During his recent Newtown speech, the President promised to “use all the power of his office”—and then some, I’ll wager—to “protect our children.” A lofty goal, but why is that not reassuring, but, rather, cause for genuine concern.
With Rahm Emanuel’s “never let a crisis go to waste” in mind, my justifiable concern is that Progressives don’t merely seek “gun control”. They seek “people control”--which is precisely why their brash gun control arguments are so often twisted, disingenuous, illogical, grossly ineffective, and dangerously farcical.
Without trampling on the Constitution, there are eminently practical solutions to better safeguarding our children which do not involve disarming law-abiding citizens: for example, schools are currently “gun-free zones”, an inane invention of the Left, which renders schools easy & inviting targets for armed evildoers.   One or two armed and trained staffers in each school would, I’m certain, very dramatically reduce the slaughter of innocents. Deterrence with the threat of deadly counterforce works! (Let Israeli border schools be our guide.)

If we follow what passes for liberal "logic", to reduce the preventable slaughter in our country across the board, then trains, airplanes, motor vehicles, knives, playgrounds, bows and arrows, stones, cribs and tire irons should also be dramatically curtailed or altogether outlawed. Duh.
In any case, let’s pray—indeed, insist—that an honest, objective and sober cause-and-effect appraisal follows this horrible Newtown tragedy--not more ideologically-motivated palaver which serves only to enhance government control and precious little else.
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are  neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things  worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to  encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with  greater confidence than an armed man." --Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare  Beccaria in On Crimes and Punishment (1764).

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Comment by Gary L Hastriter on December 18, 2012 at 8:38am

Quote from a father that lost a daughter in the Columbine massacre: 

Well worth the read - COLUMBINE STUDENT'S FATHER 12 YEARS LATER !! Guess our national leaders didn't expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness.. The following is a portion of the transcript:

"Since the dawn of creation there has been both good &evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.

"In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best. 

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

"Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. 
What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. 
Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts. 

"As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. 
To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone! 
My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!"
- Darrell Scott 
Do what the media did not - - let the nation hear this man's speech. Please send this out to everyone you can!

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on December 18, 2012 at 7:25am

Obama will milk this incident for all it is worth.

Comment by Kenneth Paul Russell on December 18, 2012 at 5:27am

We don't need gun control, we need God back in our lives and our country!

Obama is a Marxist/Communist, and a Muslim! Obama could care less about the Christian-Judea founded country, we here in America have always cherished. 

Comment by Kenneth Paul Russell on December 18, 2012 at 5:22am

I suggest that if they wish to reduce the crime rate in this country, then they need to allow God back into our government, and on our money, and our courts, and schools! What happened to the days when we felt safe in our schools, and places of shopping? Those were the days when we were more connected with God, said grace, prior to eating our meals at the dinner table. Remember when we started our school days with the Lord's Prayer? No one forced you to say the prayer, you could just sit there, and enjoy the moment of peace. That was back when the majority ruled, and special interest groups were unheard of.

Now the minority wants to rule the majority, they don't care about the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights. They are the same group of fools, that think they are"entitled", to the social systems that we contributed to all these years, and now they think they have a right to stick their hands into our, "cookie jar", and take what they want!

With the help of Obama, as acting director of that ship of fools, guiding them to partake in whatever "We the People", have.

Comment by John Hayes on December 18, 2012 at 1:23am

Due to Americans getting too fat, I propose that we STOP selling dinner plates larger than 8" in diameter.

Comment by Bob Honiker on December 18, 2012 at 12:58am

Liberals don't like anything about the Constitution unless they can spin it to support their agenda.

Comment by Doug Nicholson on December 18, 2012 at 12:56am
This is a bit long but worth the 3 minutes to read it:

Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as “Holiday Trees” for the first time this year which prompted CBS presenter, Ben Stein, to present this

piece which I would like to share with you. I think it applies just as much to many countries as it does to America . . .

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejewelled trees, Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, “Merry Christmas” to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a crib, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her: “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said: “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbour as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said okay.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it.... no one will know you did. But if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein
Comment by John Hayes on December 18, 2012 at 12:48am

After the second ammendment is gone, how long will it take them to get gid of the 1st ammendment and more?

Comment by John Hayes on December 18, 2012 at 12:45am

The Liberals are enjoying this too much!!

Comment by Gerald V. Todd on December 17, 2012 at 10:46pm

With regard to Sandy Hook Elementary, “Jesus wept.” John 11:35 – and so did America

 With regard to gun control: Jesus’ admonition in Matthew 12:29 and Mark 9:40:  

 “How can anyone enter a strong man’s house and make off with his property unless he first ties him securely? Only then can he rob his house. He who is not with me is against me…”

 Seems fitting, given my local paper’s “progressive” mindset. I put my left wing paper down, and did my Cryptoquip and crossword puzzle.

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