Dear Mr. Obama:
You cried and I was not impressed.
Perhaps it would be easier to accept your sudden display of emotion if you had expressed one single emotion about the myriad of tragedies that have littered your â€śhistoricalâ€ť presidency. Instead, youâ€™ve been a cyborg for the last seven years. Now that you want to violate the Constitution (again), youâ€™ve suddenly found some compassion.
I have news for you. You arenâ€™t the only one who feels sadness at the horrific loss of life at the hands of people like the Sandy Hook shooter. One can be fully supportive of our intrinsic right to bear arms and be free of government oversight, and still believe that loss of innocent life is tragic and evil. In fact, I would say those of us who are law-abiding (which would describe about 99.9 percent of gun owners in America) understand the depth of such a tragedy even more-so than someone like yourself, and abhor it accordingly. Thatâ€™s because if youâ€™re a legal gun owner in this country, that means youâ€™ve followed the laws, you respect the laws, and you respect the power and presence of a weapon so much that you are willing to take the great pains forced upon you to comply with the law. To see anyone misuse a tool that has launched revolutions and secured freedom for millions (perhaps billions) over the years is deeply grieving to people who respect the history and responsibility of guns in America. If you want to see an almost religious reverence for safe, proper, legal use of guns, I challenge you to head down to a gun shop or attend an NRA event. Do some homework.
No normal person, gun owner or not, has failed to feel deep sadness and grief over the loss of those children in Sandy Hook. Your constant implications that anyone who defends the Second Amendment does not are grossly offensive.
Sure, you seem like a nice enough guy. Weâ€™ve spoken and Iâ€™ll forever be grateful for the Valentineâ€™s Day executive order you issued to my husband. That doesnâ€™t change what Iâ€™ve observed about you as a leader and itâ€™s this: you are not moved by anything that doesnâ€™t serve your political agenda. I may not believe the solution to a terrorist attack in San Bernardino is to disarm would-be victims, but that doesnâ€™t mean I canâ€™t sympathize and weep with the father who lost his daughter to Muslim terrorism and now wants to ban guns. I understand the response, even if I think itâ€™s the worst option.
You, on the other hand, donâ€™t seem to possess the ability to empathize with Americans who donâ€™t share your frame of mind and thatâ€™s what makes your tears feel so disingenuous. Perhaps if you had cried when thanking the soldiers who lost life and limb to search for Bowe Bergdahl, the deserter you violated national policy and tradition forâ€¦
Maybe if you had seemed even the slightest bit disturbed at the murder and abandonment of our own embassy personnel and their security team in Benghaziâ€¦
Maybe if you had been able to shed a tear when you heard of what was done to Ambassador Stevens before and after he diedâ€¦
Maybe if you had cried for any of the victims of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, or the terrorist attack on the Tennessee recruitment office, or the terrorist attack at Fort Hood, or the terrorist attack the Oregon community college, or the terrorist attack in Boston… (Gosh, there sure have been a lot of terrorist attacks on your watch. That must make you really uncomfortable considering you ran on making America â€ślovedâ€ť again. Thatâ€™s quite the legacy.)
Or what about the millions of families who believed your promises that the Affordable Care Act would finally improve their healthcare and their financial lives? Have you ever stood next to a woman who has had to make the decision to break the law and forgo health insurance because her rates went UP by $5600 per year instead of down your promised $2500? Perhaps if youâ€™d cried with that mother, wondering how to make ends meet because of a piece of legislation you swore would help her…
Or what about our own â€śhouse?â€ť I have wept with parents and grandparents more often than I care to recall over the loss of their loved one to gang violence and hopelessness. Our community in particular is dying by our own hands at an alarming rate. People are falling all over themselves because you shed a single tear at a press conference about gun violence. I canâ€™t begin to imagine the impact it would have if you would shed some tears over the crime and education rates in our own communities at our own hands. Perhaps if you had done thatâ€¦
You canâ€™t even manage a misty eye over the murder of an estimated 10 million black babies killed in the womb since 1973. Abortion-supporting Democrats (especially black democrats) have long-held that black Americans need a better seat at the table, need a bigger voice in politics and then donâ€™t bat an eye (or even shed a fake tear) over the fact that weâ€™ve literally been killing off our political capital over the course of a few decades. We could be 35% of the population right were it not for Margaret Sanger and her supporters.
THATâ€™S A PRETTY BIG DAMN SEAT.
Soâ€¦if all or any of those perhapses and maybes had occurred, I might be inclined to be a bit more impacted by your theatrics. But having watched you over the years, I see no evidence that you are a caring leader. I only see a sad inability to embrace and mourn with all kinds of Americans who donâ€™t quite fit into your agenda.
I know this letter will outrage many Obama sycophants, as if the servant of the people is above harsh talk, criticism or even ridicule (someday youâ€™ll have to let me in on the secret of how you got the American Left to memory-hole the entire Bush presidency). Face-to-face Iâ€™ve shown you such courtesy but I am at the end of my courtesy rope.
Youâ€™ve been a terrible president and I donâ€™t buy for one second that your tears were not aimed at vilifying those of us who believe the best way to prevent another Sandy Hook is to give responsible adults the ability to blow the fucking heads off of anyone who comes to claim the lives of their children.
With all DUE respect,
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Kira Davis is a writer, video blogger and homeschool mother of two. She has interviewed President Obama and appeared on Fox News, The BlazeTV and the Dr. Phil Show. Kira is a dog person but she owns a cat anyway. You can find her on Twitter @RealKiraDavis.
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