When 140 Characters Isn't Enough
Politics: Instead of providing them the same armed security his children get, the president exploits children as stage props to repeal a Second Amendment they haven't been, and likely never will be, taught about.
The children who stood with President Obama Wednesday had the benefit of armed security, unlike the schools they'll return to. Their schools remain in zones that are gun-free, except for predators, as at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. They'll have no armed guards or teachers allowed to carry concealed protection, and none of Obama's 23 legislative proposals and executive actions will provide them.
One item proposes funding for 1,000 more "school resource officers" — counselors that will somehow thwart gun violence. But there was no proposal to ban gun-free zones that make children and others targets, or to have armed guards at schools like Sandy Hook, or one to give the teachers who gave their lives protecting students the right to have had a concealed weapon.
At Sandy Hook, 27-year-old teacher Victoria Soto hid students in a bathroom or closet and died trying to protect them from shooter Adam Lanza. If she, the principal or any of the other adults at the school had access to a firearm, things might have turned out differently.
The call for universal background checks, including at all gun shows, ignores that the guns Adam Lanza used at Sandy Hook were legally purchased and registered by his mother. A recent Department of Justice study found only 0.7% of guns were purchased at gun shows and only 20% of guns used in crimes were purchased anywhere.
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