In his speech to the Congressional Black Caucus, President Barack Obama openly declared war on legal guns. In what many think is a political ploy to paper over his low ratings on the economy, Obama went on a tirade against guns, making special note of the Washington Naval Yard shooting. However, the gun the shooter brought with him was a Remington 870 Express, which was on the exempt list from the failed gun control bill. That gun would have been legal even if the bill had passed.
“If we really want to be a country where we can go to work, and go to school, and walk our streets free from senseless violence … then we’re going to have to change. We’re going to have to change.”
But his declared war on guns brings considerable risks. Gun restrictions have never been popular and politicians in the past have paid a heavy price to vote for gun legislation. Most notably, the recent recall of state senators Morse and Giron in Colorado, who were thrown out of office, after passing sweeping gun regulations.
His attempt to build a wedge issue that can give democrats control of the House and Senate, so that he can push through his agenda of higher energy prices, amnesty for illegal aliens and gun control, will put him on a collision course with democrats up for reelection from gun states in 2014.
Obama and the democrats tried to enact new gun restrictions back in April, but republican solidarity and several democrat crossovers blocked passage. Obama had a temper tantrum that day and declared:
“To change Washington, you, the American people will have to sustain some passion about this, and when necessary, you have to send the right people to Washington, and that requires strength and persistence and that’s one thing these families should have inspired in all of us.”
He then accused gun advocates of willfully lying. In his recent speech, he praised the United Kingdom for passing strict gun laws after a mass shooting in Scotland. What he neglected to tell us is that after the passage of strict gun laws the UK gun violence rate increased by 3%. During the same time gun violence dropped 30% in the United States.
Obama blames it on the constitution when he says:
“What’s different in America is it’s easy to get your hands on gun — and a lot of us know this. …The politics are difficult. I cannot accept that.”
I'm sorry, but if he can't accept that, why did he take the oath of office, which includes :
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”