UPDATED: Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 12:48 AM -- NBC News is reporting that President Obama plans to discuss his proposals for new gun control measures at a future time and venue, according to sources inside the administration. The Obama White House has been harshly criticized by anti self defense advocates who are demanding new gun control measures, despite the idea being far out of the mainstream with ordinary Americans.
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 10:18 PM -- Not one word about firearms, so far as I could hear. Interesting. The discussion of jobs and the economy is a far more pressing issue facing this nation. Perhaps the internal polling showed Americans just don't want to hear about gun control -- they want jobs!
As speeches go, um . . . it was all over the place. I've done a lot of public speaking and it was kind of boring actually. He didn't lay out a wish list of "want-to-have's," but in fact talked about possibilities. Of course his idea of "fixing" ObamaCare is just nonsense. It is not helping, it is destroying insurance companies. And his plan jobs plan is just pure stimulus -- lets not mince words. It smacked of far MORE government giveaways, which, folks, means yours and my money. He did talk of more government monies for different things, which plays to his base. And a freeze in spending, which after the drunken orgy of spending we saw in the last four years of the Bush administration, and the first two of Obama's administration, is meaningless. We need a rollback in spending. Surprisingly, he talked of being in favor of tort reform, which made my eyes pop open quite a bit wider. His base will NOT like that.
But most fascinating that guns were never mentioned . . . The things that make you go hmmmm . . .
BTW, here is a new study by the Pew Research Center, breaking down opinions on gun control by various age groups, constituencies, etc. Quite a sea change from a decade or two ago. The public is far more enlightened than it used to be.*********
The president has just been introduced by the Speaker of the House.
My prediction: President Obama in tonight's State Of The Union address will call for restrictions, if not outright bans, on high-capacity magazines -- in light of the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., and because of recent shootings involving police officers in the past week.
BUT, he will be playing to his base with such statements. He knows it will not go anywhere with this Congress, and because the American people do not support it. Most in his party on the Left know that talk of gun control is risky for their political careers. But they may think that proposing bans on high-capacity magazines is somehow less risky.
Maybe. Still, such proposals won't go anywhere.
Obama's proposal, should he make it, will be similar to President George W. Bush, who (for whatever reason) called for an extention of the ban on competition rifles, but knew it wouldn't go anywhere with the Congress in place at that time. That appeasement of some middle ground made no sense then, because it only confused matters.
The speech begins . . .