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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Obama's Stance on Gun Control is Classic American Left: Restrict Citizenry's Rights and Throw Billions of Dollars at Govt. Programs

"Take that Bitter Clingers... plus, the NRA is Evil."

...oh, and incorporate doctors and medical insurance into the effort. Just one more reason why ObamaCare is junk, I guess.

Obama proposes spending more then $4.5 billion for cracking down on Americans' Constitutional rights.

From The Weekly Standard:

The proposal contains a mix of executive actions, regulations, and calls for Congress to act legislatively. The total package will cost at least $4.5 billion in new spending.
Among the new spending the president proposed:
• $4 billion for the president’s proposal “to help keep 15,000 cops on the streets in cities and towns across the country.” (That is roughly $266,000 per police officer.)
• $20 million to “give states stronger incentives to make [relevant] data available [for background checks] … “$50 million for this purpose in FY2014”
• “$14 million to help train 14,000 more police officers and other public and private personnel to respond to active shooter situations.”
• “$10 million for the Centers for Disease Control to conduct further research, including investigating the relationship between video games, media images, and violence.”
• $20 million to expand the National Violent Death Reporting System.
• $150 million to “put up to 1,000 new school resource officers and school counselors on the job.”
• “$30 million of one-time grants to states to help their school districts develop and implement emergency management plans.”
• $50 million to help 8,000 schools “create safer and more nurturing school climates.”
• $15 million to “provide “Mental Health First Aid” training for teachers.”
• $40 million for school districts to “work with law enforcement, mental health agencies, and other local organizations to assure students with mental health issues or other behavioral issues are referred to the services they need.”
• $25 million for state-based strategies that support “young people ages 16 to 25 with mental health or substance abuse issues.”
• $25 million to “offer students mental health services for trauma or anxiety, conflict resolution programs, and other school-based violence prevention strategies.”
• $50 million to “train social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other mental health professionals.”
The president’s proposals to ban high capacity magazines and “military-style assault weapons” will be costly to implement, if they are passed. Those costs are either unknown or haven’t been released.
Hey, nobody ever said that breaking down the 2nd Amendment would be cheap. And throwing out a little bit of government cash to pay off outragous salaries or embezzle train and implement policy never hurts to popularize these programs with the political and bureaucratic classes.

Of course, tight gun control has proven to be completely counterproductive in reducing crime in Chicago, Australia, and England for starters. And the old U.S. "assault weapons ban" did nothing to curb crime, nor mass killings.

But let us not allow inconvenient facts to stand in the way of Obama's version of progress.

Exactly what is Obama's version of progress? The same that it has been in the past-- to demonize political opponents (like the NRA, but in the past it's been House GOP members, Wall Street, the wealthy, Fox News, the coal industry, Sarah Palin, business owners who didn't build that, insurance companies, etc.) and to punish people he doesn't like, in this instance every one of the millions of law-abiding gun owners in the U.S. as we dash toward some "common sense" utopia that the Left seems reluctant to talk about.

Forward! With ideology and billions (to start) in taxpayer money, forward!

UPDATE: Texas Governor Rick Perry has issued a response. (h/t Douglas at American Power) Best lines are: "In fact, the piling on by the political left, and their cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children, disgusts me, personally. The second amendment to the Constitution is a basic right of free people and cannot be nor will it be abridged by the executive power of this or any other president."

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