EDITORIAL: Partisan sniping at Obama’s gun control plea glances into Aurora, Sandy Hook broken hearts

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Few places such as Aurora and Newtown, Conn., can appreciate President Barack Obama’s emotional response Tuesday to the tragedy of gun violence and the need to do something as a society to keep others from suffering our unenviable fate.

If someone were able to have stopped Aurora theater shooter James Holmes from amassing a military-style arsenal in 2012 and unleashing it inside the Century 16 Theater in 2012, what might we have done to make that possible?

Because of the loathsome politics gripping Washington, we may never know.

Immediately during and after Obama’s emotional speech at the White House, where he outlined administrative changes he wants to make to combat rampant gun violence, critics dog-piled on Obama’s modest and unsurprising plan.

It seemed almost surreal that in the very place that serves as a top argument for doing something to stop gun violence and mass shootings, Colorado elected representatives like Sen. Cory Gardner, and even Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman, yielded to Washington’s status quo of shrill partisan politics. Both were quick in attacking Obama’s heartfelt albeit inadequate attempt to at least do something. Congress has done nothing but capitulate to political extortion exerted expertly by the National Rifle Association and others, thwarting the clear and unequivocal will of Americans.

Between 80 percent and 90 percent of Americans, including Republicans, back universal background checks for gun sales, which is exactly what Obama is trying to do after Congress has adamantly refused. Almost every one of Coffman’s and Gardner’s constituents want everyone who buys a gun to undergo a background check.

Instead, these two lawmakers jumped on the GOP jingoism bandwagon, saying that Obama “disrespects” the U.S. Constitution.

“This President has just demonstrated, once again, that he has no respect for representative government nor for the limitations that our Constitution places on the powers of his office,” Coffman said.

Gardner said Obama doesn’t respect the right of Americans to to own guns.

Red herring.

These arguments, like so many in the past, are meant to divert attention from discussion and action on what will effectively reduce gun violence, and how we can get there.

Disrespectful? No. Desperate? Yes. Mistaken? Maybe. The president’s ability to maneuver these changes is limited, but his argument has plenty of history and merit behind it. It’s an issue for the courts, and the partisan rhetoric fired off by Republicans spatters everyone in Aurora, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Arapahoe High School, and the site of every wretched place that gun violence continues to erupt.

Parents of children slaughtered in Newtown and Aurora don’t disrespect America, the government or even Congress. They just want something done so other parents don’t have go through what they have. Obama’s plan is hardly the answer to the crisis, but it offers a new chance to find one.

When Colorado passed similar legislation after the Aurora theater shooting, we expressed staunch support for the common sense plan, and grave reservations about how much of an impact it would have.

Similarly, we doubt Obama’s impassioned gesture will directly have any great impact on America’s epidemic of gun violence. Congress, under the thumb of gun manufacturers and the NRA, won’t even allow the government to study the problem to better pose possible solutions. And there are numerous ways forward.

If it were clear that buying large amounts of ammunition or military-grade weapons, or requiring their registration and license, would have drawn authorities to Holmes and stopped him, would you sanction such policy? It would be hard not to.

The notion that there can be no regulation of the Second Amendment is not only laughably erroneous, it’s repugnant and spurious. Like all rights, these can and must be tempered with common sense and reality. Widespread and easily acquired military weaponry is a disaster in the making, a disaster we’ve lived right here in Aurora. Americans arguably have a right to own and use guns, but that right shouldn’t be unfettered and isn’t.

Aurora, Colorado and America have had enough of the partisan political circus that has prevented the country from addressing the crisis of gun violence. While Washington plays at petty political sniping, the country is dying for real answers.

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pchild57
pchild57
7 years ago

Obama = heartfelt
Coffman/Gardner – heartless

jobeth johnson
jobeth johnson
7 years ago

Well considered and well stated. THANK YOU!

Cherokee Purple
Cherokee Purple
7 years ago
Reply to  jobeth johnson

That’s today’s journalism propaganda for you.

ryecatcher
ryecatcher
7 years ago

It is. I’ll be. Today’s journalism propaganda! Catchy.

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Kimpconnell1
7 years ago
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gofastgo
gofastgo
7 years ago

And we conservatives, have ‘had enough’ of partisan, liberal, Socialist of wide reaching executive orders. America is now the country to laugh at, to be taken as a side note, not to take much stock in. Iran deal? Do any on you lefties have any idea of how laughable it is? Probably not. You bow and scrap, to the words of the ‘commander in chief’, the biggest joke perpetrated on America in my many years on Earth.

I am past dislike for this bunch, they do nothing to improve, distinguish or honor America, but only place any blame there may be on the greatest country in the world today.

Cherokee Purple
Cherokee Purple
7 years ago
Reply to  gofastgo

Either the Constitution matters or it doesn’t. Either we are free people or we aren’t. Personally I will die a free man, whether in chains, a cage, or breathing free American air after our victory…

ryecatcher
ryecatcher
7 years ago

Good luck with that! You’re gonna need it when the shooting starts. You will indeed die if you choose to shoot it out with the feds. I’m not sure what your whining over the Constitution is about.

By the way. Where did you lift the “die a free man” quote.

Cherokee Purple
Cherokee Purple
7 years ago
Reply to  ryecatcher

Sorry to break your delusional bubble , but I don’t own firearms and didn’t say anything about shoot outs !??

ryecatcher
ryecatcher
7 years ago

You don’t own guns! Wow! Good for you. What exactly were you trying to say with the free man breathing free air quote. Sounds like wing nut speak to me. What matters in the Constitution in your opinion? I can hardly wait for your answer.

Cherokee Purple
Cherokee Purple
7 years ago
Reply to  ryecatcher

What document in the worlds history is more important than the US Constitution and the accountability of government to law? No citizen is secure unless government is accountable to the Constitution and to law. It is not an absurd idea that American’s are now more threatened by an this unaccountable government that can illegally detail them, torture them, and throw them in prison for life without due process or any accountability whatsoever (The NDAA Act). Under Bush/Obama, the U.S. has returned to the unaccountable power of Caesars, czars, and autocrats.

ryecatcher
ryecatcher
7 years ago

Another conspiracy theorist and alex jones lap dog I see. Tell me. Where on earth does your ilk dream up these loony conceptions of government. Listening to idiots like jones, limbag and dopey mark levine types.

Be careful now. You may be arrested by government employed Park Rangers using secret surveillance devices to monitor your movements while visiting the Grand Canyon National Park. God forbid they would torture you and heave you over the edge. What have we come too.

Caesars, czars and autocrats. I can’t stop laughing.

Cherokee Purple
Cherokee Purple
7 years ago
Reply to  ryecatcher

Okay ? If you just want to insult then I won’t waste anymore time . And just because you have your head up your butt and can’t pay attention to what is going on in the world around you doesn’t mean the rest of us share your handicap.

ryecatcher
ryecatcher
7 years ago

You’re insulted? Poor baby! Perhaps if you removed your head from your anal regions you would not be so easily insulted.

Have a nice day pee wee.

ryecatcher
ryecatcher
7 years ago
Reply to  gofastgo

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Frank2525
Frank2525
7 years ago
Reply to  ryecatcher

You are a fool, and will prove it by now jumping my case again. But you too will die, ryecatcher, and be sure to have someone in your family tell us where you are buried. We all will want to know where you are, before you go to visit your final destination. Now prove me right, by telling me I maligned you.

ryecatcher
ryecatcher
7 years ago
Reply to  Frank2525

You’re maligned yet again. Most fools are easily maligned and you’re no exception I’m afraid.

I’ll be buried in Ft Logan. Anything else?

Frank2525
Frank2525
7 years ago
Reply to  ryecatcher

So you were one of those guard house lawyers that hung out at end of bar, which I avoided for most of my 26 years career. Found too many there in my early years as NCO, to avoid. Which left me more time to manage the projects and programs that accomplished something.

ryecatcher
ryecatcher
7 years ago
Reply to  Frank2525

Yes we know. You’ve told us again and again and again.

Henry
Henry
7 years ago
Reply to  ryecatcher

ryecatcher…do ever have an actual point to make? I ask because all you seem to do is throw childish insults around. I don’t know you, but you kind of make yourself look foolish on here.

ryecatcher
ryecatcher
7 years ago
Reply to  Henry

Henry. What is your point? I ask because all you seem to be able to do is ask foolish questions making yourself look stupid.

You got one thing right! You don’t know me.

Henry
Henry
7 years ago
Reply to  ryecatcher

Well there you go again, thanks for the answer, though not direct.

ryecatcher
ryecatcher
7 years ago
Reply to  Henry

You’re welcome, though not direct.

gofastgo
gofastgo
7 years ago

I can only hope enough thinking people vote this year, and once again bring back common sense solutions, not teary-eyed, emotion filled rhetoric of a party that believes, ‘what can government do for you?’

ryecatcher
ryecatcher
7 years ago
Reply to  gofastgo

“Thinking people”? Like goo man maybe. I can’t stop laughing.

tintinnabulator
tintinnabulator
7 years ago
Reply to  ryecatcher

Try laughing less and thinking more.

ryecatcher
ryecatcher
7 years ago

Laughter is good for the soul especially when it’s done at the expense of a idiot like gofastgo.

Have a nice day.

ky
ky
7 years ago

You call yourself conservative, I call you radical unAmericans.

Law Abiding Citizen
Law Abiding Citizen
7 years ago

What are military-grade weapons?

I Know More Than You
I Know More Than You
7 years ago

Military grade would be a weapon approved for use by the military. I believe one classification would be a fully automatic weapon, which has not been used in a single one of these shootings. You must also have a license for these and it is near impossible for any common person to get. Many of our politicians do not understand the difference between the two distinct classifications.

Weapons in these shootings have always been semi-automatic, meaning one shot per pull of the trigger. This is no difference from a glock or any other police issued handgun. The military “style” that they are referring to simply looks like an M16.

Question to the editor: You state “If it were clear that buying large amounts of ammunition or military-grade weapons, or requiring their registration and license, would have drawn authorities to Holmes and stopped him, would you sanction such policy?”. Can you define “large amounts”, “military-grade” and what registration and licensing would entail?

Sue Cole
Sue Cole
7 years ago

Great Editorial! Right to the heart of GOP/NRA distortion of the facts. Do nothing and more die!

I Know More Than You
I Know More Than You
7 years ago
Reply to  Sue Cole

I think you are confusing the fact that the executive order will do nothing. More will die anyway whether you pass these laws or not since they don’t actually do anything. All they do is make you feel like they have done something.

There are billions of guns out there already and you have no idea who has them. Murder is already illegal. Banning access to a tool to commit a crime that is already illegal isn’t going to prevent it. All it does is say this person committed TWO crimes instead of ONE. The action of murder still happens regardless of how the weapon is obtained.

Aldo Elmnight
Aldo Elmnight
7 years ago

“The notion that there can be no regulation of the Second Amendment is not only laughably erroneous, it’s repugnant and spurious. Like all rights, these can and must be tempered with common sense and reality. Widespread and easily acquired military weaponry is a disaster in the making, a disaster we’ve lived right here in Aurora. Americans arguably have a right to own and use guns, but that right shouldn’t be unfettered and isn’t.”

The Fed Gov can ONLY do what is enumerated in the Constitution, If it is not there then the Fed Gov can not do it. The Fed Gov has no enumerated power to restrict the ownership of firearms. In fact the Constitution explicitly forbids the Fed Gov from making any laws regarding firearms and their ownership by individuals. ALL federal gun laws are unconstitutional and illegal. A right cannot be restricted or regulated by a government. That is what makes it a right. A militia is a group of private citizens who are using their privately owned weapons. So the 2nd amendment protects the natural right of individuals to own “military-grade” weapons. An interesting fact is that the Supreme Court ruled the 1934 National Firearms Act was constitutional because it did not restrict the ownership of weapons used by the average infantryman and therefore did not violate the 2nd amendment. As for using the blood of innocents to call for your totalitarian and unlawful firearms restrictions I leave you with this quote: “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” William Pitt