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Politicians who call for gun control own guns and have armed guards

Posted: December 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm   /   by

Loud-mouth, bloviating Senator Schumer is one of a subset of Democratic politicians: People who foist gun control on the rest of us, but have armed security guards and concealed-carry permits of their own.

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Now that we have another tragic school mass murder that involves guns, it is a time for politicians far and wide to advocate gun control, as if more rules against law-abiding people getting guns will keep guns out of the hands of criminals who want to commit mass murder.  It is almost an American tradition: gun violence begets calls for gun control.  What is missing in every gun-control discussion is a “full disclosure” of which politician has a concealed weapons permit, has any guns in his own home, or is protected by armed security guards.  Just like the CNBC disclosure regarding touting stocks and the personal holdings of the person touting the stock, we need a “full disclosure” rule regarding armed protection of the politicians who advocate gun control.

Here is how it would work: New York Senator Charles Schumer recently complained to CBS’s Face The Nation that “mass shootings are becoming ‘a new normal.'”  Schumer proposed new gun control legislation, saying that the recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut may be the “tipping point,” inspiring legislators to finally do something about gun control.  So, shortly before the end of a hypothetical interview, the interviewer should say, “And as a matter of full disclosure, Senator Schumer, you have your own concealed carry weapon permit and you have armed security guards.  Is that correct?”  “Yes, I do,” Schumer will respond, if he is honest.

That clarifies things.  It says that Senator Schumer is touting a position for the rest of us that he personally does not follow.  It would indicate that Senator Schumer feels that his personal safety requires that he have a concealed weapon on him and that he have armed guards to use for protection if the need arises, even though he feels that the rest of us should not be similarly protected.

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Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.
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Politicians who call for gun control own guns and have armed guards