After the sad election last November, the President joked around with Barbara Walters on ABC about his daughters being surrounded by guns all the time. I am sure that, as a father, he thinks that’s a mighty fine perk.
His daughters are surrounded by guns, but I’ll bet the suggestion that the teachers of your children could be armed will get nowhere with the White House.
I am sure everyone agrees that the protection details of a sitting president and his family shouldn’t be diminished. The scenario of the kidnapping of a president’s daughter could spark a constitutional crisis these days. A fictitious scenario like this was played out in the fourth and fifth seasons of the TV series, The West Wing. Pres. Bartlett felt compelled to invoke the 25th Amendment. (As an aside, I used to think the White House in The West Wing was liberal. HAH!) I have no problem with former presidents having some Secret Service protection, for obvious reasons.
Nevertheless, it is ironic that, even as he is now working to disarm law-abiding citizens, Obama signed into effect legislation that will continue his own Secret Service protection for life.
Guns and the right to protect yourself are only for the elite, it seems.