There are other parents.
As the Senate considers various species of gun ban, the president has brought in the parents of children sadly murdered in Newtown, Conn., to lobby for his legislation.
These poor people are supposed to bring a perspective to the members of Congress that only they can offer.
But there are other parents and there are other perspectives.
And maybe they should be heard, too.
Sadly, we live in a world where one party at least will blatantly exploit dead children to advance its longstanding political agenda. Heartbreaking human tragedies are prostituted to sick political ambition.
The Democrats want to disarm the American people, and the murdered children of Sandy Hook Elementary were not even cold yet before the first leftist politicians were on television carping about gun bans.
It’s that way tragedy after tragedy, mass murder after mass murder. In the Democratic Party’s effort to gut the Second Amendment, the Adam Lanzas of the world play an important supporting role.
And so Air Force One was sent, at taxpayer expense, to fly these shattered parents to Washington to be shilled for the likes of Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer. The audio-visual wing of the Democratic Party, the network television news operations, have stuck a camera in every face and broadcast far and wide the call to save children by killing freedom.
Our hearts bleed for these parents.
And we respect their view and their right to express it.
But they are not the only parents.
And theirs is not the only view.
Perhaps this debate should carry forward with the voices of some other parents brought to bear.
For example, perhaps we would understand the debate over gun banning better if we heard from the parents whose children have died to protect freedom.
If registration schemes and gun bans and magazine caps are restrictions on a constitutional liberty – and they are – perhaps we should hear from parents whose children have died in defense of constitutional liberty.
Maybe Air Force One should fly across the country and bring to Washington the parents of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who have died in America’s service. Each one of those warriors raised an arm and swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. They kept that oath, at the expense of their lives.
If the Second Amendment is protected with blood – and it is – then if the Congress if considering infringing it, maybe its members should hear from the parents of the men and women whose blood they are washing away.
If you are going to nullify parts of the Constitution, it might be good to hear what the families of people who died to defend the Constitution think.
If they died to defend liberty, maybe the Democrats can explain to their parents why they are now legislating against liberty.
These parents were handed a flag by an officer saying the words, “On behalf of a grateful nation.” Perhaps the Democrat gun banners can now explain to them that, after all, the nation wasn’t really that grateful.
If the Democrats insist on tearing down freedom – and they are – then they ought to look into the face of families whose children died defending freedom and hear what they have to say about it.
That would be fair.
But I don’t expect it to happen.
This isn’t about listening to the American people, this is about stage managing grief and horror for political advantage.
Another group who ought to be heard from are the parents and children of people who have legally used a gun to save themselves and their families.
Each day across America, law-abiding gun-owning citizens use firearms to repel rapists, robbers and murderers.
The store of guns is not just lives lost, but lives saved. It is not just the criminals who engage in violence who define the gun issue, it is the citizens who defend lives and property.
For each old woman who chases a rapist from her bedroom, or young mother who defends her children, or each businessman able to come home to his family, there ought to be a tally made. A reminder that it’s not the tool, it’s how it’s used.
And, yes, gun violence is high, in areas that tend to vote for Democrats. But in the rest of America, gun violence is low, and untold tens of millions of Americans own and use firearms legally, responsibly and at great benefit to the safety of their families and communities.
If you are going to count those killed by criminals with guns, you must also count those saved by citizens with guns.
Those people’s voices should be heard in this debate as well.
But they won’t.
Because this isn’t democracy.
This is a dog and pony show. A con job. A sham put on by people whose ultimate aim is the limiting of constitutional liberty.