American Elephants

Obama’s Gun Policies Are As Important as Defeating the Nazis? by The Elephant's Child

I am frequently amazed at the way that the liberal mind works, but I found this report from longtime CBS Reporter Bob Schieffer startling. This was a CBS News Special Report:

BOB SCHIEFFER: …Let’s remember: there was considerable opposition when Lyndon Johnson went to the Congress and…presented some of the most comprehensive civil rights legislation in the history of this country. Most people told him he couldn’t get it done, but he figured out a way to do it. And that’s what Barack Obama is going to have to do…what happened in Newtown was probably the worst day in this country’s history since 9/11. We found Osama bin Laden. We tracked him down. We changed the way that we dealt with that problem. Surely, finding Osama bin Laden; surely, passing civil rights legislation, as Lyndon Johnson was able to do; and before that, surely, defeating the Nazis, was a much more formidable task than taking on the gun lobby.

SCHIEFFER: This is a turning point in this country, and the President is going to have to do more than just make a speech about it. This is one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard him deliver, but it’s going to take more than that from the White House. He’s going to have to get his hands dirty. He’s going to have to get in there and – and work this problem until he gets it done. But unless we figure out a way to make sure that something like Newtown never happens again, we’re not the country that we once were. I think we still are. I think there’s hope. I think something’s going to happen here.

Obama’s presidential posturing over “gun-violence” is equal to defeating the Nazis? Can we have a little excess here? There is not one thing in Obama’s long list of proposals that would have done anything to prevent the Sandy Hook tragedy, and nothing that would prevent any future tragedy. It was pure political posing, and useless posing at that. Americans natural right to defend themselves from attack is something Americans believe in deeply. Americans  have more negative feelings about the president than they do about the National Rifle Association, according to Gallup.

This is an excellent demonstration of why Rahm Emanuel famously said “Never let a crisis go to waste.” Politicians prey on emotions of shock and horror to rouse the public and, apparently, journalists who should know better, to get them to take misguided action. If you can’t pass a law when people are calm and ready to consider all sides of the argument, than you shouldn’t be passing it on a wave of emotion.


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