Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Obama's Gun Control Proposals .. pro and con

On January 16, 2013, President Obama went on national television and presented his 23-point "Executive Order" proposal to "stop the gun violence":

You can see the video here ( a 16 minute speech):

(  The context of the speech is available in text from the Washington Post,  here.   NOTE that the context of this "QUOTE" is not the same as the context you will see in this video.   It starts earlier in the speech.)

A side note, though: I find it shameful that disagree strongly with the the President who (at about 7"40' into the speech) typifies those who disagree with his solutions as being motivated by personal gratification:

" This will be difficult. There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical all-out assault on liberty, not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves. And behind the scenes, they’ll do everything they can to block any commonsense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever. ."
[emphasis added]
This isn't mudslinging against a political opponent, but a base canard pointed directly toward those who believe that their vision of the Second Amendment of the Constitution legitimately differs from that of the President.

Well, he's a politician.  Remember the old saying from when you were a child?
"I'm rubber, you're glue; whatever you say bounces off me, and sticks to you!"
Not anyone agrees that these talking points provide the "Perfect Solution".

Some say, that the goals cannot be accomplished without universal gun registration; and that registrations equates to confiscation.  (See also here; a 2-minute rebutal.) 

On February 12, 2013, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union Address, in which he discussed (in part) the issue of Gun Control:

He did not address his specific proposals, but only spoke parenthetically about "Gun Violence":

Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. Indeed, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges I’ve outlined tonight. But we were never sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can, to secure this nation, expand opportunity, and uphold our ideals through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary work of self-government.
I applaud President Obama's tacit admission that enacting random confiscatory laws against firearms possession will not resolve the problems with violence in America.  I hope that all Americans will look closely at  the various "Gun Control" proposals which are being presented to Congress and to the people of the United states.  These proposals are less than a band-aid; they will not change the pattern of violence; they would only exacerbate the problems by penalizing peaceful, honest citizens while doing NOTHING to curb violence, hatred, evil intent and public slaughter of innocents.

For perhaps the first time I agree completely with Mr. Obama.  It's not about "Gun Violence", it's about "Violence".  It's not about "Gun Control"; in fact, it's not about guns at all.

I don't know who he has been listening to, but I only wish he had started listening years ago.  It would not necessarily have made our nation more "peaceful", but it would have allowed us to protect each other more effectively.

NOTE:  Some people wonder if congress has any right at all to regulate firearms ownership in America.  See the Christian Science Monitor, February 13, 2013.


Anonymous said...

Why can't they just quit meddeling and leave us alone?

Anonymous said...

What POTUS wants, congress often gives him.