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Barack Obama says he wants to ban more classifications of firearms because he wants to keep Americans safe from gun crime.

Do you believe it?

I don’t.

I don’t believe Obama cares a whit about the safety of the American people – and I think I can prove it.

First of all, the statistics Obama ignores demonstrate conclusively that firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens actually saves lives. It’s not even a close call. This fact is illustrated further by the fact that the urban areas that have outright banned firearms possession have become virtual shooting galleries, with more Americans being killed in Chicago than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

All that has been said before – not frequently enough, of course – but the evidence is in on the absolute need for firearms in the hands of American citizens if we are to remain a free and secure people.

But let me give you the indisputable proof that Obama is lying about his concerns for the safety and well-being of the American people.

What did his administration do last week in response to the sequestration budget cuts he himself proposed if an agreement could not be reached with Republicans to raise taxes?

Without any reason whatsoever, other than to punish American citizens and put them at risk of life and limb, his Department of Homeland Security pre-emptively released thousands of illegal-alien criminals from detention. He did this like a willful child who didn’t get his way – even though he got exactly what he asked for, as reporter Bob Woodward has documented.

Now what happens when you release illegal-alien criminals onto the streets of America with no tracking, no monitoring, no oversight, no paperwork? These are not just illegal aliens who came to America looking for work. They are illegal aliens who broke into the country and committed serious crimes. Obama’s DHS gave them get-out-of-jail-free cards.

Does that sound like the act of someone who cares about the safety and welfare of American citizens?

Does it make sense to disarm American citizens in the wake of actions like that?

When police chiefs are warning Americans to arm themselves because their departments no longer have the resources to provide adequate protection to citizens, is this a responsible action by a caring president?

Of course not.

To top it off, local officials offered to provide facilities to hold those illegal-alien criminals – at no cost to the federal government. Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio told DHS he’d take those prisoners free of charge and house them at his Tent City.

“I’ll take them,” he said. “I have room in my tents. I would be happy to have them – and I wouldn’t even charge them. I would love to take them in the tents.”

Like me, Arpaio doesn’t buy the Obama administration’s story that this move was done to cut spending.

He said: “I am always suspicious when the government that has billions of dollars has to say, ‘We are going to release [illegal immigrants] because of budget problems.’ I’m wary of that. They’re utilizing a budget so-called crisis as the reason to kick these people loose. I do have a concern about that.”

Obama makes a show of compassion for average Americans, but that’s all it is – sheer demagoguery. I’m convinced his efforts along these lines are specifically designed to create chaos, not save lives.

It’s like his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, once said: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Obama doesn’t just wait for crises to happen. He creates them and exploits them for maximum political advantage.

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