The Newton school massacre has created so great a rush for more gun control that language and logic have been left behind. Joe Lieberman tried to say something or other:
“These events are happening more frequently,” Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut, said here before the service began, “and I worry that if we don’t take a thoughtful look at them, we’re going to lose the pain, the hurt and the anger that we have now.”
We're going to lose the pain, and he says that like its a bad thing. Huh? A bit more:
Mr. Lieberman, who is retiring, called for a national commission on mass violence, the reinstatement of a ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004 and tighter background checks on gun purchasers. “If you go to a gun show, or buy a gun from some antique dealer, you’re not checked at all,” he said.
Current background checks would have had no impact on the Newton shooting - the shooter's mother owned the guns legally.
Mayor Bloomberg seemed to have something in mind as well, but the thought didn't make the complete trip from brain to mouth:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, appearing on the NBC program “Meet the Press,” all but demanded that Mr. Obama confront the prevalence of firearms in the nation. Mr. Bloomberg, an independent who gave his support to the president shortly before the November election partly on the basis of gun control, bluntly said he expected more of Mr. Obama.
“It’s time for the president to stand up and lead,” he said. “This should be his No. 1 agenda. He’s president of the United States. And if he does nothing during his second term, something like 48,000 Americans will be killed with illegal guns” in the next year.
"Killed with illegal guns"? As a reference point, the victims in Newton were killed with legal guns, so his distinction baffles me.
Secodly, per the most recent CDC statistics (p. 81 of 117) there were 31,347 firearm related fatalities in 2009. That figure breaks down to roughly 19,000 suicides, 500 accidents, and 12,000 homicides (some presumably justified). It may be that if Obama does nothing then 48,000 firearm related homicides will occur over the next four years of his term, not next year. As to how many of those homicides will be with "illegal" guns, well, Mike only knows.
And since I have the death chart in front of me, I notice there are 24,792 deaths due to unintentional falls reported for 2009. I hope Mayor Bloomberg pressures President Obama to get out in front of (or underneath?) this problem with a strong national program of ladder control.
And speaking of our President, let's note his call for more and better government:
Mr. Obama said that he will use the power of his office to confront the spate of shootings that have claimed so many lives. He was not specific, but he made it clear that he will pursue change in the face of political opposition that has stopped new gun laws for years.
“I’ll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens,” he said, “in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. Because what choice do we have?”
Mr. Obama said the nation is failing at what he called “our first task,” which he said was to care for the children of the nation.
“It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right,” he said, asking: “Can we truly say, as a nation, that we are meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we are doing enough to keep our children — all of them — safe from harm?”
Mr. Obama asked whether the nation is doing enough to give all children a chance at a good life with “happiness and with purpose.”
“If we are honest with ourselves, the answer is no,” he said. “We are not doing enough, and we will have to change.”
I am highly confident that when he says it, "we will have to change" means that Obama has been right all along and it is time for the bitter-clingers and neanderthals to come to his light and get with the program.