“Obama expected to push gun control in second term”
Which is a good thing, provided we’re talking about Mexican drug cartels. Here, though? Not so much:
With President Obama’s final election behind him, gun-control advocates said they expect the White House to begin pushing through an assortment of gun restrictions in coming months.
Obama rarely talked about guns during his re-election campaign, and when he did, it was mostly to reassure voters he had no plans to take away their constitutionally protected firearms.
The president has been preoccupied with negotiations over a deficit-reduction deal since last month’s election, but activists said they expect Obama to become a much more vocal proponent of gun control in 2013. On their wish list is a ban on assault weapons, mandatory background checks for gun buyers and the closing of private-sale loopholes.
“I expect President Obama to take the lead on closing the gaping hole in our ‘system’ for keeping guns from criminals, underage youth and other prohibited persons,” Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, said. “The federal government’s failure to require all gun sellers to verify that prospective gun owners have passed a background check before transferring a firearm is the single biggest flaw in the current system.”
Because naturally, if you’ve broken some law at some point in time, you lose your right to defend yourself or your family. Just as the Founding Fathers wanted it.
Gun sales soared to record levels since Obama took office, even though the president didn’t impose any additional gun restrictions during his first term. Gun-control advocates predicted the country may be more open to gun restrictions after the high-profile shootings in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater last summer and the recent murder-suicide involving a professional football player.
Bob Costas, an NBC sports broadcaster, advocated more gun control Sunday during a halftime discussion of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, saying Belcher and his girlfriend “would both be alive today” if he didn’t have a gun.
“I am certain Obama thinks our gun laws are insane, and he doesn’t ever have to run for office again,” said Ladd Everitt, spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “It won’t be lost on many people that a sportscaster was willing to speak out about the issue but Obama hasn’t found the guts to take on Republicans yet.”
— Aaaannd there it is. What we call a “tell”: it’s Republicans Obama has to take on, not gun owners. Why? Because evidently there are no Democrats who aren’t for strict gun control, bans on “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines, etc.
Of course, this is utter bunk. Still, all those Democratic gun owners who voted lockstep Democrat are going to be hurt by the coming restrictions every bit as much Republicans — with the added shame of having voted for the privilege.
Obama only cares about Democrats so long as they’re useful idiots for leftist administrations. Remember, the New Left, out of which Obama springs, at one point hated the Democrats — until they found that it was smarter to take over the Party than it was to try to buck them.
Everitt said White House aides have privately assured gun-control advocates that the president would tackle the issue in his second term but didn’t commit to specific proposals.
The lone gun restriction Obama explicitly backed during this year’s campaign was a ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004.
Gun-rights advocates, meanwhile, say they’re bracing for a political battle.
“We’re not optimistic. We’re planning for the worst,” said NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam. “We’ve told people to plan for gun bans and a Supreme Court stacked with anti-gun judges. The president has a variety of options at his disposal — we don’t take any of them for granted.”
And with the NRA being the new KKK, what we have optics-wise for the post-modern President is the battle of angry white racists taking on a black president who just wants to keep children and spouses safe.
At least, that’ll be the pitch.
Thankfully, the NRA never wavers — and I suspect no matter who wins the “battle,” any serious attempts to neuter the Second Amendment will lead to electoral losses going forward.
Because even stupid Democrats like their guns.