RON HART: Dems ‘Never Let a Good Tragedy Go To Waste’

Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 05:17 PM.

We live in an increasingly divided country. Half of us want to be protected by Obama and the other half want to be protected from him. He disdains those who “cling to their guns and religion.” The wake of the Sandy Hook shootings is one of his “don’t let a good crisis go to waste” moments and a chance to hurt them.

Facts seldom matter in politics. The deranged Sandy Hook shooter tried to buy a rifle but was denied. According to Dr. Alan Bates, “Murder rates nationwide have dropped 52 percent over the past 20 years and violent crimes have declined for the past 18 of 20 years by 49 percent to a 41-year low (FBI stats), synchronous with 41 states adopting ‘right to carry’ laws.”

And you never heard about this: the Pearl, Miss., high school shooting was stopped by Assistant Principal Joel Myrick.  In violation of federal law, he went to his truck and got his .45 semi-automatic pistol. Nor do we hear about the up to two million times a year that citizens use guns to thwart murder, rape, assault, robbery, etc. The media ignore these stories because they don't fit their narrative.

Obama deputized doctors under ObamaCare to question patients on their guns and where they store them. He will not get good information. According to medical forms filled out at doctors' offices all across our country, no one drinks, smokes, or uses drugs. We all exercise five days a week and have only monogamous sex.

Maybe when Mexican drug lords get their free ObamaCare, we can get accurate information on if their guns came from Operation Fast and Furious.

We need a balanced study on guns — and not from the hysterical hyenas on either side of the issue. With the results, and after the emotion of a school shooting has faded and reason can prevail, perhaps we can reduce some of the bureaucracy surrounding gun ownership and dispel some of the myths.

Only 323 deaths last year were caused by assault weapons. 496 Americans were killed with hammers and 650 with knives. 12,000 people died because of drunk drivers. Millions of Americans are dying from obesity-related causes; perhaps a one-week waiting period to buy a Twinkie is next? Or shall we confiscate all forks?

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