Paul Jacob

Shall we use reason in debating and deciding our laws? Or better to employ only our emotion?

According to much of Washington officialdom (and media) the answer is: emotion.

“I want to make sure every American is listening today,” President Barack Obama said last week, reminding his audience of the Newtown school shooting, where last December a young mentally-ill man murdered 20 children and six adults. “Less than 100 days ago that happened. And the entire country was shocked. And the entire country pledged we would do something about it and that this time would be different.”

“Shame on us if we’ve forgotten,” added the president.

Of course, Mr. Obama is ever-so-slightly over-stating his case that somehow “the entire country pledged” to support his and California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s plethora of new gun regulations, including banning certain firearms. That doesn’t even quite jive with his incessant demonizing of the National Rifle Association and the supposedly all-powerful “gun lobby” as the forces blocking change (and lacking any redeeming human emotion).

In fact, Obama’s featured fealty to feelings was in deliberate response to polling, which shows support for stricter gun control laws has dropped precipitously — from 57 percent of Americans immediately after the shooting at the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school to just 47 percent now. In fact, 50 percent in that same CBS News poll question want gun laws “Kept as they are” or made “Less strict.”

Last week, even before Obama’s emotional plea to embrace American emotionalism, I informed the rational readers of my Common Sense e-letter not to fret about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg blowing $12 million to launch attack ads against U.S. Senators in 13 states, who are unsupportive of the mayor’s and the president’s gun-grabbing agenda.

Apparently, Mayor Bloomberg isn’t satisfied breaking his term limits pledge like a dictator, or outlawing soft drinks like a nanny; he feels it necessary, and even public-spirited, to also undermine our Second Amendment rights.

On this issue, this time, at least, he’s spending his own money.


Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.