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“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.
More than 475,000 people have signed petitions asking the White House to crack down on Westboro Baptist Church after the group, known for holding anti-gay demonstrations at funerals, threatened to picket in Newtown, Connecticut.
Newtown was the site of a school massacre on December 14 in which 20 young children and six adults were killed.
Five petitions posted on the White House website since the shootings have asked the government to name the church, based in Topeka, Kansas, as a hate group or end its tax-exempt status. The requests were among the most popular on the White House site on Thursday.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization, has called the church “arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America” because of the anti-gay signs its members have carried at hundreds of military funerals. The protests reflect their view that God is punishing America for tolerance of gays and lesbians.
The church has successfully defended its right to free speech in court. The church could not be immediately reached for comment.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on whether it would address the petitions.
The White House has a policy of responding to petitions that reach a threshold of 25,000 signatures but does not comment on certain law enforcement issues that are within the jurisdiction of federal agencies or courts, according to its website.
Balloon Fiesta Park will host a unique tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy Friday night — a balloon glow in their memory.
Organizers said it’s a very New Mexico way to show support for the families affected by the tragedy.
“I hope it puts a smile on their face, I hope that they know that our thoughts and our prayers are with them. We can’t be up there, but we can do something for them here and I hope they do see it,” said local pilot and organizer Slade Bogle.
The idea of a balloon glow memorial started off small, hoping for 26 balloons, one to honor each victim. Now, it’s grown to more than 40 balloons and will be held at Balloon Fiesta Park.
“We are the balloon capital of the world and I figured what better way to do it, than put on a glow and show everybody how much we care,” says Bogle.
Bogle said the tragedy hits home, no matter where you are.
“I have a six year old and a three year old. I can’t imagine knowing that I would never be able to hug them again. It would kill me. This is for all the parents that lost their children, all the teachers, everyone. I know everybody is hurting and this is all we can do so we are going to do it,” says Bogle.
The balloon glow memorial is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Balloon Fiesta Park.
The event and parking are free.