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More Gun Control? Obama:  ‘Speeches Aren’t Enough, We Can Do Better’


He is right. We can do better.

Not by more laws that cannot be enforced: laws that will not be effective in protecting children.

We can do better.

Not by government becoming more intrusive. Not by hammering lawful citizens, demonizing gun owners or engaging the verbal violence that so often attends these meaningless measures.

We can do better.

We can arm people in the schools and train them to stop shooters long before they shoot.

And we can renew our commitment to virtue and responsible citizenship, summoning the “better angels of our nature” as Lincoln said to revitalize a devotion to goodness driven by agreement upon moral principles, separating right from wrong.

We can also penalize law breakers more seriously, setting them as examples of what happens if you break the law, demonstrating we are serious about deterrence.

But Obama will do none of these common sense things.

He wants more power, and will have it, even if it means leveraging the emotion and desperation resulting from a tragedy.

It is not leadership. It is exploitation, cynically driven by selfishness and a lust for power.

Allan Erickson

Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter, and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012.

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