Emails from the Democrats

I had thought that my friends in the Democratic Party had forgotten all about me since I have hardly gotten an email from them since the election. I am happy to say that this is not this case. They need me to stand with Barack Obama in his fight against the nefarious NRA.

Breaking Washington Post Headline: “NRA planning ‘the fight of the century’”

friend — Today, we have the momentum to take monumental steps toward reducing gun violence.

But the NRA and their army of lobbyists are working to tear any proposal to shreds. If we don’t stand up to the NRA immediately, they will destroy our chance to stop gun brutality. But the window of opportunity is so small that I need you to act right now so it doesn’t slip away.

Sign the petition and denounce the NRA immediately. Stand with Democrats who want to reduce gun violence. Let’s get 100,000 signatures by midnight tonight!

The NRA will do anything to demolish common-sense gun laws. They even released a repulsive ad that calls President Obama an “elitist hypocrite,” and uses his children as political pawns.

If we want to reduce gun violence, we must stand united against the NRA. Add your name right away so we can reach 100,000 grassroots supporters by midnight tonight.

Thanks for your support,
Guy Cecil

I can think of many other groups that have armies of lobbyists and at least the NRA doesn’t pay for their political action by taking money from people who are compelled to be members as the labor unions do. In any case the reason the NRA is so politically powerful is not so much because they hire so many lobbyists but because so many Americans happen to agree with their position on the second amendment.

I have not seen the NRA ad, so I do not know if it is repulsive or not. President Obama is using other people’s children as political pawns so he is hardly in a position to complain. He does indeed come across as a elitist hypocrite by denying parents the same right to protect their children as he enjoys. The president’s children are in more danger than others of having some harm come to them because of who their father is and I am sure that no one begrudges them their protective detail from the Secret Service. However, other people’s children are in danger and if parents feel that their children would be safer with armed guards in their schools, the same privilege that all the students at Sidwell Friends School and other elite private schools enjoy, why shouldn’t they be permitted to have armed guards?

I also got a message from Jim Messina.

David —

Yesterday, President Obama announced his plan to protect our children and our communities by helping reduce gun violence.

We won’t stop every violent act like the one in Newtown, Connecticut. But if we can save the life of even one child, the President believes each of us has a responsibility to take action.

People like you spoke out and demanded action. Your input, along with ideas from leaders and policymakers across the political spectrum, went into the President’s plan.

Learn more about the plan, and say you stand with President Obama in tackling this critical issue.

Most gun owners use their guns safely and responsibly, and the President believes firmly in protecting our Second Amendment rights.

But common-sense changes can go a long way in keeping our streets and our schools safer — and there’s too much at stake to stand by and wait for action.

The President will not wait. Yesterday, he signed 23 executive actions to start moving our country in the right direction. And he’s calling on Congress to act on four legislative measures — closing background check loopholes, banning military-style assault weapons, making our schools safer, and increasing access to mental health services — right away.

Take a look at the President’s plan to reduce gun violence, and stand with him in support:

http://my.barackobama.com/Gun-Reform

More soon,

Messina

Jim Messina
Campaign Manager

Obama for America

I thought the campaign was over. This idea that if we can just can just save one life we should do it is truly dumb. There is no consideration here of any sort of cost/benefit analysis. The question to ask  is what benefits we gain from an action at what cost and if the benefits are worth the cost. There are a great many things we could do that would save lives. We could pass a national speed limit of 20 miles per hour. We could outlaw, not only all guns, but knives, clubs, and every sharp object. Setting up a North Korean style police state could save many lives. None of these measures would be worth the cost in freedom and difficulty of enforcing them.

This may seem like a cold, hard hearted way of looking at things, but each individual human life is not of infinite value. Anyone who has been responsible for creating safety measures knows that you have to balance the number of lives potentially saved against the increased costs that such measures will produce. Environmental regulations cannot be designed to remove all traces of pollutions but can only reduce the amount of pollution in the environment to acceptable levels. A policy that saves only one life is probably not the most effective policy.

Now, of course, to every parent, their children are of infinite value. That is understandable. Policies, however, ought not to made by emotional appeals and quick action but by carefully considering what works best with the most acceptable costs, in other words, the exact opposite of what President Obama and his supporters are doing.

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2 Responses to “Emails from the Democrats”

  1. ramanan50 Says:

    I have a read the Executive Orders of the President..
    I do not see any reason for the NRA crying foul.
    In my opinion the Advertisement is abhorrent, revolting and Obnoxious.
    As a matter of fact the President did not restrict the Gun Laws as I understood them(or is it that, I, a non American misunderstood the nuances?)
    The Gun Law Enforcement, till the President ‘s Orders ,by implication conveys the impression that Guns were available for every one including looneys, perverts and those who are not eligible to get them..
    The laws till thees EOs convey the impression that ‘It is clear that even basic checks were not made while issuing Guns,back checks are not reported if made,Review of Individuals to whom Guns have been issued,no adequate Laws to authorize the Authorities to run a back round check before the Guns are returned , no checks were in place to regulate the selling of guns by Arms dealers…!
    It appears that the US, till now, has been a Wild West!”
    If children were to remain safe it is more by instilling values system including the one of respecting Lives and imbibing family values,giving up Living as one pleases under the garb of Freedom.
    It does not need Guns to kill people, if one wants to.
    PS.I recall Kennedy’s attempt at reigning in the Gun Lobby and greedy Corporate.
    JFK paid with his Life.

    • David Hoffman Says:

      There are already laws in place to prevent felons and people with a history of mental illness from getting guns. They don’t work all that well because there is nothing to prevent felons and crazy people from stealing guns or obtaining them illegally. Nothing that the president has done or wants to do will change that.
      The US is hardly a Wild West and in fact crime has been declining. Oddly, the increasing availability of concealed carry permits for private citizens has not caused the crime rate to increase and has not led to shootouts on every street corner.
      The NRA is afraid that whatever steps President Obama takes is only the first step of a process that will eventually lead to banning all guns for Americans. Considering that that is what has happened in Great Britain, in which one “reasonable” gun control law was passed after another until the British were complete disarmed, I would say that the NRA has good reason to be afraid.
      Teaching children to respect each other and to respect life would do a lot more good than any laws that could ever be passed. Unfortunately, our rotten popular culture is teaching kids the opposite message.
      John F. Kennedy was shot by a communist admirer of Fidel Castro. I do not recall him ever pushing for any gun laws.
      Thank you for your comments.

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