I’m writing this live. That is, as I’m actually watching Obama’s town hall meeting on guns as I’m writing this article. I wanted to wait until the end, so I had time to collect my thoughts and put together a more thorough article. But then I got a bit heated at all the claptrap spilling out of his mouth, so I couldn’t resist the urge to respond. So, here we go. Five things I immediately noticed while watching POTUS talk (outta his butt) on guns.
1. Make Something Difficult, You Begin to Make it Impossible
I’ve written about this before, and it’s so true. The goal of his executive actions is to chill the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners. He wants to make gun ownership — buying and selling firearms — incrementally more difficult, costly and time-consuming knowing full well that when you make something difficult, you begin to make it impossible.
2. Less Lethal = Subarm
Obama wants to subarm America. Every time he says the word we need to make guns “safer” or “less lethal,” what he really means is we ought to ban certain types of “unsafe” and “more lethal” firearms. Translation, widely popular and commonly owned black rifles.
And yes, banning firearms and accessories, e.g. AR-15s with 30-round magazines, which Obama unabashedly favors, is taking away one’s guns! So, Obama’s repeated claim throughout the meeting that he “doesn’t want to take our guns” is a bald-faced lie of the highest order!
Plus, when asked by Anderson Cooper on why he touts Australian-style gun laws, Obama completely dodged the question.
3. Meeting with the NRA?
Obama said he would meet with the National Rifle Association if they wanted to.
“I’m happy to meet with them. I’m happy to talk with them,” said the president.
Personally, I’d love to see that showdown. Wayne vs. Barack in a loser leaves town match. Sadly, the NRA was a no show. Probably for good reason, as they knew their hands would be tied in terms of the Q&A format. CNN is apparently not allowing people to rebut the president.
NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told CNN that the nation’s gun lobby saw “no reason to participate in a public relations spectacle orchestrated by the White House.”
4. We Can Do Better…
“We can do better,” to reduce gun violence said Obama at the conclusion of the event. Yes, we can!
We can do a better job prosecuting straw purchasers, we can do a better job cracking down on drug dealers and gangs, we can do a better helping those at-risk of suicides, we can do better providing treatment for those suffering with mental health issues.
None of the stuff we can do better on involves infringing on the Second Amendment. That’s the bottom line.
5. CNN Fair and Balanced?
Lastly, CNN deserves credit for hosting a reasonably fair and balanced meeting. Throughout the night, CNN fielded questions from several pro-gunners, including Taya Kyle, the wife of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
When she had the chance to ask the question, Taya Kyle doubled down on a point she made in an op-ed earlier that day.
“My government has proven that it’s not able to protect me against people who want to kill. And I don’t blame the government, because there is only one person to blame here: The man or woman who decided to kill,” Kyle wrote.
Too bad it was lost on Obama.
“The fact that the system doesn’t catch every single person … has to be weighed against the fact that we might be able to save a whole bunch of families from the grief that some of the people in this audience have had to go through,” he said.
The system doesn’t save anyone. The system is fatally flawed, as Kyle says. We are responsible for our safety — not the government. If we keep giving our rights over to the system, we’re all doomed.
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Ben Franklin