This afternoon, President Obama showed a stunning display of dishonesty, idiocy, and emotional blackmail during a press conference covering his executive orders on gun control. Here’s a transcript of his remarks: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/01/05/transcript-president-obamas-remarks-on-gun-violence/
President Obama started with a statement about the shooting of Gabby Giffords, and
That’s why we’re here today. Not to debate the last mass shooting, but to do something to try to prevent the next one.
Strange, I can’t think of any mass shootings that would have been prevented by a background check. In fact:
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. I reject that thinking. (Applause.) We know we can’t stop every act of violence, every act of evil in the world. But maybe we could try to stop one act of evil, one act of violence.
Some of you may recall, at the same time that Sandy Hook happened, a disturbed person in China took a knife and tried to kill — with a knife — a bunch of children in China. But most of them survived because he didn’t have access to a powerful weapon. We maybe can’t save everybody, but we could save some. Just as we don’t prevent all traffic accidents but we take steps to try to reduce traffic accidents.
Seriously? The President said background checks were “common sense” and then segued into Sandy Hook, a mass shooting that background checks singularly wouldn’t have prevented. You know, because Adam Lanza murdered his mother to get her guns (which she was background checked on, and duly registered). Jared Loughner, perpetrator of the Giffords shooting in Tuscon was background checked too. Later on he states:
Our right to peaceful assembly -– that right was robbed from moviegoers in Aurora and Lafayette. Our unalienable right to life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness -– those rights were stripped from college students in Blacksburg and Santa Barbara, and from high schoolers at Columbine, and from first-graders in Newtown. First-graders. And from every family who never imagined that their loved one would be taken from our lives by a bullet from a gun.
With the exception of Newtown, each of these perpetrators were background checked. How on earth can he use these to justify background checks? How? Even CNN knows that background checks probably won’t stop mass shootings. It’s not like the White House hasn’t been asked these questions before either – watch them duck and weave when asked whether their proposals would actually stop mass shootings back in December, 2015:
Yes, the gun lobby is loud and it is organized in defense of making it effortless for guns to be available for anybody, any time. Well, you know what, the rest of us, we all have to be just as passionate.
Seriously? Wow, let me just rush right out and pick up a new M4 at 7-11. He made this statement just seven sentences after talking about the gun lobby lying. He then went on to make this claim:
A violent felon can buy the exact same weapon over the Internet with no background check, no questions asked.
This right here is complete unvarnished bullshit. It’s got no basis in fact, guns aren’t shipped to your door from an internet sale, especially from gun dealers. There’s no exemption for background check requirements if a sale is done online. This is just an updated version of the so-called “gun show loophole” (which also doesn’t exist)
But what really galls me is this statement:
And, yes, it will be hard, and it won’t happen overnight. It won’t happen during this Congress. It won’t happen during my presidency. But a lot of things don’t happen overnight. A woman’s right to vote didn’t happen overnight. The liberation of African Americans didn’t happen overnight. LGBT rights — that was decades’ worth of work. So just because it’s hard, that’s no excuse not to try.
Gun control is not in any way comparable to women voting, or civil rights, or LGBT rights. Each of those empowered people who were previously denied constitutional protections. What the President wants, instead, is to make sure that people are victims at the whim of the state.
That’s terrible. It didn’t save Carol Browne, nor will it protect anyone else.