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Chuck Pinkey

April 23, 2013

Federal gun bill vote showed Obama was wrong


What I don’t understand are these “re-election troubles back home.” As Mr. Spock would say, “Logic dictates” that if 90-99 percent of Americans wanted this bill, shouldn’t the senators who voted against it be the ones in trouble back home?

You know, folks, it’s a shell game. Part of this bill was “Universal Background Checks,” whereby every firearm sale must be OK’d by the federal government. They claim that this will prevent guns from being purchased by criminals and the insane.

In the real world, “Universal Background Checks” would not work. Criminals and the dangerously insane would not participate. Truth be known, most everyday people won’t, either, and it would be almost impossible to enforce. More than likely, it would just make criminals out of regular guys, who have bought and sold guns for years, and never caused a problem.

Some would argue that if a felon is stopped from buying a gun, the law may have prevented a crime, and if only a few lives can be saved, wouldn’t it be worth it? That sounds good and very reasonable, but the hard answer is no! Where does that logic stop? 

Benjamin Franklin said, “He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither” and every drop of freedom is like a drop of blood. There is only so much to lose, and then it is too late.

I have always found it tasteless when a president surrounds himself with weeping children, grieving widows and brokenhearted parents to score political points. President Obama staged this drama to shame the senators who voted against his bill.

Mr. President, did it ever occur to you that they may have honor and simply followed their conscience? They are not evil or less than human, and therefore didn’t need to be shamed by their president in public. You have made a career of blaming President Bush and others, but at least Bush had something you’ll never have, and that’s class.

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