I think the biggest thing that has me upset about this new push for gun control is that it is being done by the same administration responsible for Operation Fast and Furious.
Questions for the president: Did the shooter in Connecticut use a weapon like the 2,000 your Justice Dept. sold to Mexican drug gangs?
If "assault weapons" are too dangerous for the American public, why did your administration give them to the narco-terrorists?
Did they sell-high-capacity magazines as well?
How did that make us safer?
If one of those guns is used in a massacre, who is criminally liable?
Two years have passed since this scandal came to light and the same people hyping gun control over the death of two dozen people in Connecticut seems utterly uninterested about the U.S. government's complicity in the death of hundreds of innocent Mexican men, women and children.
One of the old arguments against gun control is that the government is no longer interested in enforcing the laws we have, so why add more? That argument just got a lot stronger.
How can he stand up there at the podium, how can his spokespeople stand up and say with a straight face that we need to look at gun laws when not one person has even been prosecuted for such a large-scale, blatant violation of the law?
Hell, we don't even know who authorized the program! It just sort of happened! Ask the Justice Dept. and they will tell you they are looking into it.
So why would anyone believe that if they were given more authority they would not abuse it? If I were paranoid, I might suggest that they would take a ban on high-capacity magazines and use it to selectively target some people for prosecution while leaving others alone - but they already beat me to the punch. It already happened.
It's all well and good to wish we could wave a magic wand and make evil go away. I for one would love to buy the world a Coke and teach it to sing in perfect harmony, but it isn't going to happen.
Good intentions are not enough to make a policy succeed and based on their actions, there is no reason to trust Eric Holder's Justice Dept.
SNYDER FOLDS: Well, that was not much a surprise. Gov. Rick Snyder's veto of updates to Michigan's still-inadequate concealed carry law will spare him some additional grief, but as a policy matter, it was a mistake.
We need to examine what works. Declaring certain areas "gun-free" without armed check points only invites mayhem. All the public attention to the matter coupled with the press once again turning a killer into a posthumus celebrity virtually guarantees another atrocity - regardless of what gun laws we pass.
THE REAL ISSUE: The problem is MENTAL HEALTH. These people are not sane and need treatment. Trying to take away guns will not work - they can get them on the street or they will use gasoline to burn the building down. These unfortunate people are the true lethal weapons and unless we do something about it, we will find them using new and inventive ways to express their psychological problems.