“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that – it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – Rahm Emanuel
Throughout his entire first term, America never heard a peep out of Barack Obama about gun control – except in 2008 when he said on national TV, “I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe in people’s lawful right to bear arms. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away.”
But then in December 2012 came the horrendous mass-shooting in Connecticut and suddenly banning entire classes of firearms rarely used in crime – rifles – became the nation’s most urgent priority.
Until Sandy Hook, the constitutional right to keep and bear arms was just about the only policy battlefield on which the left consistently lost. In fact, two recent Supreme Court decisions – 2008’s District of Columbia v. Heller and 2010’s McDonald v. Chicago – strongly reaffirmed individuals’ Second Amendment right to own firearms for their own protection.
But Obama, not wanting “a serious crisis to go to waste,” wasted no time. Starting the very day of the Connecticut tragedy and continuing ever since, he has skillfully redirected Americans’ wrenching emotional pain into a massive, coordinated push for new gun-control measures – with or without Congress.
So now America is being dragged through yet another pretend crisis – a crisis of “assault weapons” (a pretend term deliberately designed to scare and deceive people about ordinary firearms), a crisis of too many guns “on the streets” (no one knows quite what that means), a crisis of “high-powered, semi-automatic rifles” (but wait, gun-controllers used to always insist handguns were the problem), a crisis of needing to establish more “gun-free zones” (which are pretend, and serve only to attract would-be mass murderers).
The fact that virtually all serious research conducted over the last 40 years proves “more guns” always equals “less crime,” and that gun-control laws have been proven time and time again not to reduce crime, is of absolutely no consequence. The crisis is all that matters – and the “opportunity to do things” that couldn’t have been done before.