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Obama Demands Action on Gun Control (And Why He’s Wrong)





Never let a crisis go to waste!  Now, President Obama and the hard radical left-wing in this country are jumping to capitalize on a senseless tragedy to become a thorn in the side of average law-abiding citizens.

Today, President Obama stated:

"This time, the words need to lead to action."

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The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing," Obama said. "The fact that we can’t prevent every act of violence doesn’t mean we can’t steadily reduce the violence."

Despite admitting that "the vast majority of gun owners in America are responsible," President Obama didn’t talk about the unbelievable tough gun laws which exist in his own hometown of Chicago.  I live here — in a far south suburb.  I can tell you, shootings are reported nearly every single day in the Windy City — even occurring in some of its most most pricey parts.  The examples are endless:

In July, 12 shootings occurred within four hours time.

In June, 7 people were killed and 35 were injured in one evening (the same weekend the President came home).

In May, 11 died and more than 40 were wounded in one weekend.

According to a recent article in Bloomberg News, the same exact laws Obama is being pressured to support on a national level are already in place in Chicago.  While overall crime has gone down, the number of shootings and gun-related deaths in the city have continued to rise.

The man who was Obama’s first chief of staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, receives daily reports showing just that: Shooting incidents have so far increased 12 percent and murders 19 percent from 2011, even as total crime in the city has dropped.

It’s true that many factors come into play.  One staggering issue in Chicago’s black community, however, is its massive rate of illegitimacy.

In one thoughtful (and rare) piece published by the Huffington Post in 2010 by John Petro, he gave the numbers:

Using the rate of African American children born out of wedlock in Cook County–79 percent of all black children in 2003 compared with 15 percent of white children–Mac Donald concludes, "Until that gap closes, the crime gap won’t close, either."

Of course, liberals love to bathe in the tragedy of illegitimacy when they can argue for more welfare.  However; the fact that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have remained stunningly silent throughout all this media coverage on one town in Connecticut is predictable.  You see, they have left-wing orders to obey — even though the shooting deaths of Chicago’s black youth have long surpassed the number "20″ years ago.

Never though will you hear a liberal argue against divorced/single parent situations when they can cover it up to shamelessly blame the gun.

By no means is this an attack on the black community or on single mothers.  The fact is, there are a lot of deadbeats out there and society has done its part in identifying and handling these alleged men who often jump ship.  Laws have been written to prevent them from escaping their financial responsibility. But the problems which stem from broken homes must be viewed from the pessimistic end of the spectrum.

For example, while it’s perfectly possible (and true) that single mothers are capable of making the best of the situation and surrounding their children with love and structure, the fact remains that 78 percent of our prison population comes from single-parent homes.  (According to a study done by the Index of Leading Cultural Indicators).  Another study done by the University of Pennsylvania’s school of medicine concludes that at least 50-percent of single-parent homes have some sort of sexual abuse.

As Ann Coulter once pointed out, it’s the same thing for smoking.  While the majority of smokers in America won’t get lung cancer, the majority of Americans with lung cancer were once smokers.

The only glaring similiarity between the shooter in Connecticut and the troubled black teens in Chicago’s urban communities is the broken-home element.

I cannot say that this was the driving reason behind the angry man’s mission.  But I can say that broken homes have proven to be far more destructive to this nation than a lack of strict gun laws.

Democrats won’t tackle the issue because its best for future election cycles to further entrap young women within poor inner-cities to further government dependence.  It’s also an added benefit that when the societal consequences begin to materialize, they can scramble the issue to argue for more big government and more regulation on Americans.

As conservatives, we know and still believe that the only way these young and trapped women can pull themselves up in life is for us to treat them as the individuals they are with the talents that only they possess.  They are entitled to have the adult conversations required to turn their lives around.  They have lived lives of despair forced onto them by Democrats and their accompanying policies and it is within our ability to reach out to them.

Many of these young women feel embarrassed and are afraid to come forth seeings as how the left has treated people like Bristol Palin who’ve been in the situation and have been strong enough to come forth to become part of the solution.

Conservatives believe that every American instinctively prefers to be in charge of their own lives.  They want careers, they want security, they want to be free from the restaints of government entrapment.  They want the American Dream, they want to own their own homes, they want the security of knowing that they’ll be able to one day leave something behind for their kids.

The Republicans don’t need to dither from principles.  They don’t need to reach out to one specific sex or ethnicity.  They simply need to remember their belief in the individual and to not be afraid of the same people who’ve been oppressed and directed by Democrats for far too long.

It’s apparent now more than ever before that despite party affiliation, politicians in Washington seem to have forgotten which country it is that they are serving.



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