Facts Don’t Support Gun Control, So Obama Uses Emotion

By David Limbaugh

Barack Obama contempt for America is Obvious
Facts Don't Support Gun Control, so Obama Uses Emotion

David Limbaugh

USA -(Ammoland.com)- In his speech on the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon last week, President Obama sounded more upset about America's gun laws than about the horrific massacre.

We barely had the preliminary facts about the shooting, the shooter and the victims, and he was already lecturing the nation again on gun control.

Instead of calling the nation to prayer, he said we would learn about the victims in the coming days and then “wrap everyone who's grieving with our prayers and our love.” Those words out of the way, he immediately pivoted to complaining that:

 “our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It's not enough. It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel (or) prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America — next week or a couple of months from now.”

We didn't hear much “heartache and grief” in his speech, but his anger was palpable. It wasn't anger at the shooter, and it wasn't sympathy for the victims. It was outrage — or apparent outrage — at America's Second Amendment advocates.

“We are the only advanced country on earth,” said Obama, “that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months. … The United States … is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense gun-safety laws — even in the face of repeated mass killings.” He said these events happen so often that they've “become routine. … We've become numb to this.”

He may speak for himself, of course, but I don't know too many people, especially gun rights advocates, who are numb to such savagery. Many of us believe our society would be safer against gun violence if there weren't so many “gun-free” zones and if we had more armed guards.

As he has so often done before the powder is dry after similar incidents, he used his bully pulpit (emphasis on “bully”) to misstate statistics as if he were trying for a record number of Pinocchios from fact-checkers.

He said (read lied) : “We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. So the notion that gun laws don't work — or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens, and criminals will still get their guns — is not borne out by the evidence.”

Bloomberg Universal Background Checks Hooray
Oregon is one of only 18 states that require universal background checks before the sale of any firearm.

What he conveniently omitted is that Oregon had recently strengthened its laws on gun sales and is above average among the states on gun regulation.

It is one of only 18 states that require universal background checks before the sale of any firearm.

Being a proud Chicagoan, Obama is surely aware that his beloved city, which has distinguished itself in recent years for epic gun violence and death, is in a state that has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. How, then, can he claim that gun laws work? And how would implementing his idea of “common-sense gun-safety laws” make sense?

Though the United States has a high actual number of fatalities from mass shootings given its larger population, Obama ignores that other nations — such as Norway, Finland, Slovakia, Israel and Switzerland, which all have restrictive gun laws — have higher ratios of such shootings per capita.

The president also fails to acknowledge author John Lott's findings as of 2010 that all the multiple-victim public shootings (where three or more were killed) in Western Europe and in the United States occurred where civilians were not allowed to carry guns.

Charles C.W. Cooke, in his “The Conservatarian Manifesto,” urges that we regularly debunk “the claim that America is in the midst of a gun-violence ‘epidemic'. … Two reports, both released in May 2013, revealed a striking drop in gun crime over the past twenty years.” Cooke writes that “during the very period that gun laws have been dramatically liberalized across the whole country, gun crime has dropped substantially.”

In his rant, Obama didn't just distort the evidence. He effectively accused the Republican Congress of allowing these deaths by opposing gun control laws for political reasons, proving that projection is still an important weapon in his partisan arsenal.

At a time when he should be using his office and his influence to urge healing and unity, Obama uses them for strident community organizing to advance his agenda.

It is instructive that Obama rages at conservatives and scapegoats the weapons themselves rather than the criminals involved or the state of the human condition that underlies their actions.

It is remarkable that he demands an unconstitutional and meaningless change in the laws purportedly to save innocent lives but vigorously opposes all laws that would protect innocent babies in the womb.

And it is disgraceful that he seeks to inflame our emotions to seduce us into ignoring the facts and suspending our critical faculties long enough to surrender our vital Second Amendment rights.

David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book is “Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel.” Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at www.davidlimbaugh.com. 

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These mass murders are a direct result of ‘gun free zones’ and this administrations total disregard for human life..as in useless and illegal wars, abortion, ..and the USA Constitution…..imho

Tommy T
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Tommy T

I do not believe this rogue Administration and BHO want to see these murderous attacks to stop.
The Communist cannot take and keep the ground they have taken without disarming the US Citizens.
Repealing the 2nd Amendment is imperative to accomplish their agenda’s final goal of domination over
this Constitutional Republic and eliminate our individual freedoms.
They may relish crisis involving the use of a firearm as a propaganda platform for communism to gain
control without armed opposition .

james
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james

The JV POTUS BHO is angry like The HULK.

BHO ANGRY, NEED TO BAN ALL GUNS… ANGRY.

james
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james

Can’t let a good crisis go to waste right?

I like the little old lady who has a gun store in Oregon town where the last college shooting occurred.

She calls BHO the Executive Anus.

justtryit
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justtryit

If this pompous ass had any BALLS to his “pseudo” emotions; he would use his power to mandate that all school campuses have armed guards, and also allow legally licensed CCW holders to carry on the premise. That would be the proper thing to do for a real leader of this country. Heaven only knows he’ll never do it because it doesn’t fit the agenda of taking this nation to 3rd world or lower class!

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Greg

We go down this same ole crap river every month of every year. There is always a liberal coward that has a plan to disarm the American population, except criminals of course. Answer questions below. 1. Have you seen, in any state, a concerted effort to get criminals, and their guns, off the streets? 2. Do you really feel that taking guns from all law abiding citizens will make your children safer? If you think that any new gun law will make your kids safer from criminals, you are out of your mind. The police will not be able to… Read more »

Robert Ehlers
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Robert Ehlers

Why is the fact that the majority of these shooters are on one or more psychotropic drugs at the time of the crime, never mentioned. These dangerous drugs have suicidal and homicidal side affects. That is the reason for these crimes not the guns. Ever since these drugs started being prescribed by greedy Psychiatrists and sold my drug companies since 1966, these types of crimes started. Before these mind altering drugs, we didn’t see these type of “crimes”. Also criminals who use guns to commit a crime rarely are prosecuted, just look at Chicago. Prosecute criminals to full term and… Read more »

mahatma
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Check out this website: http://www.ssristories.org “SSRI Stories is a collection of over 6,000 stories that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) in which prescription drugs were mentioned and in which the drugs may be linked to a variety of adverse outcomes including violence. Warning: Adverse reactions are most likely to occur when starting or discontinuing the drug, increasing or lowering the dose or when switching from one SSRI to another. Adverse reactions are often diagnosed as bipolar disorder when the symptoms may be entirely iatrogenic (treatment induced). Withdrawal, especially abrupt withdrawal, from any of these medications can… Read more »

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brass hopper

here we go again another nut job killing unarmed good people…..problem as I see it is the press gives these nut jobs their 15 minutes of fame….people like these see what is being shown in the news the pain and suffering of others and they prey upon that just for 15 minutes of fame. What do they care after all when they are killed in a shoot out their dead and don’t have to hear about it any more so they got what they want 15 minutes of fame….The liberals are looking for ways to control us all no matter… Read more »

rappini
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rappini

Well he is a bleeding heart Liberal and that’s what Liberals do, no facts just emotion.