The President’s Non-Answer on Gun Control
There is a new video of President Obama at a PBS Town Hall event, answering questions from the audience. A gunshop owner was one of the attendees and asked him:
“Why do you and Hillary want to control and restrict and limit gun manufacturers, gun owners and responsible use of guns and ammunition to the rest of us, the good guys, instead of holding the bad guys accountable for their actions? And Mr. President, if I may, I’d like to use Chicago, your hometown, a city that has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, a city that for decades and still is under Democratic control, a city that has an outrageous and even embarrasing murder rate, as my first example. Why can’t we round up these thugs, these drug dealers and gang members and hold them accountable for their actions or allow the good people in Chicago the access to firearms to protect themselves?”
As you may have guessed, President Obama, a politician of politicians, didn’t answer the question. But his spin does give me the chance to tell you what he should have said:
Mr. Obama started his excuses… I mean response… by invoking the name of one of his most hated opponents, the NRA. Beginning your excuses… I mean response, by naming an opponent is classic propaganda. (I’m not even a member of the NRA.)
In answering the man’s question, Mr. Obama ignores the problems in his hometown of Chicago and shifts his story to automobile safety, which of course does nothing to explain why Chicago has one of the highest gun violence problems in the country.
Instead, the President points out that there have been more guns sold during his presidency than about any other time in U.S. history. Whether he says this as a reason why more regulation is necessary or in an effort to seem like he’s taken a “hands-off” approach to gun sales, we don’t know. I think he was just buying time as he formulated his excuses.
The fact is, there are a few valid reasons for high gun sales during the Obama presidency and none of them reflect well on Mr. Obama or his administration.
Here are some reasons I can think of:
- We are a nation built on consumerism. There have been more pillows sold during his presidency than at about any other time in U.S. History. The same goes for rubber bands, bottles of water and drones.
- Many people have been rushing to buy guns because many believe he was doing all he could to stop the manufacture and sale of guns and ammunition at some point in his 8 year reign. I suspect gun and ammunition manufacturers have thoroughly enjoyed all the extra money they made because of Obama’s presidency. He didn’t outlaw gun purchase or ownership, but that’s not the point. People thought he was going to and they bought guns for that specific reason.
- There is a rise in the number of people who believe the Federal Government is corrupt, inept or soon will be. There are people buying guns and survival gear simply because they believe they will, during their lifetime, be living in an uncivilized former republic rife with chaos.
- We are at war with a terrorist ideology (radical Islam) that our Federal Government cannot currently control, contain or defeat. This is primarily because they don’t understand the true problem. Meanwhile, our Federal Government and many leaders in politics and the media, tell us it is hateful to report suspicious activity from people that talk a certain way, dress a certain way, act a certain way and who have a heritage that connects them to the Middle East. Therefore, a man can fly to Pakistan, bring back a bride, stockpile weapons and eventually massacre 14 innocent people and injure 22 more innocent people, before a law enforcement agency will step in and try to stop them (San Bernardino, CA). For the first 24 -48 hours after this blatant terrorist attack, nobody in the mainstream media and nobody in the White House would dare suggest that the killers were Muslim, that they had ties to terrorist organizations in the Middle East or that they might be Islamic terrorists. Neighbors came forward after the attacks and admitted that they were suspicious about the killers, but said nothing out of fear of being considered Islamophobic.
You wonder why someone might feel afraid to use common sense? I could list dozens of reasons, but it all points back to progressivism and the type of propaganda and ideology embraced by Mr. Obama and people who are politically allied with liberal politicians.
As an example: we have had over a dozen terrorist attacks in the U.S. or on U.S. military bases, since President Obama took office and each time, they tried to explain why the Islamic attacker, who had pledged allegiance to some foreign terrorist group, was really just a disgruntled employee, a spurned lover or a good kid who had been driven to kill because of persecution for being a minority. These killers are as follows: Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, Arid Uka, Tamerlan and Dhozkar Tsarnaev, Alton Nolen, Zale Thompson, Ismaayil Brinsley, Elton Simpson, Nadir Hamid Soofi, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. This list doesn’t even include the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. In all, hundreds of American families are directly impacted by the death to a loved one or a serious injury to a loved one. At the same time the White House is trying to explain away any hint of violence in the Quran, secular groups are trying to tell us that white male Christians are the real domestic terrorists in the U.S. Secular activists post pictures of atheists, agnostics and men who could not be described as “Christian” by any stretch of the imagination and try to claim that it is the Christians who are doing the killing in the U.S.
What these secular groups are trying to do is intimidate Christians so Christians will not speak out against domestic terror attacks, nor will we speak out against all the other ideologies that are sucking the life out of American society.
Isn’t it strange how a Christian is berated if he or she says anything less than celebratory about homosexual behavior? Yet at the same time Muslim countries can imprison and execute people caught in homosexual relationships or behaviors and not a word is said?
Meanwhile, President Obama does everything he can to force Catholic nuns to provide artificial contraception and sterilization to their employees. He tells all public schools in the U.S. that they must allow anyone into any bathroom and locker room they wish, regardless of the person’s sex. He tells doctors that they must perform abortions and sex changes if they receive any federal money in their practice.
I’m not a huge gun advocate, but when the government acts like the feelings of the LGBT community and the fantasies of abortion advocates are more important than defeating Islamic terrorism, I can’t blame people for thinking they had better be prepared to take their safety in to their own hands.
So the question can be condensed: Mr. President, why do you want to restrict all gun use and gun ownership in the United States, even responsible use and ownership, when doing so in Chicago is a categorical failure?
Mr. Obama’s honest response (as if that is even within the realm of possibility) should have been: Because people are much easier to control if they have no way to defend themselves from the power of the State.