The POTUS is getting cagey as public support wanes for his
Gun Control Civilian Disarmament agenda. Remarkably he addressed the nation today and asked America to focus on its feelings. At kR-15.com we serve up FACTS Not Feelings on the regular. For this reason I am compelled to respond to you, Mr. President, with some facts lined up against your feelings. Thanks to the Constitution of the United States of America and the fact that it does not provide but rather Protects certain rights I can respond with any words I choose…and I choose facts.
Shame on us if we’ve forgotten. I haven’t forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we’ve forgotten. If there is one thing I’ve said consistently since I first ran for this office, nothing is more powerful than millions of voices calling for change.
FACT: I haven't forgotten the kids either – the 1500 children who are murdered each year in the United States by water. Tell me again why we can't all focus on better background checks for pool owners- there are a lot of negligent people out there who could let these backyard murderers – (responsible for the murder of 829,000 children worldwide EVERY YEAR) strike at any time.
And that’s why it’s so important that all these moms and dads are here today, but that’s also why it’s important that we’ve got grassroots groups out there that got started and are out there mobilizing and organizing and keeping up the fight.
That’s what it’s going to take to make this country safer.
FACT: According to Brady Campaign Research, States that have stricter
gun control Civilian Disaramament laws actually average 60% more gun murders per capita than states with less restrictive gun laws. Does that sound like a way to reduce gun violence, much less make things safer?
It’s going to take moms and dads and hunters and sportsmen and clergy and local officials, like the mayors who are here today, standing up and saying, this time really is different, that we’re not just going to sit back and wait until the next Newtown or the next Blacksburg or the next innocent, beautiful child is gunned down in a playground in Chicago or Philadelphia or Los Angeles before we summon the will to act. Right now members of Congress are back home in their districts and many of them are holding events where they can hear from their constituents, so I want everybody who is listening to make yourself heard right now.
FACT: The biggest impact you can make to defend our Second Amendment Rights (other than showing up at an event to talk to your CongressCritter) is leaving a personal phone message for your Senator by calling the US Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or checking the list of Senators who pay for 1800 lines to their offices. Congress resumes on Monday, April 8, 2013. Guidelines for calling a Senator's office are here.
If you think that checking someone’s criminal record before he can check out a gun show is common sense, you’ve going to make yourself heard. If you are a responsible, law-abiding gun owner who wants to keep irresponsible, law-breaking individuals from abusing the right to bear arms by inflicting harm on a massive scale, speak up. We need your voices in this debate.
FACT: Expanded Background Checks don't have a significant impact on crime. Fewer than 2% of criminals get guns from a flea market or gun show. Expanded Background Checks will not have any impact mass shootings according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
If you’re a mom like Katarina who wants to make this country safer, a stronger place for our children to learn and grow up, get together with other moms like the ones here today and raise your voices and make yourselves unmistakably heard. We need everybody to remember how we felt 100 days ago and make sure that what we said at that time wasn’t just a bunch of platitudes, that we meant it.
FACT: Making this country a safer, stronger place for our children is a good goal. How about we focus lawmakers on keeping the people in prison who are already there for committing a violent crime?
FACT: Half of all murders are committed by people on “conditional release” (i.e., parole or probation). (Probation and Parole Violators in State Prison, 1991: Survey of State Prison Inmates, Robyn Cohen, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1995)
FACT: 81% of all homicide defendants had an arrest record; 67% had a felony arrest record; 70% had a conviction record; and 54% had a felony conviction. (Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties, 1998, Brian Reaves, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, November 2001)
And the desire to make a difference is what brought Corey Thornblad here today. Corey grew up in Oklahoma, where her dad sold firearms at gun shows. And today she’s a mom and a teacher. And Corey said after Newtown she cried for days for the students who could have been her students, for the parents she could have known, for the teachers like her who go to work every single day and love their kids and want them to succeed. And Corey says, “My heart was broken and I decided now was the time to act, to march, the time to petition, the time to make phone calls because tears were no longer enough.” And that’s my attitude. Tears aren’t enough. Expressions of sympathy aren’t enough. Speeches aren’t enough. We’ve cried enough. We’ve known enough heartbreak. What we’re proposing is not radical, it’s not taking away anybody’s gun rights. It’s something that, if we are serious, we will do it. Now is the time to turn that heartbreak into something real.
FACT: Senator Feinstein says pretty clearly that she wants to take away everybody's gun rights. Also consider New York and California.
It won’t solve every problem. There will still be gun deaths. There will still be tragedies. There will still be violence. There will still be evil.
FACT: Those are all facts Mr. President! Nice work.
But we can make a difference if, not just the activists here on this stage, but the general public, including responsible gun owners say, you know what, we can do better than this. We can do better to make sure that fewer parents have to endure the pain of losing a child to an act of violence. That’s what this is about. And enough people like Katarina and Cory (ph) and the rest of the parents who are here today get involved, and if enough members of Congress take a stand for cooperation and common sense, and lead and don’t get squishy, because time has passed and maybe it’s not on the news every single day.
If that’s who we are, if that’s our character, that we’re willing to follow through on commitments that we say are important, commitments to each other and to our kids, then I’m confident we can make this country a safer place for all of them.
FACT: Willing to follow through on commitments is a key element of integrity- for example promising GMO labeling on our foods immediately upon being elected in 2007 so Americans know which ones are genetically modified……