Imagine if what happened in a Boston suburb last night happened in your neighborhood.
It's after dark when police, the FBI and the National Guard swoop in and block off a square mile of your neighborhood. With bullhorns they tell you to stay in your homes, lock the doors.
Police are searching for an unknown number of suspects who two days earlier bombed a public square. They are armed with guns and bombs and police believe they are somewhere in your neighborhood.
In that situation, would you rather have a gun in your house with which you are proficient, or not?
If President Obama and a number of liberal Democrats had their way this week, a piece of gun-control legislation would have passed that would have led to just that -- a more restrictive America when it comes to gun ownership with the aim of making it very, very hard for citizens to protect themselves in their own homes.
President Obama's gun-control legislation failed this week. It was a good thing. Because what he and the ever-devolving Sen. Harry Reid tried to do was exploit the national tragedy at Newtown and parlay it in to their agenda of making gun ownership more and more restrictive. This was the beginning piece of legislation, according to supporters, that would have been expanded later.
Never let a crisis go to waste, as this administration is infamous for having once said.
After the loss, President Obama whined and stamped his feet, saying that his opponents "willfully lied". That was, of course, a lie in itself. As this editorial correctly pointed out: "In truth, the Manchin-Toomey amendment didn’t pass because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, fearful that a GOP amendment relaxing concealed-carry laws might pass, insisted that all amendments would need 60 votes. The background check Obama railed about mustered but 54."
These trying days of terrorism, however, bring home the need for all American households to easily have the option of gun ownership.
What President Obama and Sen. Harry Reid ought to be doing is finding ways for more American households to be trained in responsible gun ownership and use.