The State of the Union gun grab

The State of the Union gun grab (Image courtesy Fox News)

President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday was carefully staged to promote his gun-grabbing second-term agenda. Arrangements were made so TV cameras would pan to the faces of victims of gun violence in the House galleries. Emotional drama, as opposed to reasoned argument, is the primary weapon in the administration’s campaign to undermine a fundamental constitutional right.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the outfit funded by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, worked with Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, Rep. James R. Langevin of Rhode Island, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York and others to pack the chamber with victims.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi invited activists, including a fourth-grader from Newtown, Conn., who started a petition, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and anti-gun crooner Tony Bennett. Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, were invited as part of their new organization’s push to nullify the Second Amendment.

First lady Michelle Obama asked a first-grade teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary School and the parents of a Chicago teenager who was shot in Chicago to sit in her box.

National Rifle Association President David Keene saw the effort to stack the audience as a way to distract the public from real issues, such as the revolving door on our criminal justice system. “The willingness of the president and his allies to so brazenly exploit the victims of violence to achieve their ideological and political goals strikes me as both over the top and, shall I say it, tasteless,” he told The Washington Times.

The victims from Chicago called for gun control as part of a tearful news conference with a hundred others, even though the Windy City already enacted every law on the gun-grabbers’ wish list. As Mr. Keene noted, that’s the problem. “These are not firearms victims, but the victims of criminals and irresponsible politicians so obsessed with stripping honest citizens of their rights that they forget about the monsters they could keep off the streets if they wanted to,” he said.

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Source: By Emily Miller - The Washington Times

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