Letters to the editor — Thursday (5-16-2013)
Administration shows more hypocrisy on gun violence
I watched President Obama’s speech while he was in Mexico the other day, and I heard him apologizing for America (again) when he said “most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the U.S. ... I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people.“
This is disgraceful. It was his own administration that conducted the secret operation “Fast and Furious,” arranging the sale of 2,000 firearms (many of them assault weapons) from Arizona gun shops to Mexican drug cartels. I followed this story closely after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry became one of the hundreds of people murdered with these guns. I continued following it as the administration accused gun-shops of recklessly selling guns to the cartels, never admitting that they, the administration officials themselves, were responsible.
I followed it as they pursued tough anti-gun legislation, which was obviously the goal all along; hundreds of murders can really help to get gun laws enacted. But despite the media’s best efforts, the lies were exposed. Obama finally invoked executive privilege so that he and his attorney general wouldn’t have to answer for their actions.
Over these past two weeks, I’ve read some letters to the editor from people who were outraged that the Senate voted down the background checks bill. But in reality, this bill was politically motivated; it could never reduce gun violence. Otherwise, it would’ve come up during the four years that Democrats controlled both houses of Congress (2006-2010). Congress inserted educational finance reform into the health-care law. Why didn’t they do that with gun-control legislation?
They had plenty of motivation. During those four years that Democrats controlled Congress, approximately 300 school-aged black children in Chicago were killed with guns. But you’ll notice that nobody appeared “outraged” until 20 school-children, mostly white, were murdered at Sandy Hook.
— Steve Pender