Politicizing the tragedy at Sandy Hook

Even before the first funerals, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has said she will reintroduce her rebuked Assault Weapons Ban. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2012 ― It was an easy bet to make: Power-hungry zealots on the left would be the first to politicize the murders of 27 innocent people in Connecticut.

Even before the first funerals, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has said she will reintroduce her failed Assault Weapons Ban, in effect and ineffective in recent times. She still thinks that crazy murderers will cease to exist if high-capacity magazines and black rifles are taken from non-crazy non-murders.

The senator is feeding her base, which has always been fanatical about removing sharp edges from everything. She is again ignoring the constitutional imperative that such a ban requires a formal amendment, and her colleagues in both chambers and the White House, along with uneducated people in the media, will cite the precedent of our last forays into such willful disregard of our fundamental law.

In fact, we’ve lost the Constitutional imperative altogether in the name of “democracy,” as if a majority vote somehow makes anything legal. The foundation and framework of our system of law are simply ignored, as precedent has trumped the law and its process.

As recently as the last century, Congress knew, for example, that banning production of alcoholic beverages required a constitutional amendment. When you consider that the “right to keep and have alcohol” wasn’t specifically protected by the Constitution, the actions taken nearly a hundred years ago demonstrate a much finer appreciation for the limits of Congressional power than we see today. Now, all we have to do is get a bunch of largely unqualified, legally and historically ignorant lawmakers to agree to ban something, and it’s done; the Constitution be damned.

Maybe Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s curse (“God damn America!”), like his acolyte in the White House, is truly coming down on America. We voted for it. We deserve it. And now we’re getting it.

When a politician immediately climbs up on twenty dead children to promote her own agenda, we’re in big trouble. Precedent be damned – we’re better than that.

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Tim Kern taught economics for fifteen years, and discovered that understanding life is easy; it’s recognizing reality that takes practice. He holds a music degree, and later earned an MBA in finance from Northwestern University. He has lived across the US, and now makes his home in Anderson, Indiana.

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