool; to be used when we wish it.
    Also let the Government also restrict who buys firearms based on sanity? Who is to say who is sane enough to buy guns? Are you sane enough to buy a gun? Am I? I do not believe I would EVER vote for that piece of legislation to come into play. I would never trust the decisions of easy influenced Doctors (especially is the Government told them the more Citizens that can’t buy Guns the more your loans will lessen).
    So to surmise my statements I feel that our RIGHTS TO BEAR ARMS is more than just a joke about a “bear arms”, but in a right to defend ourselves against any and all that might wish us harm. The sooner that the American People pull their head from the sand the better.
    Jordan Lucas