“President Obama to push assault weapons ban in second term”
Being re-elected gives him flexibility, you see. And you can never let a crisis go to waste.
President Obama will “actively support” efforts by Democrats to reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons next year, the White House announced on Tuesday.
Press secretary Jay Carney said the president would back Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) when she introduces legislation at the opening of the next Congress to ban certain assault weapons in the United States.
Carney said the president would also support other gun-control efforts, including legislation to close the “gun show loophole” on background checks and prevent the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips.
The president has reached out to lawmakers who have expressed a new willingness to consider gun restrictions in the wake of Friday’s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that claimed the lives of 27 people, including 20 children. Carney said Obama has been “heartened” by the willingness to consider such measures from Democrats who have been strong supporters of gun rights.
Obama spoke on Tuesday with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a longtime member of the National Rifle Association who this week said “everything should be on the table” to address gun violence.
Well, everything except getting rid of “gun free zones” — where nearly all of the spree killings take place — itself a restriction instituted by those who made it their mission to “address gun violence.”
Fact: this push has nothing to do with gun violence — Chicago has some of the most restrictive gun laws, and yet it is a war zone — but rather to do with seizing power and deconstructing more of our liberties.
The Republican House should author and pass a bill repealing “gun free zone” ordinances — and states with GOP governors and Republican-controlled legislatures should do the same.
Obama attended a vigil in Newton on Sunday night for the victims of the shooting, vowing to use “whatever power this office holds” to prevent “more tragedies like this.”
“Because what choice do we have?” Obama said. “We can’t accept events like this as routine. Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage? That the politics are too hard?”
First, as our resident sophist slippy points out, “events like this” are far from routine. But that aside, even when they do occur, they occur in those places that progressives have already tried to socially engineer into anti-violence zones, leaving such places open to predators who don’t much give a shit what progressive lawmakers think about stopping gun violence.
Obama largely shied away from gun control fights in his first term, to the dismay of some supporters on the left. The only gun law signed by the president expanded the ability to carry weapons in national parks and onto Amtrak trains.
It was recently reported that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told Attorney General Eric Holder to “shut the f— up” about gun control during a confrontation in 2009.
On Tuesday, Carney said that the president recognized that “as a nation, we need to do better” and that Obama was “a member, and the leader of, the nation.”
The spokesman said he had not discussed with Obama whether he regretted not taking more action on gun control during his first term.
Emanuel, for his part, defended his and the president’s record in an interview on Tuesday.
“President Obama always stood for getting [the assault weapons ban] done, No. 1,” Emanuel told CBS News. “No. 2, I passed the Brady Bill with the assault weapon ban. It is very, very important that we do that. The fact is, in 2009 the president and the entire government was very clear to say this, as the attorney general knows, in getting all the president’s legislation done and working with Congress to do that.”
So. I guess all that propaganda about Obama having not touched our guns — in fact, had actually broadened our gun rights! we were told — is now to be shoved down the memory hole. Because the left never stops in its efforts to secure power for the government at the expense of the individual.
I’ve been saying this since the day of the shooting: to Obama, this is a political opportunity. An “assault weapons ban” or smaller magazine will only harm free and law abiding citizens. Increasing the scope of “gun free zones” will only lead to more carnage. Obama doesn’t care about children or gun violence. He cares about collecting and centralizing power — and taking arms out of the hands of private citizens is one way to nudge the balance of power more toward the centralized police state.
I expect he doesn’t have any idea about the kind of resistance he’s going to meet.
And let me say this right now: any Republican law maker who goes along with any of this should be primaried. And that’s only because we no longer use tar and feathers or run corrupt and cowardly politicians out of town on a rail.