Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cal Thomas: Obama and Joaquin, Two Forces of Nature

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cal Thomas: Obama and Joaquin, Two Forces of Nature

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Hurricane Joaquin dumped large amounts of rain on the East Coast, but another "force of nature" flooded the country with so much rhetoric it was difficult for most people to keep up.

Before barely any facts were known, there was President Obama on camera making a 12-minute address about the school shootings in Roseburg, Ore.

Obama talked about the need for "common sense" gun laws, and yet in the case of the Oregon shootings, as in so many other similar tragedies, he never mentions the responsibility and moral guilt of the shooter.

Someone intent on killing other human beings will not be deterred by more gun laws. Law-breaking is what criminals do; otherwise they would be law-abiders, a word that applies to responsible gun owners. And those "gun free zones" are just advertisements to potential killers not to expect armed opposition to their shooting spree. One might as well replace a sign warning that your home has an alarm with one that says the door is unlocked, come in and take what you like.

Perhaps the president might consider telling us what law, short of gun confiscation, would prevent, or substantially reduce, gun violence. He won't, because as he admitted, he wants to "politicize" the Oregon shooting.

And what of the mentally ill? The Oregon shooter's neighbors recognized that something was a little off about him, but no one said anything to authorities. Would more gun laws have broken their silence? Every last gun in the shooter's arsenal, according to reports, was legally acquired. Would another law or two or three have made a significant difference?

Responding to reporters' questions at the White House Friday, the president said he would not sign another continuing resolution to avoid a government "shutdown" now to come just before Christmas. He chastised Congress for its failure to pass a budget, ignoring the real obstructionists, the Democrats, with their filibusters and manipulation of Senate rules. …

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