We’ve learned many things about (NMP) Obama during his 3 1/2 years in office: one of them is that he loves to make pronouncements about something needing to be done, but he’s rarely willing to do the hard work himself, instead, outsourcing the job to others, whether they want to or not. Obviously, doing the work would interfere with his campaign, vacation, and golf time, plus, it’s good to be the king and not have to lift a finger to actually lead. He does the same thing as he discusses gun control
(Politico) President Obama touched the sensitive issue of guns here on Wednesday, pivoting off last week’s Colorado movie theater shootings to call for a “consensus around violence reduction” in the country.
With the last public event of a four-day trip that started with a visit to the Aurora, Colo., hospital where almost two dozen victims were brought after the shootings, Obama said he supports measures to conduct background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, fugitives and the mentally ill.
Criminals and fugitives tend not to care about the law. That’s why they’re “criminals” and “fugitives”.
“I – like most Americans – believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms,” Obama said. “I think we recognize the traditions of gun ownership passed on from generation to generation, that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage.
Interesting that he leaves out gun ownership for protection.
“But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers and not in the hands of crooks. They belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities,” he added.
Some might disagree, like…..Senator and 2oo4 Democrat presidential nominee John Kerry, who seems to own a Chinese variant of an AK-47. Also, most people who own them legally do not go on shooting rampages like James Holmes did: they tend to be gang bangers and other criminals, who do not own them legally.
Perhaps he should also look towards his own administration which ran assault rifles down to Mexico, handing them over to criminals bent on using them for non-battlefield related purposes. Anyhow, here we go
Obama bemoaned the lack of political will to tackle gun issues, noting how congressional leaders have so far shown little interest in advancing new legislation following the Colorado shooting.
“When there’s an extraordinarily heartbreaking tragedy like the one we saw, there’s always an outcry immediately after for action,” Obama said. “There’s talk of new reforms. There’s talk of legislation. And too often those efforts are defeated by politics and by lobbying and eventually by the pull of our collective attention elsewhere. But what I said in the wake of Tucson is we’re going to stay on this persistently.”
Obama said he’d “continue to work with members of both parties and with religious groups and with civic organizations to arrive at a consensus around violence reduction.”
In other words, Obama will talk and talk and talk, but His Majesty expects Someone Else to do the hard work in submitting legislation for Him to sign. Of course, even his own party will ignore them, because gun control is a losing issue. Perhaps he should try giving this talk in his hometown of Chicago, where people are being gunned down by illegal guns because law abiding citizens aren’t allowed to legally carry guns to protect themselves.
It’ll also be interesting to see if he stays on this subject “persistently”, or if his attention is drawn elsewhere. I’m betting that you never hear about this subject again.