Star Parker

We ought to get perspective on the real nature of the most recent push on gun control, initiated out of the White House.

This is classic bait-and-switch politics, characterized by what current Chicago mayor, and former Obama chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel once called “never let a crisis go to waste.”

That is, never forgo an opportunity to exploit the emotions produced by a crisis or tragedy to further a pre-existing political agenda.

This has been sadly and transparently the case with this latest round of gun control politics.

One target of convenience in this round of “never let a crisis go to waste” is New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte.

Senator Ayotte sticks in the craw of the left because real conservatives are not supposed to get elected in New England.

But Ayotte, the lone Republican in New Hampshire’s 4 member Congressional delegation, elected in 2010 to take the seat of Republican Judd Gregg who retired, is a conservative.

She was a tough-on-crime prosecutor in New Hampshire and is staunchly pro-life.

As New Hampshire’s attorney general she appealed to the Supreme Court a federal district court decision, which found New Hampshire’s abortion parental notification law unconstitutional, and personally argued the case. This despite opposition of New Hampshire’s then-Democratic governor John Lynch.

She is a staunch supporter of traditional marriage, traditional values, and limited government.

In a state which went for Barack Obama in 2012 and has been in the Democrat column in five of six of the last presidential elections, it is no surprise that Democrats have drawn a target on the back of a conservative like Ayotte.

So the political barrage from the left has been pouring in attacking her for her vote against the Manchin-Toomey bill, which provided for new, expanded background checks on gun purchases. The bill fell 6 votes short of the 60 votes it needed to move forward in the Senate.

The Manchin-Toomey bill was problematic for a number of reasons, one of which was weakness in its supposed provision against setting up a national gun registry.

Ayotte supported an alternative measure sponsored by Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley and she has sponsored legislation which focuses on the mental health aspects of this problem.

The real issue here, and why Ayotte and those who have been in opposition to rote expansion of current gun control law should be viewed as heroes, is bait-and-switch.

The tragic Sandy Hook murders that provoked these new initiatives to expand gun control would have never been stopped by anything being proposed.


Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.