Posts Tagged ‘Gun control’

The Worst of Obama

October 3, 2015

The Oregon school shooting brought out the worst of president Obama. Once again, he let his emotions and political agenda override what should have been a presidential demeanor and compassion in time of tragedy. Instead, he wallowed in self-righteousness and lectured America during a press conference, ignorantly urging more politics over reasonable debate.

Before facts concerning the shooting were known, Obama quickly determined that guns were responsible and began inflaming the gun controversy just as he has inflamed racism at every opportunity. He knows exactly what he is doing because politics is the only tool in his toolbox and it is his answer for everything.

He urged everyone to follow his foolish lead and turn this shooting into a political issue, as if the media hadn’t already done so. Going even further, he advocated everyone become a one-issue voter and use his agenda on gun control as a sole basis for voting. One-issue voting, of course, neglects addressing the many failures of his administration (and the Democratic Party), something Obama has become expert at doing. It is a fatuous way to vote that should be discouraged.

And what, exactly, is Obama’s agenda on gun control? In his press conference, he revealed his agenda when he praised “countries like ours”, Australia and Great Britain, which “have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings”. They have confiscated guns in those countries; countries which are not “like ours” in that we have over 350 million guns in circulation. If it is “impossible” to round up and deport 10 million illegal immigrants, how do we confiscate 350 million guns?

Trying to further his point, Obama urged news organizations to compare gun deaths with deaths from terrorists in the country, an apples-to-oranges comparison. He could also compare gun deaths (approx. 30 per day) with drug deaths (approx. 120 per day), but that would highlight the senseless “progressive” push to legalize marijuana and other drugs – a political football he’d rather not toss around.

Having to go through another year of Obama’s brand of “leadership” is depressing enough. The thought of replacing him with a policy clone brings nightmares. We can do better, and we must.

David J. Hentosh

Putting the Cat Back in the Bag

April 10, 2013

Once the proverbial cat is out of the bag, it is next to impossible to get it back in. So it has been with laws. Once on the books, it has been very, very hard to get a law repealed unless, that is, repeal dovetails with the progressive agenda.

Colorado is set to erase the crime of adultery from its books in order to “keep the government out of people’s bedrooms” and because the law is “archaic”. It seems we are to ignore that the government has already been in our bedrooms forcing health insurers to pay for abortions and provide free contraception. As long as the government is watering-down morality, bedroom intrusion is acceptable.

The traditional family unit is no longer considered as important as self-gratification. Adultery, divorce, abortion, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, and open marriage have not only become acceptable, they are often being advocated. An entire generation has been raised with a low regard for the family unit and are left with no cornerstone for building the future.

Obamacare was passed hastily in order to satisfy Obama’s personal desire for universal health care. He did not read or understand the bill beforehand and didn’t care how damaging it could be as long as it was passed. Unfortunately, it will now be very difficult to get any of it changed or repealed. The common good was neglected in order to benefit 10% of the population – and there is no going back.

Gun control and immigration reform are the current cats being let out of the bag. Both require a serious and impartial analysis of consequences, but both will be handled by knee-jerk, emotional legislation instead. Years from now, there will be a lot of consternation as legislators try to repeal thE soon-to-be hastily passed laws. They will chase those cats for a long time but they will never get them back in the bag.

David J. Hentosh

The Never Ending Campaign

January 17, 2013

Obama is most comfortable on the campaign trail where reality can be ignored and his idealism can soar on lofty rhetoric designed to stir emotions rather than reason in crowds willing to believe every word. It is what he does best and theatrical campaign tactics remain a staple of his administration.

Every speech Obama delivers is in the form of a campaign stump speech. We saw this during his push for Obamacare when details of the heath care bill remained hidden behind numerous exaggerated benefits that, of course, have yet to materialize. The 2009 political theater he staged in the Rose Garden with doctors in lab coats was an embarrassment for the nation, but not for Obama. He was in his element.

Even now, after re-election and no longer courting votes, Obama can’t give up campaigning and political theater. He brought children to the signing of his 23 gun-related ‘executive orders’, using them as stage props to take the focus away from his arrogant forcing of legislation. Not only is this another embarrassing display, it is an insult to the intelligence of all. It is also indicative of how Obama looks down on the “masses” but, unfortunately, many remain willing to be treated as fools.

With re-election behind him, Obama is beginning to display more arrogance and less willingness to compromise. He no longer needs public approval in order to continue his “fundamental transformation” of America, but he does feel the need to campaign for it. Campaigning has been his most successful accomplishment and he can’t give it up.

Unfortunately, we will suffer through four more years of Obama’s campaigning before being subjected to another presidential campaign. Obama has succeeded in “transforming” politics into a never ending campaign. Do we really deserve this?

David J. Hentosh

Mental Illness vs. Guns

December 19, 2012

The simplest solution is to blame guns for the Sandy Hook tragedy and ignore the complex mental health issue that is behind such horrific events. Putting the spotlight on gun control advances an agenda steeped in idealistic, feel-good solutions, so it has become the political football du jour. This easy-way-out, politically-based approach is, and always has been, a failure.

The problem of abuse and neglect at long-term mental institutions was solved by closing them down and “mainstreaming” most patients into society. The advent of psychotherapeutic drugs helped rationalize this easy solution and it resulted in institutional neglect becoming society’s neglect of the mentally ill.

Legitimate concern for the mainstreamed mentally ill was solved by granting “rights”, a feel-good solution still popular today. Many of these “rights” protect them from getting treatment that they are too ill to recognize they need. Legally, these “rights” make it very difficult to force treatment or to get them off the streets where they may harm themselves or others. Too often, neither society nor the serious mentally ill end up protected by these “rights”.

It now seems that Adam Lanza’s mother was struggling against these rights. Reports say she was at her wit’s end, aware of her son’s escalating and out-of-control mental illness, and in the process of petitioning the court to have Adam committed. Adam knew this and had ample time to plan his insane protest.

It has become very difficult to get help for a mentally ill person who refuses help and many mothers across the country find themselves helplessly frustrated trying to do so. Many mentally ill self-medicate with illegal drugs, ending up homeless addicts getting treatment for addiction rather than for their root problem of mental illness. The system gets overwhelmed, the mentally ill deteriorate, and a time-bomb starts ticking.

The answer to this is not easily discernible, but it certainly is not gun control. Although better control of guns may be a legitimate issue to pursue, that bandwagon travels the wrong path to finding a solution to the complex problem of treating the mentally ill. The political issues must be replaced with people issues.

David J. Hentosh

Poisoning Football with Politics

December 4, 2012

In a recent article in the Washington Post, writer Erik Wemple not only lauded Bob Costas’ editorializing about gun control during a Sunday Night Football halftime show, he advocated more editorializing during games. He called NFL commentators “cowards” for sticking to analyzing the games (their job) rather than “addressing things that actually matter”.

This asinine idea of forcing politics into every nook and cranny of society and turning every issue into a political football is exactly why the country is paralyzed and unable to find common ground on many important issues. Politics poisons common sense, damaging everything it touches, and Wemple is advocating the poisoning of sports.

One need only look at abortion and gun control to see how politics, which always ends up highly partisan, destroyed common sense and rationality on two important and complex issues. The left refuses to entertain discussions about any limits on abortion while the right will not give an inch on any restrictions of the sale or ownership of guns. Consequently, having an abortion or owning a gun actually begins to become advocated rather than just allowed.

Common sense or common ground has been eliminated because these issues have become tenets defining a political stance. Taking the middle ground on either issue makes you a political heretic. There is to be no bending at all lest one’s political agenda appear weak, therefore, there can be no rational discussion.

If sports are, as Wemple readily admits, an escape, why wreck it? Politics has seeped into everything, poisoning the enjoyment of many things. Cable TV is saturated with political editorializing, networks inject it into weekly shows, radio shows are dedicated to it, and our kids bring it home from school. Escaping politics and the pressures of the world for a few hours is therapeutic.

Toss the coin, pass the chips, and let the games begin. We can all use a break from political opinions. Now, about those Eagles….

 

David J. Hentosh

It’s About Time

July 27, 2011

Uh, Oh. The administration is in trouble now.

CBS Evening News has turned it’s attention to “Fast and Furious,” the administration’s super sneaky plan to allow gun runners to get guns into Mexico so that the administration could prove how dangerous our gun laws are.

It seems to me it proves how dangerous this administration is, but whatever.

Anyway, after weeks of investigation by Darrell Issa and his Congressional Oversight Committee, CBS has finally caught on.

Look out. After years of looking the other way, the main stream media is going to attempt to do its job.

See the CBS story here.

aln

Guns On Trial – Again

January 12, 2011

Every time someone goes on a shooting rampage, guns become the defendant in the court of public opinion instead of the loon doing the shooting. There are rational arguments, both pro and con, concerning firearm laws and gun ownership, but some statistics indicate that outrage over guns may be more fueled by ideology than practical concerns of public safety.

In 2006, there were 30,896 deaths from firearms. This is further broken down to: Suicide 16,883; Homicide 12,791; Accident 642; Legal Intervention 360; Undetermined 220. If the suicide and legal intervention deaths are removed, there were 13,653 deaths from firearms that one could argue may have been prevented by stricter gun laws.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued statistics for the year 2007 showing that there were 14,406 alcoholic liver disease deaths and 23,199 alcohol-induced deaths, excluding accidents. Add to this the estimated 12,998 people killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes and the grand total of alcohol-related deaths for 2007 becomes 50,603.

Ignoring higher estimates concerning alcohol-related deaths (75,000 per year), the above statistics indicate that alcohol use is a considerably larger public safety issue than guns. If the enormous economical and social impact of alcohol abuse is considered, guns don’t come close to having the negative impact that alcohol has on our society. Yet, guns overshadow alcohol as a concern.

Since gun ownership is a hot ideological issue, it is subject to the hyperbole that has become a staple of all ideological arguments. Thus, we get Spike Lee pompously and erroneously declaring that “…the United States of America is the most violent country in the history of civilization” because it does not follow his personal opinion of gun ownership.

Forgetting for the moment that there is no reason to ask Spike Lee for his opinion on this, his inane statement sucks all credibility out of his argument. Zealous hyperbole never wins an argument; it only stops rational debate. There has been far too little rational debate over guns. In fact, there is far too little rational debate on all ideological issues; and far too many issues have been hijacked by ideology.

David J. Hentosh