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January 8, 2013

CONFER: Children dying is nothing new to U.S.

Niagara Gazette — Our government and the supporters of what it has become have been using the Newtown Massacre as in inroad to taking our guns or severely limiting access to them.

Take Gov. Andrew Cuomo for example. During a recent appearance on an Albany radio station he said, “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.”

Then there’s President Obama, who has been using the bully pulpit as means to demonize gun owners and the Second Amendment and was given a free pass to overstep the legal bounds of the Presidency by Reuters, which in a recent widely distributed article said, “Even without Congress, Obama could act to restrict guns,” echoing sentiments of most Americans who don’t understand the Constitution.

Given the hypocritical nature of our government, how can anyone take seriously the reasons for the crusade du jour, this attempt to disarm Americans “for the sake of the children?” I can’t, because what I do take seriously is the threat that our government poses to its children and others around the globe with gun in hand — and even without:

• In 2011, President Obama ordered a hit on American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. The individual, who had did not belong to al-Qaeda and whose bad luck was that he was the son of a terrorist whom we hadn’t seen in two years, was killed by a drone attack in Yemen. No due process of law. No trial. How old was al-Awlaki? 16. A child.

• According to the United Nations, the war in Afghanistan killed or wounded 578 children in the first six months of 2012. Two-thirds of the victims of US and NATO air strikes in Afghanistan during that same time span were women and children. Those statistics are similar to the horrors of the Iraq War in which 120,000 civilians were killed, of which 37 percent were attributable to the United States and its allies.

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