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January 16, 2013

The NRA and armed guards at schools

Filed under: Issues,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 6:54 pm
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President Obama today announced his administration’s proposals in reaction to the Sandy Hook shootings.  In essence, the proposals consist of reinstituting the assault-weapon ban, expanding background checks, and issuing 23 insignificant executive orders. 

The administration did not adopt the NRA’s proposal to place armed guards in public schools.  To the contrary, according to the NY Times, the Obama administration earlier today criticized a new NRA video that mocks President Obama “for having Secret Service protection for his children while opposing armed guards at the nation’s schools. The video calls the president an ‘elitist hypocrite.’…. The White House issued an angry response to the ad. ‘Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight,’ said Jay Carney, the White House press secretary. ‘But to go so far as to make the safety of the president’s children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly.’” 

I’m not sure why the video is inappropriate.  It seems like the same argument used against politicians who oppose school vouchers, even though they send their kids to private schools, and I don’t think anyone considers that argument to be repugnant and cowardly.

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3 Comments »

  1. Mike,

    I agree with you. I don’t think the argument is “repugnant and cowardly,” I just think it is inane and stupid. Sure, the president gets Secret Service protection. Why in the name of heavens don’t you and I? I think that makes him “an elitist hypocrite.” If I had Secret Service protection, I’d get driven around everywhere and get to fly free (or at your expense, which I don’t mind) everywhere I go. Why should he and not me? Let me emphasize that with two or three question marks… ??? He really is hypocritical.

    If we could only make every school an armed fortress, with each teacher, administrator and school child carrying an assault rifle, the NRA could have its wish granted that no restrictions be made to the Second Amendment. After all, the Second Amendment is the premier amendment and we all need to bow before it.

    Robert

    Comment by Robert Icenhauer-Ramirez — January 16, 2013 @ 10:22 pm | Reply

    • Robert, regarding the NRA argument, I agree with your analysis of it. Perhaps a better analogy would have been protection for local politicians and judges. Ultimately, this is a cost-benefit thing, and I don’t think the benefit (peace of mind?) justifies the cost. And as Don Imus pointed out this morning, if a wacko wants to kill a bunch of kids, he can find them congregated somewhere else.

      Regarding the Second Amendment, it certainly isn’t the premier amendment. The premier amendment would be the First, and even there the gun-control advocates are quick to argue that the First Amendment has limits. But the attacks on the First Amendment seem relatively mild compared to those on the Second Amendment. And as Scalia concluded in his D.C. opinion, the Second Amendment may be outdate, but it is not the Supreme Court’s job to abolish it. Clearly, the current politicians have a mind to push as far as they can up against the Amendment, sort of like the anti-abortion people are pushing up against Roe v. Wade as hard as they can.

      Comment by Mike Kueber — January 17, 2013 @ 8:12 pm | Reply

  2. Technology has not changed the need, importance, or purpose of free speech in keeping a government from becoming oppressive or living a fruitful life. The same is true of the second amendment.

    Comment by Q — January 19, 2013 @ 2:43 pm | Reply


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