At Sandy Hook Memorial, Obama Showcases the Magical Thinking of Gun Controllers

On Sunday night,
speaking
at a memorial service for the 26 victims of Adam
Lanza’s horrifying
shooting rampage
at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton,
Connecticut, President Obama provided a window onto the magical
thinking of people who think such appalling crimes could be
prevented if only we had the courage to pass the right law:

We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to
end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such
violence are complex, and that is true. No single law—no set of
laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless
act of violence in our society.

But that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely, we can do
better than this. If there is even one step we can take to save
another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief
that has visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Newtown,
and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that—then
surely we have an obligation to try. 

In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds
to engage my fellow citizens—from law enforcement to mental health
professionals to parents and educators—in an effort aimed at
preventing more tragedies like this. Because what choice do we
have? We can’t accept events like this as routine. Are we really
prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage,
that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such
violence visited on our children year after year after year is
somehow the price of our freedom?

Finally, a president who has the guts to come out
against the murder of children. Not only that, but he is prepared
to confront those who, for murky but clearly frivolous reasons,
tolerate violence, oppose tragedy prevention, and shrink from
saving innocent lives. Because “politics” cannot be allowed to
obstruct the solutions that every decent, right-thinking person
favors.

Such as? Well, the president did not say. Neither did New York
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday, when

You can read the rest of this article at: http://reason.com/blog/2012/12/17/at-sandy-hook-memorial-obama-showcases-t

At Sandy Hook Memorial, Obama Showcases the Magical Thinking of Gun Controllers

On Sunday night,
speaking
at a memorial service for the 26 victims of Adam
Lanza’s horrifying
shooting rampage
at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton,
Connecticut, President Obama provided a window onto the magical
thinking of people who think such appalling crimes could be
prevented if only we had the courage to pass the right law:

We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to
end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such
violence are complex, and that is true. No single law—no set of
laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless
act of violence in our society.

But that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely, we can do
better than this. If there is even one step we can take to save
another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief
that has visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Newtown,
and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that—then
surely we have an obligation to try. 

In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds
to engage my fellow citizens—from law enforcement to mental health
professionals to parents and educators—in an effort aimed at
preventing more tragedies like this. Because what choice do we
have? We can’t accept events like this as routine. Are we really
prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage,
that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such
violence visited on our children year after year after year is
somehow the price of our freedom?

Finally, a president who has the guts to come out
against the murder of children. Not only that, but he is prepared
to confront those who, for murky but clearly frivolous reasons,
tolerate violence, oppose tragedy prevention, and shrink from
saving innocent lives. Because “politics” cannot be allowed to
obstruct the solutions that every decent, right-thinking person
favors.

Such as? Well, the president did not say. Neither did New York
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday, when

You can read the rest of this article at: http://reason.com/blog/2012/12/17/at-sandy-hook-memorial-obama-showcases-t