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If the president is serious about curbing gun violence, this is what he needs to do.
On Sunday, gun rights groups boldly predicted that President Obama’s attempt to place further restrictions on “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines will fail in Congress. I hope they are right.
Gun rights groups on Sunday forecast that bids to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips would fail in Congress, as Vice President Joe Biden prepares this week to give President Barack Obama proposals to curb gun violence.
Even some congressional Democrats indicated that a bill to revive the U.S. assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 would have a difficult time winning passage in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic-led Senate.
“An assault weapons stand-alone ban – on just guns alone … in the political reality that we have today, will not go anywhere,” Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, himself a gun owner, told the CNN program “State of the Union.”
National Rifle Association President David Keene signaled little appetite for compromise as the White House considers action on gun violence after the December 14 massacre of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school.
“What we put the brakes on is anything that simply takes away a person’s Second Amendment right for no good reason,” Keene told the CNN show, referring to the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of the right to bear arms.
“The likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress,” Keene said. Asked about new limits on high-capacity ammunition clips, he added: “I don’t think ultimately they are going to get that either.”
Gun shows are a different matter in my book since I’m told that they don’t perform background checks at gun shows. Why that loophole exists is a mystery to me, and closing it doesn’t seem like too much to ask. The background checks that all of us have to endure when we purchase a rifle, shotgun, or pistol in a gun store may not be perfect, but they discourage known felons and people with a history of mental illness from attempting to buy guns.
That said, if the president is serious about curbing gun violence, I think he can get bipartisan support if he focuses his attention on these issues:
- Stiffen penalties for felons who try to obtain and/or possess weapons.
- Do more to make sure that people with mental problems have a difficult time obtaining weapons.
- Drop the useless phrase “assault weapon” since any weapon of any sort is a potential assault weapon in the wrong hands, even a baseball bat.
- Persuade his comrades in Hollywood to curtail the mindless and gratuitous gun violence that they peddle to the public. I’m sure they’ll listen to him — not. I suspect that it will take more than a friendly request from the president to effect change in Hollywood. They are liberal to a fault on almost every moral issue, especially the one pertaining to money. They love money more than everything else, and as Paul wrote to Timothy, the love of money is the root of all evil. Unfortunately, violence on the silver screen sells.
- Stop pretending that magazine capacity has anything to do with gun violence because it doesn’t. Criminal elements in the United States can obtain high capacity magazines and fully automatic weapons in which to use them as easily as buying police protection in Chicago or influencing the votes of corrupt members of Congress. Restricting magazine capacity will have no bearing whatsoever on criminals and thugs, but it will limit the options available to law-abiding citizens who may be forced to defend themselves from attacks by criminals and marauding bands of malcontents bent on destruction — people from whom President Obama curried favor in his bid for re-election.
- Introduce legislation that will make uniform concealed carry permits legal in all states. As things stand now, if you travel from state to state, you are taking a great risk if you carry a gun even if you have a concealed carry permit. In Massachusetts, for example, having a gun can land people like me in jail for 18 months because Massachusetts doesn’t recognize South Carolina concealed carry permits. That shouldn’t be a hard sell in the Bay State because they are determined to force the rest of us to accept their gay marriage laws even though they violate our laws and our sense of right and wrong.
- Drop the idiotic designation “Gun Free Zone.” Do the president and members of Congress honestly believe that criminals and mentally ill people are dissuaded from carrying guns into places that they know are supposed to be gun free? I hope not. The only people who respect that senseless restriction are the very same people that you want to have guns so they can confront criminals before they do too much damage. The rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School wouldn’t have been nearly as catastrophic as it was if someone nearby had had a gun and knew how to use it.
- The president should do something that causes law-abiding citizens to realize that he understands why we think that owning guns and ammunition at this time makes perfect sense. To be successful, he’ll need to demonstrate that he understands the connection between the potential for gun violence and endless deficit spending, unaffordable debt levels, and the welfare mentality. Law-abiding gun owners see the relationship even if he doesn’t, and they are preparing for what might and probably will happen if he and members of Congress don’t do their job.
President Obama may have won a second term as president, but he did absolutely nothing to allay the fears of roughly half of the population who see him as the principle enabler of elements in this country who are prone to violence if they don’t get things exactly their way. In fact, his campaign reinforced our belief that he is bound and determined to bring us to our knees in submission to him and his vision of what government ought to be.
Our fears are not irrational since it’s mathematically impossible for things to continue as they are indefinitely. The day is rapidly approaching when the random acts of violence that we dread will become reality unless the president and Congress act swiftly. When that day comes, we will need the weapons and magazines that the president is trying to demonize to defend ourselves and our families.
This SnyderTalk editorial first appeared in American Thinker.
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Ezekiel 41: 12-14
The building that was in front of the separate area at the side toward the west was seventy cubits wide; and the wall of the building was five cubits thick all around, and its length was ninety cubits. Then he measured the temple, a hundred cubits long; the separate area with the building and its walls were also a hundred cubits long. Also the width of the front of the temple and that of the separate areas along the east side totaled a hundred cubits.
- God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
- “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
- “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
- Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)
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Hosea 4: 6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Nadav Shragai: Protecting the Contiguity of Israel: The E-1 Area and the Link Between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim— The E-1 area is a part of the Israeli city of Maale Adumim, located immediately adjacent to Jerusalem. There is an E-1 construction plan that was devised in order to link Maale Adumim and its 36,000 residents to Jerusalem. Every Israeli prime minister since Yitzhak Rabin has supported the plan. The E-1 site covers an area of largely uninhabited, state-owned land.
Daniel S. Mariaschin: The Shadow of Conflict in Israel—What about the traumatized Israeli children who face incessant rocket attacks from Hamas terrorists in Gaza? The Washington Post’s Jan. 6 news article “In Gaza, a Childhood Shadowed by Conflict” devoted not a single word to the thousands of rockets and mortars Hamas has fired at Israelis since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2005.
Michael Rubin: Things the U.S. Should Do in the Middle East—If Obama wishes to convince the Iranians that his patience is not infinite, he should remove the two U.S. aircraft carriers which normally ply the Persian Gulf and redeploy them in the northern Indian Ocean. As Iran’s generals know, the Persian Gulf is both narrow and shallow. Aircraft carriers have limited maneuverability in such tight corridors, can have trouble acquiring the wind speed to launch planes, and are vulnerable to swarming Iranian speedboats.
David Ignatius: Worries about a “Failed State” in Syria—An intelligence report provided to the State Department last week by Syrian sources working with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) describes the situation in the area from Aleppo to the Turkish border, where Assad’s army has largely disappeared. The report draws a picture of disorganized fighters, greedy arms peddlers and profiteering warlords.
Aharon Lapidot: 11 billion shekels worth of deterrence— Ehud Olmert blames Benjamin Netanyahu for investing heavily in strategic defense systems for Israel’s security. Who’s delusional here?
Mati Tuchfeld: Olmert crosses a red line— Defense, particularly the most existential and strategic issues, have always been outside of political discussion.
Alex Traiman: Top Netanyahu Aide Could Continue Strategic Shift in Israel’s Relations with U.S.—Rumors recently began to circulate that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may appoint his senior advisor, Ron Dermer, as Israel’s next ambassador to the United States. Dermer’s appointment is currently being denied by Israel’s embassy, and the Prime Minister’s…
Joseph Puder: The Arabs’ Betrayal of the Palestinians—Why the Palestinians’ biggest supporters refuse to pay the millions of dollars they pledged.
Max Boot: Hagel Could Change the Strategic Calculus for Israel and Iran—In Chuck Hagel, President Obama is appointing a vociferous and public opponent of any military strike to stop the Iranian nuclear program–whether by the U.S. or Israel. For instance in 2006 he said, “I would say that a military strike against Iran, a military option, is not a viable, feasible, responsible option. I believe a political settlement will be the answer. Not a military settlement.” Just last year he said: “There will be a lot of killing. These things start and you can’t control. They escalate. They always do and they always will.”
Rabbi Chaim Levine: My response to Anti-Semitism— The cause of anti-Semitism is also the solution.
Jonathan Zimmerman: US colleges need affirmative action for conservative professors— As a devout Democrat, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Bill O’Reilly is right. Universities should institute affirmative action for conservative professors, so all the professors aren’t overwhelmingly liberal, as the recent national elections confirmed.
Arnold Ahlert: A ‘Path to Citizenship’ for Illegals?—Obama and Democrats push ahead with sweeping immigration “reform.”
Bruce Bawer: Norway’s Happy Lies on Muslim Immigration—Media conceal the ugly truth about the country’s multicultural nightmare.
Michael Barone: History suggests that era of entitlements is nearly over—Entitlement programs — Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid — are threatening to gobble up the whole government and much of the private sector, as well.
Jeff Jacoby: Bad guys’ lawyers—Lawyers representing three of the men charged in the New Delhi gang rape case said last week that they would enter pleas of not guilty on their clients’ behalf. In most criminal prosecutions, that would be unremarkable. But the lawyers who stepped forward to represent the suspects in this case did so in the face of emotional protests by fellow attorneys, many of whom insisted that no one should defend those accused of such a terrible crime.
Henry Percy: ‘Gun Violence in America Is Off the Chart’—Fareed Zakaria’s “blindingly obvious causal connection” and liberal blindness.
W.A. Beatty: Whether by Gun or Abortion, Murder Is Murder – Period—Where are all the calls for “abortion control” legislation?
Anthony Watts: NASA on the sun: ‘…tiny variations can have a significant effect on terrestrial climate.”— In the galactic scheme of things, the Sun is a remarkably constant star. While some stars exhibit dramatic pulsations, wildly yo-yoing in size and brightness, and sometimes even exploding, the luminosity of our own sun varies a measly 0.1% over the course of the 11-year solar cycle. There is, however, a dawning realization among researchers that even these apparently tiny variations can have a significant effect on terrestrial climate. A new report issued by the National Research Council (NRC), “The Effects of Solar Variability on Earth’s Climate,” lays out some of the surprisingly complex ways that solar activity can make itself felt on our planet.
Steve McIntyre: Duke C [Climate Audit reader] Punctures More Attempted UEA Obtuseness— CA reader Duke C has some results from his FOI request that look like they bear directly on my longstanding appeal for the Wahl attachments that the UEA purport to be unable to locate on the backup server. The UEA has a history of willful obtuseness in carrying out FOI searches. Unfortunately the UK Information Commissioner has weakly and unjustifiably acquiesced in UEA’s obstruction.
John Ransom: So Fake It’s Real: Global Warming is Reality TV for the Media Elite—Here’s my challenge to all the global warming apologists: Explain to me why the “settled science” of global warming has to manipulate headlines to make information appear scarier and more threatening than the actual data shows. If global warming is so settled, why do you and your friends take the opportunity to exaggerate, obfuscate and slant every piece of news that comes out to make it seem relevant to today?
Paul Jacob: The Great American Gun Frenzy—Why the buying frenzy? Because, immediately after the shooting, whole sectors of the body politic renewed their demands for more gun control, for outright bans on certain guns, even all guns, in the hands of the populace.
Daniel J. Mitchell: If You’re a Moocher, Common Sense Should Tell You Not to Kill all the Producers—In my speeches, I often joke that a tick or a flea is in trouble if it’s feasting on a dog that dies. Well, on a more serious note, this can happen to countries. Greece is in deep trouble because there are too many people riding in the wagon and not enough people pulling the wagon.
Byron York: Get ready for the costs and chaos of Obamacare—Nancy Pelosi was widely mocked when she said of Obamacare, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” At the time, March 2010, Pelosi’s words accurately described the Democrats’ just-get-it-done approach to passing a national health care bill. But now it turns out Pelosi was wrong. In fact, we have to implement Obamacare so that you can find out what is in it.
Blessings in the Book of Revelation is a book that you need to read, especially now. There are blessings throughout the Scriptures but Revelation is the only book in the Bible actually containing a specific blessing for reading it. It’s repeated twice, once at the beginning and again at the end. This is the reason that I believe Revelation should be the first step toward studying biblical prophecy. Though not easy to do, Revelation can be broken down and understood by anyone, not just the academic elite. So, Revelation’s blessings are for everyone. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
Other Books by Neil Snyder
- Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming. Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days. Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall. Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace. With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life? deals with a question that every Christian has to consider: what should I do with my life? Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide. It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided. They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make. As they say, forewarned is forearmed. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.