Brian Darling
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“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

That’s what Rahm Emanuel, then-Chief of Staff to President-elect Barack Obama said after the 2008 election. Apparently, exploiting the tragic shootings in Colorado is no exception. The president is considering ideas that would erode your Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms,” calling for “common sense” gun control in a speech to the National Urban League Convention last week.

The mayor of New York City and organizer of Mayors Against Illegal Guns wasted no time in arguing that Obama and Republican hopeful Mitt Romney need to answer the question, “What are they going to do about guns?”

Information in the public domain indicates that these attacks may have been planned for months and that the alleged killer sent a package to the University of Colorado on July 12 that may have documented his plan. He may have had a Batman poster on his wall at home and identified himself as an evil character in a Batman movie. Also, the alleged perpetrator may have amassed an arsenal of bombs, guns and ammunition to prepare for the attacks.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a strong advocate against Second Amendment rights, wasted no time in filing Senate Amendment 2575 to the Senate cyber security legislation expected to be debated this week. MSNBC describes the amendment as legislation “to ban high-capacity gun magazines that allow shooters to fire off multiple rounds in quick succession.” Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are co-sponsoring this amendment.
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Brian Darling

Brian Darling is a Senior Fellow in Government Studies at the Heritage Foundation. Follow him on Twitter @BrianHDarling