The anti-gun Mayors Against Illegal Guns announced via e-mail yesterday that it will deliver backpacks to member of Congress next month representing the number of children who are killed with guns every day, on the same day that Barack Obama met with several mayors to promise what the Washington Times called “unilateral action on guns.”
Congress returns from recess Sept. 9, and MAIG backpacks, along with a Demand Action petition now garnering signatures on the internet, will be there to greet them, according to the e-mail, signed by MAIG Executive Director Mark Glaze. Here's the bulk of his message:
Summer recess is almost over.
Congress comes back to Washington on September 9th, and we're calling on our elected leaders to make better background checks a priority this year.
Each day that passes without action from our leaders, 33 more Americans are murdered with guns -- including seven children.
As we gear up to send our kids back to school, we're taking Congress Back to School on Background Checks by delivering seven backpacks to local congressional and Senate offices across the country. And those backpacks will be filled with petitions signed by supporters like you.
The seven backpacks we'll deliver to members of Congress represent the seven American kids killed with guns every day. That's the shockingly real price of allowing guns to be bought without background checks: seven kids who won't live to see the new school year.
As a father, I can't imagine the pain of losing a child. But it's an ordeal that countless families have suffered -- more than 8,000 just since the massacre at Newtown.
I've met many of these parents and families. They'll do anything in their power to prevent other families from experiencing what they've been through.
And we'll be right there with them.
While MAIG will be playing to the cameras – if they show up – President Obama will apparently be playing emperor, as he appears to be with the Syria situation. Writing at Townhall, columnist Terry Jeffrey reminded readers that in a Dec. 20, 2007 interview with the Boston Globe, then-candidate Obama stated, “The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
Likewise, gun advocates will argue, Mr. Obama does not have the authority to unilaterally undermine the Second Amendment, which is a cornerstone of the Constitution. So, they are watching to see what rabbit he tries pulling out of the hat that would compel Congress or state legislatures to roll over and play dead.
Perhaps he will launch a nationwide copycat campaign based on Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s effort with Washington Ceasefire to create so-called “gun free zones” in businesses that post a decal in their windows telling armed citizens their patronage isn’t welcome. The United States could become one great big zone of happy thoughts.
MAIG’s backpack idea plays off the current popular characterization of public school students walking around with backpacks full of books and school materials.
According to the Washington Times, Mr. Obama hosted Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Oakland, Calif. Mayor Jean Quan, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Hampton, Va. Mayor Molly Ward and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
Rather than copies of petitions about guns, MAIG might better serve the country’s purposes, rather than their own, by delivering copies of the Constitution along with those backpacks as a reminder to Capitol Hill that the White House is not a castle and the man inside is not a king.