Double Standards on Death

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and From Mainline to Sideline. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Reason and many other publications.


“No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society,” President Obama said at the memorial service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, “but that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this. If there’s even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that’s visited Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that, then surely we have an obligation to try.”

The president also quoted scripture but he overlooked a key reality. When it serves their interest, the federal government is willing to promote the illegal sale of weapons that wind up in the hands of violent criminals. Consider Operation Fast and Furious, for example.

President Obama and Felipe Calderon, then president of Mexico, believed that American guns cause violence in Mexico and that 90 percent of the guns used by Mexican drug cartels come from the United States. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Obama administration officials repeated this charge with the obedience of Susan Rice claiming that the deadly terrorist attacks on Americans in Libya were caused by a video. The apologists cited no study for the 90 percent claim, which shapes up as pure invention. The evidence suggests, however, the Obama administration took steps to make the charge real.

Andre Howard is owner of the Lone Wolf gun store in Glendale, Arizona. In 2009, agents of the federal bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms ordered Howard to sell weapons to every illegal purchaser, including Jaime Avila Jr. who purchased AK-47s. Howard had serious misgivings about the plan but AFT agents assured him they would monitor the purchasers and track the weapons. Unfortunately, the federal agents lost track of 2,000 of the weapons, which did wind up in the hands of violent criminals on both sides of the border.

When Mexican bandits killed U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry two weapons from Fast and Furious were found at the scene. Weapons from the operation have showed up at other crime scenes in the United States and Mexico, where in August Mexican federal police opened fire on vehicles carrying U.S. government employees.

Jaime Avila has been sentenced to 57 months in prison but overall punishment for the deadly operation has been light and the media have lost interest. The Justice Department produced a report on Fast and Furious but that same Department approved wiretap applications for that operation. Attorney General Eric Holder still has his job.

President Obama, meanwhile, did not make a televised speech at Brian Terry’s memorial service. Neither did the president appear on television in the wake of Major Nidal Hasan’s murderous rampage in 2009 at Fort Hood. Hasan’s 13 victims included Aaron Nemelka, 19, and Francheska Velez, 22 and pregnant with her first child. As Andrew McCarthy noted in Spring Fever, Major Hasan was a “five-alarm jihadist” but the Department of Defense report on the massacre writes it off as a case of “workplace violence.”

Bible-quoting president Barack Obama was doubtless sincere in his message at the Sandy Hook memorial service. But as the record shows, the Obama administration can be rather selective when it comes to the victims of gun violence. Sandy Hook killer Adam Lanza is dead but Major Nidal Hasan, who yelled “Allah is great!” as he gunned down his 13 victims and wounded many others, has yet to be sentenced. Justice delayed is justice denied.

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  • Tan

    It's clear that Obama's plan this whole time was to get rid of the 2nd amendment, so of course he will make a double-standard among other things. And he's also giving money to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. As the Islamic Prophet Muhammad twice said in the Hadith, "War is deceit." And as the main villain from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in part 3 said, "All warfare is based on deception." Whether it be Hitler trying to make it look like Poland was invading Germany, or the Palestinian/Hamas terrorists trying to fake out scenes in pretend killings to make it look as if Israel is "oppressing" them, it's the same tactic that the Left and Obama are using to get political leverage.

    • Dawn Street

      Watch the movie Wag the Dog with Dustin Hoffman. These are the things government deceptions are made of.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "All warfare is based on deception."

      All war fighters must use some deception against the enemy. Total war means using it anywhere it advances your cause in that war. Distinguishing between justified deception of a declared enemy and a totalitarian tyrant trying to fool people he claims to represent as their leader are entirely different kinds of deception.

  • Mary Sue

    Why would Mexican drug lords need to get their weapons from the US when they undoubtedly can get them cheaper from Russia, China, or some Al Qaeda front group? Apparently this question never entered the minds of this administration.

    Of course they have double standards on death! How else can they engineer their own gun control scenario arguments?

    • Darrell

      Because they wanted to show that the weapons came from the U.S.A. so they could make another attack on the 2nd amendment.

      • Mary Sue

        well yeah, that's from Obama's POV. I mean, what's in it for the Mexican Drug Lords to get it from Nobama?

  • kafir4life

    I wonder why his tongue doesn't burn when reciting scripture. Seriously…..when President Stinky (BO) was running F&F, he was earning some mighty nice commissions. Then he had Agent Terry killed because he knew about the operation, so Stinks arranged for a Stinky supplied weapon to kill him. Same thing in Benghazi. Amb Stevens had information that Stinks was sending weapons to his idiological equals in als-queers, so he also had to be eliminated. Stinky didn't make a dime off the Sandy Hook killings, and it really really pisses him off. Stinky is much like a mobster. Doesn't really care what happens, but insists on the traditional beak wetting.

    • Capt_Z1

      amen

  • κατεργάζομαι

    On November 5, 2009, Major Nidal Hasan, shot 45 of his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, the most populous U.S. military installation in the world.

    For two months Obama cautioned us to, "not rush to judgement" This is the same Obama who within 48 hours of the Conn. shooting, he took over the airways and began setting the framework for more infringements on out Constitutional Rights.

    •Hasan's business cards displayed an acronym widely used on jihadist websites that translates as "Soldier of Allah." Yet to this day our Islamic-centric administration insists "No terrorist connection"!

    Our precious soldiers were slaughtered and deserve justice. More than THREE YEARS later, Hasan has yet to be brought to justice

    ~ Learning the Wrong Lessons From the Fort Hood Massacre – 2/12 – Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/02/learning_t

    The President, media & politicians' feigned "outrage" is indeed selective.

    • JacksonPearson

      True dat. Closet Muslim Obama will make sure Major Hasan's trial will be stretched to the limit.

      • kafir4life

        Are you kidding??? After the trial (if he has one……President Stinky (BO) may end the prosecution as it's apparent to him that the Army is guilty of preventing the major from performing his religious duty's like growing a beard and killing the infidels as per his terror guide, the koran), Stinks would like to hire him as a nursemaid for the girls.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    ~REALITY CHECK: Every, single day, 1,200 black babies are put to death in abortion facilities, making abortion the leading cause of death among African Americans!

    Barack Obama's positions on abortion, infanticide, and human life issues lie in absolute contradiction to his feigned compassion for children.

    Chicago's murder spree of 19.4 per 100,000 is more than three times that of New York's (6 per 100,000) and more than two and a half times of Los Angeles' (7.5 per 100,000), its closest American competitors. Yet not a peep of concern from Obama on the topic.

    For two months after Maj. Hasan mowed down 45 innocent troops, Obama cautioned us to, "not rush to judgement" This is the same Obama who within 48 hours of the Conn. shooting, he took over the airways and began setting the framework for more infringements on out Constitutional Rights.

    Obama's standards on Death are (as I have said before): is Selective as well as disingenuous.

    • ebonystone

      And it's the leading cause of death among Americans in general, not just blacks. With well over a million abortions/year, it causes about as many deaths as the next two causes — cancers and cardiovascular problems — combined.

  • Gene W 1938

    100,000 hunting permits with each hunter going out several times and no murders or deaths cause dby any of these individuals … every mass killing [murder] was caused by an individual with social or mental health problems who had been on medication. Ban the pharmacetical and not the gun owners.

  • Gene W 1938

    Every teacher and administrator should be compelled to take a course for concealed weapons carry and if their background check is good … issued a permit and be allowed to wear concealed weapons in any public building [schools]. The individuals should not be required to own a weapon but an intruder does not know who has and who does not. Kid would be safer. Any teacher not qualified for a gun should not be with kids in the first place

  • A. Chaves

    "Bible-quoting president Barack Obama was doubtless sincere in his message at the Sandy Hook memorial service."

    I strongly disagree. There were crocodile tears from someone who for purposes of political expediency, risked (and lost) the lives of Americans officials in Libya. Obama is devoid of empathy. He only uses emotion to get his way. The mask slipped when he addressed the nation following the Fort Hood massacre and used this opportunity to give a "shout out" to some group that had nothing to do with the incident.

    • Dawn Street

      Honestly, I started watching the speech and I saw him touch a finger to his eye occasionally but I NEVER saw any tears. It was an act!!!

      • Mary Sue

        Yeah, he was doing a stiffer acting job than Clinton, like that time Clinton was joking, laughing, and having a grand ole time at some guy's funeral (forget whose) and he suddenly noticed the camera and went into a very obvious frown and head-lowering and Tony Campolo beside him hadn't seen the camera and was still yukking it up.

    • Mary Sue

      Yeah, his voice didn't have the quaver in it that emotional people get. It was all too controlled.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "I strongly disagree."

      Me too. This guy is narcissism personified. He was thrilled to be there, for all of the wrong reasons.

  • crypticguise

    I don't believe President Obama is "sincere" about anything; I believe he is a Marxist Sociopath and totally unprincipaled when it comes to our Constitution.

    The Ends Justify the Means is the Marxist Ideology that President Obama lives by. Of course, this is only my personal opinion.

  • Allan

    We in this country are missing a very important point. These youngsters are being influenced by the violent video games and movies where hey are shooting up the authorities at will. Is it a surprise they carry out the same scene in real life?

    • Mary Sue

      Violent Video Games didn't make me go out on a shooting spree!
      (btw I've never been out on a shooting spree).

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "We in this country are missing a very important point. These youngsters are being influenced by the violent video games and movies where hey are shooting up the authorities at will. Is it a surprise they carry out the same scene in real life?"

      That's certainly more important to note than all the other liberal talking points.

  • omar kahlid

    I must take issue with this comment "Bible-quoting president Barack Obama was doubtless sincere in his message at the Sandy Hook memorial service. " If he was sincere it would be the first and only time this president was honest about anything. The deceiver-in-chief is the ultimate liar. He and his entourage will lie when the truth suits them better. To lie is their natural response. As a muzlim bho finds orgasmic joy in these murders. There is a world full of countries that ban weapons. Anyone that desires to live without guns should be encouraged to leave and leave the ONE country in the world that allows guns alone. You can have 911 I will have Smith & Wesson.
    I have lived under tyranny and see vividly where the liberals want to take us. Right under their boot.

  • Ghostwriter

    This is going to be trouble.

  • Ghostwriter

    This is going to be trouble.

  • Eleanor

    The problem as I see it is very simple. For the last 20 yrs. video games and movies, etc. have become more and more violet. Let a kid "kill" as they play "games" and when a real opportunity offers itself, what would be their natural response? I remember when games were simple and you just learned out to drive a car and do all kinds of crazy things. This quickly manifested itself with those kids when legal age began to use the highway as their video screen and drove the same. Some who haven't killed themselves on the highway are still cutting off traffic and scaring other drivers with their "video" accomplishments. Sound too silly to be true? Think about it. Whatever you practice long enough you end up doing. How do kids learn? By carefully watching what others do and then imitate. That's where parents come in and teach them right from wrong. We have let our children down with our permissiveness.

    • Mary Sue

      I've played video games for over 30 years, violent and otherwise, and there's not a thing wrong with me.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "This quickly manifested itself with those kids when legal age began to use the highway as their video screen and drove the same. Some who haven't killed themselves on the highway are still cutting off traffic and scaring other drivers with their "video" accomplishments. Sound too silly to be true?"

      It's bad parenting rooted in leftist lies and ideology.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "President Obama, meanwhile, did not make a televised speech at Brian Terry’s memorial service. Neither did the president appear on television in the wake of Major Nidal Hasan’s murderous rampage in 2009 at Fort Hood."

    That alone says so much about this traitor posing as president of the free world.

  • Anamah

    No doubt he is a sociopath… with no morality or conscious of guilty. He must feel how deeply American love and trust him, however he doesn't care and continue implementing the Cloward and Piven theory to asphyxiate our power to prosper. He was the Commander in Chief when Fort Hood massacre and the highest responsible of Major Nidal Hassan the "Soldier of Allah", and denying his terrorist condition; he was in the W.H. while Fast and Furious arms killed our Border Patrol Bryan Terry and many Mexican teenagers. He was also the president covering the Benghazi attack and murder of our Ambassador and three more American and who knows how many more could be there,… sending arms to Al Qaeda not only in Libya but to Syria too…? And he finally got his opportunity to present his obsessive control of guns… over these precious children deaths… And what a show he presented with his overacted tear! This incredibly reality will be better understanding in the next four years…of America declining.

    • kafir4life

      That's why we call him Stinky. It's because of the BO.