What I wish President Obama would saySubmitted by dwalters on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:35
This is what I would say if I were President:
"In the wake of the Sandy Hook and Aurora shootings, emotions have - understandably - ran high. I too have felt sadness and have grieved for the victims, their families, and those close to them. When such events occur, it is only natural to ask the question - "How can we prevent these type of things from happening again?"
However, as President of the United States, it is my obligation to not act hastily on emotional whim but, instead, to contemplate potential solutions based on sound reason and adherence with the rule of law.
Upon entering the office of the Presidency, I took an oath that which I intend to uphold and remain faithful. In that oath I swore that I would 'to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.'
The Constitution of Our great nation was constructed with diligent foresight and respect for pertinent history on the part of the Founders. Also taking into account their personal experiences from their separation with England, the Founders created a document to limit the power of the federal government. In that document - in Our Constitution - the Second Amendment reads:
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
It is beyond my capacity and would be in blatant dereliction to my oath as the President of the United States to modify or nullify this Law in any way. Given the nature of my Post, a sufficient reason does not exist to claim that the Constitution - or any part thereof - has become too inconvenient to follow given my political aspirations or agendas.
I cannot dictate orders in opposition to the Constitution. To do so would be - by definition - tyrannical, and I am not a tyrant nor do I wish to be.
So, it is with regret to my human desires and parental instincts, that I cannot infringe on the rights of lawful gun owners. It is not within my power to ban semi-automatic weapons, and reason leads me to believe that prohibition would not be effective in any case. It is my duty to have respect for the law of the land and to only seek solutions within the bounds placed on my Office.
This fact aside, there are avenues that we can pursue in efforts to minimize the number of these seemingly mindless, murderous acts that may occur in the future. Let it be known, however, that no government has the ability to provide absolute protection.
It has come to my attention that the class of drugs known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors - SSRIs - may have a connection to the violence that has been inflicted on our children and people in recent times. Perhaps we as a society should seek other means to pacify our children than giving them a pill to mask their emotions or to drain their 'excess' energy. Besides, it is in the nature of children to be hyper and from time-to-time cry over spilled milk or say undesirable things out of emotion.
In addition, government schools should individually seek solutions. American ingenuity is only hindered by the mandates of those that think they can micromanage and plan every aspect of a society. Some schools may seek to have additional human security present while others may decide to install intercom and entrance restriction systems. It is not in the American spirit to centrally plan those elements of society that can be handled much more efficiently and effectively on a local level.
While Aurora and Sandy Hook still weigh heavily on my mind, I urge Americans to seek innovative and decentralized solutions. After all, that is what has made Our country exceptional and what separates Our form of government from others around the globe.
My heart and mind is with you.
...but I'm not going to hold my breath for President Obama to say anything close to this.