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Charles Hurt

Articles by Charles Hurt

** FILE ** FBI agents walk along Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Mass., on April 19, 2013. (Associated Press)

HURT: Boston on wrong side of gun-control debate

Across the country, good people watched the events unfold around Boston all week and felt sorry for their defenseless fellow Americans cowering in their homes. "Bet they wish they had a gun now," was the common refrain. Published April 23, 2013

President Obama leaves the podium after speaking in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on April 15, 2013, following the explosions at the Boston Marathon. (Associated Press)

HURT: A pox on both sides' perpetual 'rush to politics'

When did we all become so bitterly political? When did vicious murder, blind terrorism, the slaughter of innocent children and cruel rampages by mad men become so divisive and partisan in America? Published April 16, 2013

President Barack Obama laughs during the beginning of the Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner, Friday, June 19, 2009, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

HURT: Social Security 'reform': This is another stickup

Having plunged America trillions of dollars deeper into debt with little to show for it, President Obama reportedly has found agreement with congressional Republicans on something: Social Security "reform." Published April 9, 2013

HURT: Obama's 'common sense' on guns makes no sense

President Obama keeps preaching about "common-sense" new federal laws that will end the senseless slaughter of innocents such as the massacre we saw at an elementary school in December. Published April 4, 2013

**FILE** A girl sits on a Newtown bus leaving the new Sandy Hook Elementary School after the first day of classes in Monroe, Conn., on Jan. 3, 2013. The Sandy Hook students started that day in their new school, formerly called Chalk Hill School in Monroe. It was renamed Sandy Hook Elementary and overhauled especially for the students from the Sandy Hook School shooting. (Associated Press)

HURT: Newtown as political tool against guns

The truth is, President Obama and his fellow politicians have no real plan for curbing gun violence. Twenty children were murdered by a psychopath and they smelled blood. And they did what politicians do. They used the poor dead children to push their political agenda. Published April 3, 2013

HURT: Communing with hatemongers from the pulpit

President Obama sure is serpent-bit when it comes to going to church. First, it was his longtime Chicago preacher who dragged the young presidential aspirant into hot water with all his fiery old sermons about the U.S. of KKK and chickens coming home to roost. Now, his most regular preacher, we find out, hangs out with white supremacists. Published April 2, 2013

** FILE ** The Butner Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C., is pictured on Monday, July 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

HURT: Please withhold your judgment of prison father-daughter dances

The purpose of the very traditional father-daughter dance inside prison walls is just what you would think. It gives lost little girls a glimpse of their fathers in a highly controlled environment. And it gives fathers a heart-wrenching glimpse of their daughters, which hopefully becomes an incentive to get through their prison stint and stay out. Published March 26, 2013

The 2010 census gave respondents 14 options for ethnicity, as well as a place to write in another ethnic group with which they identified. Under the two-question set-up, however, respondents only have seven options. (Associated Press)

HURT: We're from the government and we're here to learn everything about you

Rage over the waste and injustice of agents sent by the federal government to bang on doors of law-abiding citizens to ask probing, creepy questions is normally something that bubbles up only every 10 years. But ever since the federal government became a cancerous leviathan, the outrage is now an annual occurrence. Published March 19, 2013

President Obama speaks about automatic defense budget cuts during a visit to Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, in Newport News, Va., on Feb. 26, 2013. (Associated Press)

HURT: Barack Obama, the spending jihadist

With $6 trillion down the drain, you might think that wild, drunken spending of other people's money that we do not have is President Obama's single greatest talent. Turns out, there is something else he is even better at. Published March 5, 2013

First lady Michelle Obama, appearing on-screen from Washington, and actor Jack Nicholson present the award for best picture during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/Associated Press)

HURT: 'Obargo' — A tale of hostage-taking not involving Iran

The Oscar-winning tale "Argo" contains a movie within the movie. Comparisons to Shakespeare's Hamlet — or anything worth remembering, for that matter — certainly end there. So, it was altogether fitting that first lady Michelle Obama horned her way into the insufferable ceremony to award the night's most coveted honor to the hostage thriller. Published February 26, 2013

HURT: Anti-gun zealots going ‘cuckoo’ from coast to coast

In New York, they are rounding up the crazies. In Seattle, they want armed police invading the homes of law-abiding gun owners for annual "inspections." In Denver, plans are under way to levy new taxes on gun owners to raise millions for the state's strained coffers. Published February 19, 2013

The Capitol dome is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

HURT: Gun-free zones are only for 'the little people'

Living here in the shadow of our nation's great Capitol in this fine Federal City, my neighbors and I enjoy the peace and serenity of a tightly enforced "no-fly" zone. By "peace" and "serenity" I mean that we are under near-constant assault by helicopters everywhere whapping just over our rooftops. Published January 29, 2013