On Tuesday, President Obama spoke in the East Room of the White House about the executive actions the administration is seeking to take on the transfer of firearms in America.
Mark Barden, whose son Daniel was killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, introduced the President to undoubtedly pull the heart strings of what is being played up as an emotional decision for the White House.
At the end of the President’s address he brought himself to tears (questionable real tears) as he explained his grief when thinking about the young kids killed at Sandy Hook elementary school.
On Monday the White House put forth a plan to unilaterally place requirements that would expand background checks for buyers. The measures would mandate that individuals “in the business of selling firearms” register as licensed dealers, effectively closing the so-called “gun show loophole,” which exempts most small sellers from keeping formal sales records.
“Each time this comes up, we are fed the excuse that common-sense reforms like background checks might not have stopped the last massacre, or the one before that, or the one before that, so why bother trying,” Obama said. “I reject that thinking.”
It’s important to note that these measures would not have saved the children at Sandy Hook who died in a gun free zone. Every mass shooting which Obama uses as a excuse to push his gun control agenda all happened in gun free zones where there is an absence of proper defense against an armed criminal.
These new measures would be ineffective in achieving the reduction in gun violence that the President claims is his main motive.
Interestingly, in 2015 the FBI recorded a record number of firearm-related background checks. Over 23 million in all.
It seems as if the American people are taking up arms rather than putting them down.
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In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting gun sales and concealed carry permit applications shot through the roof in some parts of the country.
What all these gun sales tell you is that the American people are not counting on Obama to protect them. The power of self-protection, as common sense tells us, in the in the hands of the individual.
Just prior to the announcement of what executive actions the administration would like to take, Gallup released a poll showing that guns and gun control ranked near the bottom of the American people’s concerns in 2015.
In fact, guns/gun control ranked 19th out of 23 top problems facing the country last year.
According to Gallup, only one percent of respondents mentioned guns/gun control as a concern for most of the months in 2015, although mentions spiked to 7 percent in October and December following mass shootings in those months that dominated the news. (The overall average for the year was 2 percent.)
If gun control is to be the President’s last attempt to escape his lame duck status, let the label only become more glaring than ever. He has completely failed the American people in all aspects of representation.
Let’s please applauded the President for one thing: his improved acting skills since the last time he attempted to shed tears in front of everyone.
Now, let’s take a note to ourselves, from a human standpoint, on the fact that there were zero tears shed from Obama when U.S. airstrikes murdered children at a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz, Afghanistan, in October.
If the life of all children is not consistent with the President’s morals, then how can we take those tears seriously?
Joe Jankowski writes for PlanetFreeWill.com