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Patton: Gun Violence Victims Not the Only Ones Who 'Deserve a Vote'

By Doug Patton

Barack Obama can spin a lie into what sounds like something akin to the truth better than anyone in politics has done in my lifetime — and that’s saying something because it’s starting to be quite a long time. His State of the Union speech was Exhibit A.

“They deserve a vote,” he intoned during the obligatory gun control portion of his speech. “They deserve a vote,” he repeated, just in case you missed it the first time. “Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote. The families of Oak Creek and Tucson and Blacksburg and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence — they deserve a simple vote.”

Really? On what? Something! We simply must vote on something! As right-wing rocker Ted Nugent succinctly told a reporter who asked him if we shouldn’t do something, “Well, if your child is drowning, I could throw her a cinderblock. That would be doing something. It would just be the wrong thing.” This perfectly describes the whole debate over the issue of gun violence.

The emotional response of so many Americans to Obama’s demand for a vote on his half-baked gun control measures simply underscores their misunderstanding of the issue. The catalyst for this assault on the Second Amendment was, of course, the senseless murder of 20 first graders last December. No single act of violence has ripped at the nation’s heartstrings like this incident. This has not been lost on Obama and company. Never let a crisis go to waste, remember?

Meanwhile, there are 300 million other people who also “deserve a vote.”

While Obama assures us that “the state of our union is strong,” America’s fiscal crisis is careening toward becoming a total economic train wreck. Don’t the young, the old and the middle aged, the rich, the poor and the middle class all “deserve a vote” on a balanced budget amendment?

Obama talks about protecting children, yet he gutted the very popular Washington, D.C., school choice program in order to please his supporters in the National Education Association. Now he advocates that every 4-year-old be sent to a government-run pre-school, presumably so politically correct indoctrination can begin even earlier. Oh yes, this president cares about children — if they happen to be lucky enough to make it out of the womb alive. He couldn’t care less about the 55 million unborn children who, for the last 40 years, have had no rights of any kind. In Obama’s world, they don’t “deserve a vote.”

Proponents of traditional marriage have seen their views trampled by a radical minority intent on destroying the institution altogether. Wouldn’t you love to see an up-or-down vote in Congress on that one, rather than watching them hide behind judiciary rulings?

And what about the military and, by extension, our veterans? “In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach our deficit goal, about a trillion dollars’ worth of budget cuts would automatically go into effect this year,” Obama said in his State of the Union address. “These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness. They’d devastate priorities like education, energy, and medical research. They would certainly slow our recovery, and cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. That’s why Democrats, Republicans, business leaders and economists have already said that these cuts, known here in Washington as ‘the sequester,’ are a really bad idea. Now, some in this Congress have proposed preventing only the defense cuts by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training, Medicare and Social Security benefits. That idea is even worse.”

Setting aside for a moment the fact that, out of all the programs mentioned, defending the nation is the only constitutionally mandated obligation of the federal government (something one might assume a “constitutional scholar” would know), consider the fact that the United States Senate, controlled by Obama’s party and run by his lackey, Harry Reid, has not passed a budget since April 2009.

Don’t the American people at least “deserve a vote” on that, Mr. President?


Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself more often than not. His weekly columns are syndicated by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Readers are encouraged to email him at and/or to follow him on Twitter at @Doug_Patton.

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  1. Ollie_FanComment by Ollie_Fan
    February 14, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    It’s a shame that the spirits of those children who were aborted prior to their birth will not have a vote either.

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    • bf39Comment by bf39
      February 14, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

      It’s a shame the people do not see that abortion is killing a BABY who is not given a chance. Abortion is as much MURDER as killing a person of any age, with a gun or any other weapon.
      Wake up America.

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    • Tonto (USA)Comment by Tonto (USA)
      February 14, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

      What really seems odd to me is that the lefties think it’s perfectly OK to slaughter hundreds of unborn kiddies every day and scream bloody murder when the state executes a convicted killer. Is it perhaps they identify with a convicted murderer because of their bloody hands from killing all those kids?????

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    • justperhaps45Comment by justperhaps45
      February 14, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

      As a 67 year old abortion survivor I identify with your remarks. My mother was advised to flush me by her doctor to preserve her own life. She didn’t and lived a full life.

      We have much, much larger problems than the selfish ending of innocent lives, though that is a curse on our moral identity, and the source of untold guilt borne by the direct participants.

      I write of the overwhelming ignorance present in the populace related to what is real vs what is false. Things like, but not limited to:

      There is no government money, only taxpayer money.

      A business rarely pays taxes, it only collects them along with costs, risk reserves and profits from customers. The taxes collected are then forwarded to to the government(s).

      Government has no creative role only preventive ones.

      Government action rarely solves a problem without creating hidden unbalances that yield extended damages. Many of our recent bubble explosions were the release of the pressure.

      As long as we reward inappropriate behavior with undeserved gain we will get more such activity. As long as initiative and risk taking are punished they will naturally be reduced.

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    • empty pocketsComment by empty pockets
      February 17, 2013 @ 7:32 am

      Bravo, Justperhaps45. I offer only small correction: “Government action rarely solves a problem without creating hidden unbalances that yield extended damages. Many of our recent bubble explosions were the release of the pressure.” Change “rarely” to always, then “many” to ALL. Some of our founders understood true balance in a way very few since can comprehend. True balance means the big gorilla stays out of nearly every fight. The role of the big gorilla was to handle foreign policy and act as referee in domestic disputes; not to “bring us all together” but to keep us from breaking apart. NOT the same thing.

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  2. mrsgunnut10Comment by mrsgunnut10
    February 14, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    I would like to have a vote on Obama’s Total Abortion Plan, but it won’t happen. How many baby’s are murdered , Every Day, simply because an uneducated young woman, who wasn’t taught about Birth Control, decides she doesn’t want the consequence’s of raising a baby. Obama decided the faith of those aborted babies because he supports abortions, all abortions as a matter of fact. Now he wants to do away with weapons of our chioice. I believe we, all Gun Owners, should get to vote on an Open Carry Law that covers all States, but that won’t happen either. That is as it should be, because each individual State should have the perogative of instituting it’s own Laws and not the entire United States Citizens and especially the United States Government. Thank you for your time. TSgt., USAF Retired.

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    • vevaComment by veva
      February 14, 2013 @ 10:55 am

      “…because an uneducated young woman, who wasn’t taught about Birth Control, decides she doesn’t want the consequence’s of raising a baby.” That is only HALF of the truth. Males are just as uneducated in preventing conception. Fathers need to instill in their sons a sense of responsibility on their part of engaging in sex. I agree, there should be a public vote on any ‘gun laws’ the legislators pass.

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    • bf39Comment by bf39
      February 14, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

      I agree with you mrsgnnut10. Also, there are a lot of people who would like to adopt a baby, so why abort it? They are trying to get babies from European countries.

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  3. mike11cComment by mike11c
    February 14, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    You do not get to vote to take away our constitutional rights. We do not live in a democracy, we live in a “Constitutional Republic”. A “democracy” is two wolves and a sheep trying to decide what to have for lunch. A “Constitutional Republic” is two wolves and a well armed sheep having the same discussion.

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  4. peletierComment by peletier
    February 14, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    Dear Dough:

    Great commentary! 2nd. amendmend Patriots do appreciate it…

    It is no secret that, to accomplish his Socialist Agenda, Barack Obama wanst to disarm America so, he and all his Socialist cronies can have their way with our Nation’s Families…

    Moreover, I find it very strange, all the “questions that have been raised – and still unanswered, about he Sandy Hook massacre! Doesn’t anyone?

    Trust followers of the Truth are over Socialists/Communists calling them “conspirqacy theorist”… BS. Just keep moving ahead, and asking questions till they are answered.

    Liberals/Communists/Progressives/Socialists can not handle the Truth. It is not in their DNA.


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    • mysticComment by mystic
      February 14, 2013 @ 11:32 am

      For Peletier: I agree with 99% of your post….though I have to ask, what questions have yet to be answered regarding Sandy Hook? I’ve read and watched hours and hours on the topic, and no questions remain in how, who, when or where the incident happened. Yes, there are a few theorist who jumped the gun and began a mental excersise of ‘why’s’ prior to all the information being in. Yes, the media/camara’s/MSM’s did catch a few parents/law enforcement/authority figures with odd comments or smiles or nervous gestures prior to stepping up to the mic.

      My answer to all that…they are human. These are people. Don’t judge their reaction until you yourself have walked a ‘mile’ in their shoe’s. Pictures or snippets of video can easily be taken out of context. Seems to be the liberal media’s favorite trick these days. (911 call in the Trevyon Martin case)

      Each responsible law abiding citizen should absolutely have a vote upon their gun rights. We should absolutely have control over how we wish to go forward on this issue. Gun grabbing, more laws or anything the Federal Government can contrive, is not going to help the violence in this nation to go down, much less eliminate it.

      Take it to the States where it belongs and thugs…be on alert, your days of terror are soon at an end! Mentally ill, we will get past the squeamishness of PC-ism and put you into facilities where you can not hurt yourself or others around you. Parents, you are going to have to deal with the fact that little Johnny is not well and needs treatment and is not normal. Grow a thicker skin and be a good parent and get it done! Get your kid the help he or she may need in order to save the lives of those around you. We are going to have to speak up! We are going to have to make our States aware we are not apathetic sheep that will willingly be led to slaughter just to prop up some progressive idea that we all know will only cause more violence and death.


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  5. KBBComment by KBB
    February 14, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    Barack Obama can spin a lie into what sounds like something akin to the truth better than anyone in politics has done in my lifetime….

    Absolutely, Mr. Patton. And this is why the Repubs don’t have a clue how to counter him. They have never seen or been up against such a ruthless, corrupt Chicago thug as Obama before, who has no scruples whatsoever in doing whatever it takes to come out on top. The Repubs are totally at a loss and ineffective in how to respond to whatever Obama does or says. This was Romney’s downfall – that and ignoring and not including the Tea Party in his campaign efforts. Romney was just not willing to be dirty enough to tell the truth about Obama and beat him. Few Repubs are – with the exception of Palin. And she does a smack-down with a smile and a light sarcastic poke, which not only nails the point down, but really pisses Dems off. BTW, that’s exactly how President Reagan used to respond. It was and is very effective.

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  6. mojavegreenComment by mojavegreen
    February 14, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    I find myself hoping for the sequestor to take place. If for anything to show the country that the democrats only screw things up. At this point, I honestly believe that both the Democrats and Republicans are literally two wings of the same bird. Unless things change for the better, as an Independant voter I plan on voting everyone I can out of office come the next election cycle and voting for an entirely different party. I thnik we can do better if every last congressman and representative were replaced. At the very least it would send a very loud message to them. STOP INTERFERING WITH MY LIFE AND RUN THE GD COUNTRY!

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  7. ctroopComment by ctroop
    February 14, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    Taking it to the states is all well and good, even taking it to the people. But let’s be careful about what “it” really is. If by “it” you mean gun control or any other infringement of the 2nd amendment, then forget it. The 2nd amendment does not say, “Congress shall make no law…” It is rather open-ended and all inclusive. “…the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed…” Shall not be infringed by ANYBODY! So in spite of all those who are willing to let a bunch of lawyers in black robes “interpret” our rights away, ANY law – legislated made, or judge made – that violates the constitution is no law at all and MUST BE willfully and openly (and violently if need be) resisted and disobeyed. Whatever is done in the name of “protecting our children” is just fine … as long as you leave the 2nd amendment alone and deal with the criminals!

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    • tlinco99Comment by tlinco99
      February 16, 2013 @ 8:54 am

      Amen to that, that’s the one thing that most people don’t seem to understand(even those supposedly on our side), there is nothing to vote on. Any law they pass infringing upon our 2nd Amendment rights is illegal. Unfortunately, my worry is that a large portion of the enforcement machine will follow orders from tyrants rather than keep their oath to the Constitution. Things are moving very fast, be prepared.

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  8. bowler1hatComment by bowler1hat
    February 14, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    For all the contradictions of this Obama presidency, I can just imagine Obama standing, in powdered wig, on Lexington Green and demanding that all the Colonials to give up their assault rifles (smooth bores) to the European powers he wants us to be like.

    Are we ALL so shallow in our thoughts that we cannot see this pied piper for what he is, a rat catcher who have let loose his ACORN/SEIU/UAW/SAG, Media and Obamaphone ally campaign assets to defeat the better good of the American people.

    We have a comprehensive record in regard to Ronald Reagan in that he was a celebrity, BEFORE he went into politics and once there, he DEMONSTRATED Leadership. With Obama, there is almost no history as it has been deliberately concealed from the public. Very likely, whoever reveals Obama’s college funding record and his actual transcripts and his ACORN career, will likely need a new identity to hide from Obama’s allies. What you don’t know is important.

    We have never had a president who waded so deeply in our personal lives or has thrown up so much chaff to hide the truth or misdirect and stall investigations. Liberals don’t care, but your BIG BROTHER is watching you too!

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  10. middlegroundComment by middleground
    February 15, 2013 @ 12:26 am

    Wrong King. It was Charles I who thought he could spend money without Parliament (our House) authorizing it, George III was a king who followed the English constitution, he just didn’t think colonists had the same rights as his English citizens.

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