Monday, June 22, 2015

President Obama Politicizes A Shooting

I am constantly amazed at the stupidity of politicians. Our President made this statement after a horrible tragedy in a South Carolina church.
"I've had to make statements like this too many times. Communities have had to endure tragedies like this too many times," he continued. "Once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. ... We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries."
I’m sorry Mr. President, you should have just had your speech writer Google mass shootings. This information is not hard to find so I don’t know how your advisors let you say such a silly statement. It makes you look like an idiot Mr. President and further, it’s just not true.
On the morning of 7 January 2015 at about 11:30 local time, two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with assault rifles and other weapons, they killed 11 people and injured 11 others in the building. After leaving, they killed a French National Police officer outside the building.
On the morning of April 7, 2011, 12 children aged between 12 and 14 were killed and 12 others seriously wounded after an armed man entered Tasso da Silveira Municipal School (Escola Municipal Tasso da Silveira), an elementary school in Realengo on the western fringe of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
July 22, 2011: Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik kills 77 in Norway in twin attacks: a bombing in downtown Oslo and a shooting massacre at a youth camp outside the capital. The self-styled anti-Muslim militant admitted both attacks.
In France, Amedy Coulibaly is said to be responsible for three shootings, and he said he synchronized his attacks with the Kouachi brothers. In the shootings, five people were killed and eleven others were wounded.
The first shooting was in Fontenay-aux-Roses on the evening of 7 January 2015. Prosecutors linked shell cases found where a jogger was shot and severely wounded with a Tokarev gun carried by Coulibaly at his later kosher supermarket attack.
The second shooting occurred in Montrouge on 8 January. He killed an unarmed French policewoman, Clarissa Jean-Philippe, whom he shot at Montrouge along with a street sweeper whom he injured critically. DNA samples collected at the crime scene led police to identify Coulibaly as the shooter.
The third shooting took place at Porte de Vincennes, east Paris, on 9 January. Coulibaly killed four more people, all Jewish patrons at a Jewish Hypercacher supermarket at Porte de Vincennes, at the outset of an hours-long siege in which he demanded that the Kouachi brothers be freed. At the outset of that attack, he introduced himself to his hostages, saying: "I am Amedy Coulibaly, Malian and Muslim. I belong to the Islamic State." French commandos stormed the store, and killed Coulibaly. He left in his car maps indicating the locations of Jewish schools in Paris.
On 2 June 2010 when a lone gunman, Derrick Bird, killed 12 people and injured 11 others before killing himself in Cumbria, England. Along with the 1987 Hungford massacre, the 1989 Monkseaton shootings, and the 1996 Dunblane school massacre, it is one of the worst criminal acts involving firearms in British history.

These horrible shootings happened in “advanced countries” such as France, Britain, Norway, and Brazil. I know that we need to do better in this country about protecting our people. The people of this country need to be serious about security and taking that security into our hands. I’m not sure that a ban on guns would have made any difference in this case. And neither do the “experts” and study makers. If you look at the numbers you will see that laws don’t make that much difference in crime. The nature of criminals is to break laws.
A Nobel Peace prize winner and graduate of Harvard Law would indicate an intelligent mind. It’s not that hard to see that these shootings happen everywhere and in places that have strict gun laws. In President Obama’s home state of Illinois, in Chicago, gun laws are the toughest in the U.S. Yet Chicago’s gun ban was lifted after laws prohibiting concealed carry were forced to be changed because they were deemed unconstitutional. The Washington times said this about Chicago’s change in laws:
“Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low.”
So I would ask you Mr. President, do gun laws really make a difference in crime?

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