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Rich Lowry | Obama’s infantile spectacle on guns

President Barack Obama set a new standard Wednesday for stupidly exploitative  White House events by appearing onstage with children to unveil his gun control  proposals.

He quoted from letters that the kids had written him. He invoked their  Solomonic authority: “Their voices should compel us to change.” He signed  executive orders as they gazed on adoringly. He hugged and high-fived them.

No doubt every parent thinks their little Johnny or Sally is  the next James Q. Wilson. That doesn’t make it so. Some of the wisdom that the  president shared from his adorable pen pals was, “I love my country and [I] want  everybody to be happy and safe,” and “We should learn from what happened at  Sandy Hook … I feel really bad.”

News flash: Kids don’t want bad things to happen. This would be a genuinely  useful insight … if we could write public policy in crayon. The White House  event smacked of the old unilateral disarmament campaigns of the 1980s when we  were supposed to get rid of our nuclear weapons because they scared  youngsters.

We can safely assume that the kids onstage with Obama don’t have a  fine-grained sense of the limits of gun control or a proper regard for the  Second Amendment. That’s OK, though — neither does he.


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