President Barack Obama suggested in a recent magazine interview that Republican lawmakers are intransigent on gun control and refuse to listen to him or “broad-based public opinion” on the issue.
“The House Republican majority is made up mostly of members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican and may not feel compelled to pay attention to broad-based public opinion, because what they’re really concerned about is the opinions of their specific Republican constituencies,” the president told The New Republic in an article published Sunday.
I personally thought the “gerrymandering” remark was petty and unworthy of a chief executive. Moreover, lest there be any doubt as to where he’s coming from, the article’s subtitle begins with the words, “Barack Obama is Not Pleased: The president on his enemies….”
The president also said that although public support is on his side for many of his upcoming initiatives, “I can’t get enough votes out of the House of Representatives to actually get something passed.”
As for why GOP House members remain unbending, he offered, “I think there is still shock on the part of some in the party that I won re-election.”
Personally, I was shocked, on election night. Although I knew it was all over when Ohio fell, I continued to watch the returns. Am I still shocked? No, that wore off within the first half-hour. Then I started writing.
Before the president prepared his initiatives — including his 23 executive orders on gun control — he made it clear to New Republic that “Joe Biden met with a wide range of constituencies, including sportsmen and hunters.”
When asked whether he had actually ever fired a gun, Obama replied, “Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.” Although it’s hard for me to picture him holding a 12-gauge at the ready, calling out “Pull!” and then squeezing the trigger, I nonetheless have to take the comment at face value.
But what Obama has to realize is that the Second Amendment has nothing to do with skeet shooting, plinking at tin cans or hunting.
The Second Amendment is all about protection of self and loved ones against not only the criminal element but also a tyrannical government.
Furthermore, as a part of the Bill of Rights — the first 10 amendments to the Constitution — it’s absolute and not subject to compromise, just like the Ten Commandments.
At the White House press briefing on Monday, Press Secretary Jay Carney was unable to either confirm or deny whether the president “does skeet-shooting all the time.” Video courtesy of Washington Free Beacon.
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