Full transcript here, but the important part is this:
Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?
Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?
There’s a problem to this. Obama is anti-gun. He has been since he advocated a total ban on handguns when he was in Illinois. The “politics are too hard” argument is because he faces resistance from some Republicans and a few Democrats who listen to their constituents.
Violence visited against children, like violence against adults, can be stopped. The Israelis prevent it every day. Kids are not traumatized.
The Second Amendment, and modern firearms, are necessary.
I’ve told the story about my Russian professor, how she lamented Columbine, but how when asked about the disappearances of intellectuals in her country by government agents, suddenly understood. Any death by violent maniacs is a tragedy. Disarming a population, to subject them to violence by the government, is ultimately a million tragedies – one that becomes so overpowering that it becomes a statistic. My professor understood because a professor of hers when she was a student was “disappeared” by the government. She understood that in a painful way that yes, there is a price for liberty – and we can, should, and must do things about lunatics abusing liberty. The problem is that the loss of liberty and freedom results in a total loss of liberty and freedom in the long run.
She understood what Benjamin Franklin said about liberty:
Those that sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither, and will lose both.
Unless, by some bizarre one in a million chance that Obama means the “price of freedom” by how we quit institutionalizing lunatics decades ago due to corruption at one or two institutions and instead medicate them and send them off into the world to be dangers to themselves and others. If he meant that, he’d find everybody behind him, myself included. Of course, he doesn’t, because it’s easier to attack an inanimate object it is to make judgements about people; even if that inanimate object is ultimately a tool used far more often for freedom and liberty than for tyranny.
Update: And by the way, Obama let funding for school security lapse:
Beneath the expressions of grief, sorrow and disbelief over the Connecticut school massacre lies an uneasy truth in Washington: over the last few years the Obama administration and Congress quietly let federal funding for several key school security programs lapse in the name of budget savings.
Government officials told the Washington Guardian on Friday night that two Justice Department programs that had provided more than $200 million to schools for training, security equipment and police resources over the last decade weren’t renewed in 2011 and 2012, and that a separate program that provided $800 million to put police officers inside the schools was ended a few years earlier.