Idaho's Labrador says Obama is 'shameful' to use children to drive his anti-gun agenda

Republican Congressman Raul Labrador is critical of President Obama's news conference and executive order prompted aimed at curbing gun violence. The president had children attend his announcement last week of executive orders and a legislative agenda prompted by last month's Connecticut school shooting that left 20 elementary students dead.

In his electronic newsletter published Sunday, Labrador wrote: "This week the President announced a series of executive actions that he would take regarding firearms laws at a theatrical press conference at which the President surrounded himself with children. Like many of you, I found the President's use of children to drive his agenda shameful. However, I will carefully review the President’s executive actions and his legislative proposals."

The text follows:

Dear friends,

This week the President announced a series of executive actions that he would take regarding firearms laws at a theatrical press conference at which the President surrounded himself with children. Like many of you, I found the President's use of children to drive his agenda shameful. However, I will carefully review the President’s executive actions and his legislative proposals.

Our Founding Fathers believed the right to bear arms was essential to the cause of freedom. Those same Founders also gave the executive branch the authority to enforce the laws protecting this right and our security—and this is the authority the President was asserting when he signed his executive actions.

I will review these proposals to ensure that the President's actions and proposals do not violate our constitutionally protected right to bear arms. I will also thoughtfully consider whether the laws we currently have on the books can be better enforced to safeguard our lives and our liberty.

I have always defended the Second Amendment and will continue to do so with my heart and soul. I look forward to having a thoughtful, honest and straightforward discussion about these issues in the Judiciary Committee over the next few months.

The gun control press conference capped off a busy period in Washington, D.C. The House recently elected a Speaker and organized for the 113th Session of Congress. Among the items of business for the House and for the Judiciary Committee will be immigration reform. I have worked hard to have what Politico describes as “a leading GOP voice on immigration changes,” and want you to know that I want changes to our immigration laws that reflect our conservative values and heritage. That means no amnesty and no special pathway to citizenship. We must find a solution that is fair to immigrants who have done things the legal way, fair to those who are struggling to achieve their dreams but are caught within our broken immigration system and, most importantly, fair to our American citizens who demand fidelity to the law. I look forward to continuing the discussion with you as immigration bills are introduced and debated in Congress.

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Democrats, lead by example. Go ahead and give all your

guns back to whoever is collecting them. Once you do this, then maybe the rest will follow.

PS. Are they collecting guns from the gangs?

No One

is collecting guns. Obama's proposal is simple, commonsense, and subject to discussion and compromise. To begin the national discussion, this is his proposal:
Restrict AK and AR assault weapons and high-capacity magazine clips and require universal background checks for all gun purchases. It also increases funding for education and mental health. Labrador is simply grandstanding to get news coverage before he begins pursuit of the governor's office.

No,

Comrade, restrict says it all. Give the freak-left an inch and they'll always scream that they need more. They are never satisfied with the amount of damage that they have done. Say, what have violent crime rates and the murder rate done from 1995 to 2011? Can you answer a straight up question with a straight answer?

*** Well, the answer is obviously 'No, Wakeup. To answer that question would entirely destroy the weak and pathetic argument that I have been fed and dutifully regurgitated here in my post'.
I'll help you out. Violent crime is down 50% and murder is down 54%. Even as guns have proliferated. Hmm. Interesting that we have the most gun crimes where we have the most gun control. We have the most mass killings where guns can't be legally carried. It;s almost as though the criminals ignore the laws but know that honest people won't. Look up the term 'useful idiot'. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ooa98FHuaU0#!

Carlos

Google these words "California collects guns".
Then get back to your thought here of "No one is collecting guns". Please let us know what you find.

Then read New York's newly passed legislation about the state of NewYork forcefully seizing guns from those seeking pychological counseling. Feeling a little depressed since your spouse left you for a gay person? Well, turn over all your guns. Thanks.

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Carlos, Have you been in a snow cave for the past 2 months?

Ok

I did and I saw the State doing a gun buy back which was voluntary, so your point is? And in New York it would be a violation of federal HIPA laws regarding patient confidentiality and the Mental health providers are already saying they would ignore it. Also you're in favor of mentally ill people possessing guns? So neither point you've brought up holds water.

The FBI already has that information, please keep up.

It's HIPPA.

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Pimp2

I found an article about Los Angeles buying back firearms on a purely voluntary basis, from owners that no longer wanted them around. This is a program that started in 2009. The first buyback since the Sandy Hook shooting netted:

"A total of 2,037 firearms..., bringing the number of firearms collected since the program began to 9,979. Weapons collected Wednesday included 901 handguns, 698 rifles, 363 shotguns, and 75 assault weapons, according to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office. A rocket launcher also was surrendered.

Gun owners who surrendered weapons received Ralphs gift cards. The value of each card depended on the type of gun surrendered. Assault weapons were exchanged for $200 gift cards. Gift cards valued up to $100 were offered for handguns,rifles, and shotguns." - [http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Los-Angeles-Gun-Buyback-Assault-Rifle-184950811.html]

Your post implies that California was somehow seizing weapons wholesale. In fact, legal owners were simply disposing of their personal property.

As a lifelong sport shooter, I REALLY wish radicals wouldn't resort to misleading and hysterical tactics in the name of "preserving our gun rights". The number of people who have not grown up with guns; who do not understand how firearms can be simply an enjoyable hobby and a way to put food on the table is growing every year. Some of those people are very smart. When the NRA and its supporters use this kind of argument to support the pro-gun position, it makes ALL shooters look equally foolish in their eyes. At some point, people with serious concerns about firearms will reach a tipping point and use the NRA's more ridiculous claims to leverage some fairly draconian gun laws into effect. For the last 30 years at least, the NRA goes into full-blown panic mode every time anyone questions the role of firearms in society. This knee-jerk reaction only serves to make shooting enthusiasts seem out of touch with reality. More and more people are starting to catch on to this and If I then lose my shooting rights as a result, I'm blaming the NRA and those who the NRA has conned into buying their hysterical propaganda.

Collecting

The statement was made "no one is collecting guns".
Yes they are. An organized gun collection program in LA AND other cities- ORGANIZED by local police.

Granted it is for a price and conditions.

I'm sure you also read, guns involved in crimes could be included in the buyback. Great! "I bought this piece for $50 used it in a robbery and now get $100 to sell it to the LAPD. Then I can go steal another one."

"legal gun owners"
Not necessarily.
There were no questions asked. A felon walking up with a single shot shotgun could get a $100 to fund his next fix.

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I have a broken gun that is not worth fixing at the gunsmith. I hope BPD does a buy back here! That'll be $100 in powder.

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Australia's gun BAN started the exact same way. A buy back.

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Trackmonster, I am afraid the "misleading" radicals are on the other side of your sport shooting. Using crime stats that suit their case. They don't care if you are a "sport shooter". They don't even know what that means?

You are worried about losing your right to shoot guns, what are you doing to protect that right?

"Collecting" guns has a

"Collecting" guns has a variety of meanings. Growing up, I knew a man who'd "collected" examples of every individual weapon type issued to the U.S. Cavalry, from the Indian Wars through Viet Nam.

You used "collecting", in context, to mean something like "confiscating". This completely misrepresents the nature of the activity in L.A. To my knowledge, no-questions-asked gun buy-backs have been used for quite a while in various areas, and yet, my modest "collection" of firearms remains secure with no threat of "confiscation". I've even been able to add a firearm to it, on occasion and with no noticeable delay in the transaction despite the required background check.

You also failed to read the entire article. People sold guns for gift cards, redeemable at a local store. Sure, it's possible someone could use them as a sort of unofficial currency, but so what? If you think you're going to get $100 worth of drugs for a $100 gift-card, you're delusional. There is no activity so sacred that SOMEone won't pervert its intent. That does NOT mean the activity is of itself evil. Besides, I thought the NRA supported private gun sales... exactly what this activity consisted of.

Australia, last time I looked, was a democracy. If a majority of their citizens are unhappy with the gun laws they've evolved, they can change them. Apparently, a majority of their citizens are NOT so inclined. Fine. That's them. We're us. I refuse to panic because a country on the opposite side of the globe adopts restrictive gun laws.

There are "radicals" aplenty on both sides of the issue. On the other hand, the NRA has a full-time staff of media flacks devoted to generating material as misleading and wrong as the recent ad about the President's daughters' school having 11 armed guards, so why shouldn't good ol' P.S. 123? This ad implies that the SCHOOL has an armed security force. They do not. The only armed guards for Sasha and Malia are the Secret Service protection detail. If you want to argue for armed school security, state your case, but skating that close to deception tars all shooters with the same brush. as far as the non-shooters are concerned. Moreover, the only large(ish) organization I've ever heard of on the pro-control side is the Brady group, and a more toothless foe would be hard to imagine.

I know some people (even in rural Idaho) who question why I find fun in shooting at bullseye targets; 40 years back, this would have been seen as a perfectly normal activity. This is increasingly not the case, so I'm doing my best to protect my right to own and shoot firearms by NOT acting like the stereotypical nut-bars on the radical fringe. By NOT trying to frighten people. I'm showing those unfamiliar with the sport that it can be an enjoyable, challenging hobby without any sinister overtones, but I'm fighting an uphill battle. Every day, lately, there's been another case of people who are supposed to know what they're doing making us all look like the Clampetts (Accidental shootings at THREE gun shows in the same day? Really?) and there's the NRA, shrieking defense and defiance. If we as shooters lose significant rights to pursue our hobby, a large part of the blame will rest on the NRA's shoulders.

agree

Well one, the NRA was the main effort that eliminated the 1994 gun law. So I guess if you currently shoot with a magazine of more than 10 shots, you can thank the NRA.

Confiscating? Okay, a friend just reminded me of the Louisiana gun confiscation after Hurricane Katrina. That was forceful at gunpoint. Google has plenty about it.

Is anyone coming after your gun today Trackmonster? No. But if they do in the future try to remember when the effort started.

There is a large part of the population opposed to hunting and guns in general. We're not talking about a "majority of the citizens", we're talking about a majority of the urban citizens imposing their beliefs on the rural citizens.

Trackmonster, you have to look around the country and around the world to see that that there is only ONE thing that allows you to enjoy your 'sport shooting'- it is our Second Amendment. That is at risk.

Wow...did he find the NRA commercial shameful?

Did Rep. Labrador find the NRA commercial that focused on President Obama's daughters shameful?
I wasn't a fan of Obama using children as his back drop, but it did make sense given the concern of so many Americans over the safety of our children. That said, if I were going to call the president shameful for his use of children, in the same breath, I would have to use the same description for the NRA.

Or

did he find it shameful when Bush used children to pass NCLB? Or did he find it shameful when Nancy Reagan used kids to just say no?

Exactly

What I was thinking when I saw his theatrics. Yet he has the audacity to get offended when citizens point out that his children are protected by armed guards.

Sheesh

Why would anyone not think or understand that the Presidents children would need extra protection? Seems pretty simple to me. I could be wrong, but isn't this same protection provided for the children of every president?

Actually, they don't. The NRA lied.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/01/nra-obama-daughters-armed-guards-school/61163/

And you belive this?

Tell me that Obama's kids have no armed guards when they are at school. Or doing anything for that matter.

Armed guards at schools is not BAD.

Bad

Then it must also be true,
Armed guards on school busses is not bad.
Armed guards at libraries is not bad.
Armed guards at every place of employment is not bad.
Armed guards at athletic events is not bad.
Armed guards at day is not bad.
Armed guards at the Capitol is not bad.
Armed guards at the grocery store is not bad.
Armed guards at movie theatres is not bad.

let's all be armed!

***
I was at Ada County Concealed Carry permits issuance... and there were A LOT of people signing up. Pretty soon we will all be armed.

Most of used entered the world with two shouldered arms.

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Pres. Obama's children have

Pres. Obama's children have the same Secret Service protection detail as every Presidents' children in living memory. The reason the Chief Executive's family is provided this protection while Suzy and Johnny at P.S. 123 aren't is pretty obvious. The issue is that the NRA, acting on bad intelligence from a right-wing news site, produced an ad which implies the SCHOOL the Obama girls attend employs its own armed security force. The SCHOOL does not. Until the Obama girls enrolled, I doubt there'd been an occasion there in which an armed protection detail was in daily attendance.

The problem, of course, is that non-shooters and non-gun-owners measure the shooting public's corn by the NRA's bushel, to paraphrase Mr. Churchill. When the NRA makes an ad this misleading, it makes all shooters look equally extremist, whether they are members or not. Whether they agree with the NRA's stance or not.

The President and his family are always .............

.......... guarded by the secret service .
This President and all the ones in recent history have this protection . It doesn't matter which party is in power we guard them .
I realize that this doesn't fit into the right wings rants but it just happens to be true .

The Secret Service was created after Lincoln's murder.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Medium

It increasingly appears that Labrador is in a trance and channeling the looney tunes spirit of Helen Chenoweth.

Well, Labrador, you have

Well, Labrador, you have done an excellent job of embara $ $ ing Idaho which can not be surpa $ $ ed by anyone else.

I offer a suggestion to all

I offer a suggestion to all the concern re guns.

From now on the government can just issue guns to everyone from the time of birth. At that time you would not only get your social security number, gun, cell phone but, hey, add a bar code and one is set for life.

Think about it; if the government issues a gun to everyone that ends the controversy. The nra, gun manufacturers and everyone would have nothing to complain about because everyone would have a gun.

duals

I want two.

You already HAVE two arms.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

"The State must declare the child to be.....

the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation."
Mein Kampf

We kicked his butt and he killed himself. Mein Heinie...

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Thanks for nothing, Mr. Labrador

Keep on embarrassing me and the other people in your district. You'd do or say anything to draw attention to yourself and keep yourself in the public eye.

Ahhhhh....

Poor baby

Labrador has a love child?

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

He's running

This is the behavior of some being groomed. Watch that his positions don't go too far to the right. We need problem solving, compromise and unification, not more divisiveness that only serves a singular political need based on a narrow philosophy.

Labrador is shameful

This idiot is shameful for not caring about children and only caring about his future campaign donations, what a terrible human being!

Hey Labby,

quit having Bryan Fischer write your newsletters and speeches. Try representing the people in your district instead of your puppet masters.

Is it more shameful...

...than the assault weapon manufacturers raking in a few more millions from the rednecks every time there is another massacre? How stupid do you have to be to rant about "They gonna take our guns!" You really going to protect your home with a Bushmaster? Sorry, whackos, but the zombie apocalypse ain't really happening. This ranks right up there with Junior's trifecta quote. Sick, people.

hillscanyon

Hey nutjob do everyone a favor and go crawl back under the rock you crawled out of.What a completely asinine stupid comment no matter what side of the argument you are on.Pathetic moron.

Wow

Thanks for raising the level of debate.

Nice to see you, Ray and keep typing!

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.