The 07/26/2012 “AP”/“Houston Chronicle” report “Obama hints at better controls for gun sales” was surprisingly balanced with Obama acknowledging “that some responsibility also rests with parents, neighbors and teachers to ensure young people ‘don’t have that void inside them’.” It would have been appropriate for Obama to accord that same responsibility to churches, synagogues and mosques.
A more incisive and knowledgeable response – by Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper (D) – stated more gun control laws aren’t the answer because James Holmes would’ve been able to make a bomb. That remark, apparently, was made before Aurora Police revealed Holmes’ apartment was “booby-trapped” with bombs, AKA Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
Also, Governor Hickenlooper’s remarks were forward looking. To date, the USA hasn’t been subject to vehicle and suicide bombings all too common in Iraq, Israel and Afghanistan. IED materials are easily obtained; Internet websites provide detailed instructions about how to build bombs. If gun control advocates succeed in banning guns, their next crusade must necessarily focus on “bomb control”.
To return to Obama’s well-phrased speech, it’s interesting what he didn’t say: Secretary of State Clinton is poised to endorse a UN “small arms treaty” that U.S. Senator Rand Paul claims – if passed by the Democrat controlled Senate – will enact U.S. gun control laws that supersede the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution and will allow confiscation of U.S. citizens’ privately-owned weapons.
It’s well said that we live in interesting – and some say perilous – times.