Obama Calls Local Officials to Lobby for Gun Control After Kalamazoo

President Obama hectors state governors (courtesy washingtontimes.com)

“President Obama called [the mayor, sheriff and police chief] in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Monday morning to pledge federal resources for their probe of a mass shooting, and said the tragedy highlights the need for more gun laws,” washingtontimes.com reports. And then the President of the United states . . .

used the mass shooting to berate pols (and anyone else who would listen) at a governors’ conference “Clearly we’re going to need to do more if we’re going to keep innocent Americans safe. I’ve got to assume that all of you are just as tired as I am of seeing this stuff happen in your states.”

And then President Obama called on the governors to “partner and think about what we can do in a common-sense way, in a bipartisan way, without some of the ideological rhetoric that so often surrounds that issue.”

Remind me again which side uses “rhetoric” to degrade and destroy Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms? And while we’re at it . . .

Local authorities haven’t revealed yet how the alleged gunman, James B. Dalton, obtained the handgun used in the shootings. Six people were killed at random and two others seriously wounded.

Mr. Obama . . . told the governors that gun violence is just as much of a national-security concern as terrorist attacks like the one in California in December.

“The attack in San Bernardino killed 14 of our fellow Americans, and here’s a hard truth: we probably lost even more Americans than that to guns this weekend alone,” Mr. Obama said.

Once again, the President is waving the bloody shirt for gun control before any salient facts about a shooting emerge. Not that salient facts have anything to do with his call for gun control. Or anyone else’s either.

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  1. avatar Chadwick P. says:

    Terrorists attack people and he blames guns… Somebody else attacks people and he blames guns… Well at least he’s a consistent idiot.

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  2. avatar JB Karns says:

    Oh gee-whizzers…what an utter surprise.

    Why cannot people simply ignore this particular Globalist-Collectivist domestic enemy, rather than giving its tyrannical-vomitus a platform?

    Would that people would just begin to steadfastly refuse to accept and to comply with all govt actions that are clearly unconstitutional and which violate fundamental essential Liberty Principles.

  3. avatar HandyDan says:

    Unlikely in Michigan. We may be plagued by liberal idiots in Lansing and the SE corner of our state, but the rest of the state is pretty conservative. Even in Detroit the local police chief encourages people to get their concealed pistol license and to go armed.

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      I don’t know. Snyder isn’t exactly gun friendly. The improvements he has signed were mostly to avoid his lynching.

      1. avatar HandyDan says:

        Yeah, Snyder is a piece of crap, but fortunately he is weak willed and won’t be able to push an anti-gun agenda. Of course, the results of the road tax where 91% voted against and Snyder pushed nearly identical legislation through anyway does give me pause.

      2. avatar D-Fens says:

        Michigan is not conservative. Michigan is as solidly blue as MA, IL, NY, NJ or any other blue state. Yeah, we have/had a lot of hunters/Fudds but they are reliably brainwashed union members who will vote Dem in every election.

        1. avatar Kyle says:

          Is it really that blue though? I mean Michigan did not see gun control and banning of AR-15s pass after Newtown like most of the other blue states.

        2. avatar peirsonb says:

          North of US 10 is deep red. Like most other blue states, eliminate certain regions and voting results would be much different.

        3. avatar HandyDan says:

          Get out of the liberal areas of Michigan and you will see just how wrong you are.

        4. avatar uncommon_sense says:

          D-Fens,

          Michigan is a strange animal. Both of Michigan’s U.S. Senators have been Democrat for decades. Michigan usually votes D for President of the United States. Governors go back and forth between R and D. Republicans have held a majority in their state legislature for most of that last 20 or so years. I don’t know how you could characterize that as either blue or red.

        5. avatar D-Fens says:

          “North of US 10 is deep red” really? Have you ever been to Traverse City aka Ann Arbor North aka Micheal Moore’s new hometown (and they LOVE him there)?

          Maybe MI was evenly divided between red/blue areas, 20-25 years ago. The red folks are dying off/retiring to other states and are being replaced by liberal(D) voters.

        6. avatar peirsonb says:

          I lived VERY near Traverse. They definitely don’t love him there….

        7. avatar Jeff says:

          The area where I live in the thumb is all Republican.

  4. avatar CLarson says:

    I guess after North Korea told him, “F’ off, no disarmament, ” he’s back to wasting time not doing his real job.

  5. avatar DrVino says:

    “Obama splashes in the still-warm puddles of blood in Kalamazoo”

  6. avatar Ralph says:

    Ten more months of Obama bullsh!t. Ten more months.

    1. avatar DrVino says:

      Yes. But then what?

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Anything is better than the current POSPOTUS. Anything.

        1. avatar DrVino says:

          Bernillary?

        2. avatar Ing says:

          Hillary: Proof that in politics, it can always get worse.

    2. avatar Anon says:

      Then we get another incompetent ass in office…Donald Stump or Killary Clinton…so we’re fucked either way….unless Ted Cruz magically wins but the establishment don’t want a real President

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        I do not believe that anyone as universally despised as Hitlery will ever become President. Everybody hates her — including Bill, who is the head of the Clinton Crime Family.

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          “Everybody hates her …”

          A little news-bite not widely reported:

          In last week’s primary, Democrat turn-out was 30 percent lower than 2012, while Republican turnout was substantially *higher*.

          There’s little enthusiasm for the Left, while there is motivation for the Right.

          That will matter in November.

          A quickie news blurb on Drudge last night – At a Hollywood dinner gathering of some sort, it was reported quite a few there intended to vote for Trump and not let anyone know they voted that way.

          If true, an interesting development…

      2. avatar Stray Dogg says:

        A majority of voters want to elect Donald Trump. You are dreaming if you think that Ted Cruz is anything but a controlled shill for the establishment.
        We need a wall across our southern border. We need a leader who will put the American people first. We to need bring jobs back from overseas. We need to kill the PC nonsense that is destroying our country.
        Ted Cruz talks a good game, but he has had plenty of time to do any of the things he promises. He has been all talk and no action. What makes you think he would change after being elected president?
        You can use cute name calling to disrespect Donald Trump, but if you understood anything about economics and trade, you would realize that he is the man for the job.

        1. avatar Stinkeye says:

          “Plenty of time”? So three years in the Senate is all it should take for one man to solve all the problems with this country?

          And if you understood anything about economics and trade, you would know that there isn’t jack-shit any president can do about jobs being moved overseas. Trump says he’s going to somehow force Apple to make iPhones in the U.S. How exactly would he do that? Ask nicely? Call them names until they do? Fundamentally rewrite the laws of economics so that it’s not impossibly expensive to make the iPhone here?

        2. avatar Defiant Deity says:

          Stinkeye is 100% correct. I agree Trump does say a lot of things I agree with but isn’t that how we ended up with obama? He too had a nice campaign slogan and ran on saying things Americans wanted to hear with no history to back him up. Trump has a history but obviously you have never even bothered to look into it to see the real person Trump is. The only thing he cares about is himself and making money. Trump is what people claim to hate about politics, using government./political connections to get ahead.

          You then go on to bash Cruz who has only been in the Senate for 3 years? What do you expect 1 senator to do? He has done a lot including standing up for our gun rights, stood up to obamacare, has even stood up to his own party leaders. Where do you get this lie that he is an establishment shill? The GOP cannot stand him because he has stood up to them in defense of all citizens. You can thank Cruz for the Heller SCOTUS case as well. Trump has never done anything for anyone else unless he got some benefit out of it. I can go on all day and prove Cruz is more deserving than that fraud Trump but it doesn’t matter because there are too many ignorant people in this country, they gave us obama and now they will give us Trump.

      3. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

        If the establishment were really that powerful, then Jeb would have driven everyone else from the race by now. Instead, Jeb’s out, and the three anti-establishment candidates Cruz, Trump and Carson have combined to win 79% of the delegates so far.

        Everybody’s on the same stage at this point. It’s in the hands of the voters now and the people have no one to blame but themselves for what happens.

  7. avatar NYC2AZ says:

    I read an article in a German newspaper the other day that interviewed survivors of the Paris attacks. I got through the whole article without seeing one reference to gun control, the NRA, or the various parroted gun control talking points about how those deaths were somehow my fault for owning a tool. It was interesting because at the end of the article, I was angry and sad for the correct reasons.

    http://m.spiegel.de/international/europe/a-1077426.html

  8. avatar LongPurple says:

    “Local authorities haven’t revealed yet how the alleged gunman, James B. Dalton, obtained the handgun used in the shootings.”

    That sounds like it’s way to early to start exploiting the bloodshed for advancing the civilian disarmament agenda. Or does Obama have more information than we mere “civilians” can handle?

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      Hardly. Obama “governs” in lockstep with Rules for Radicals.

      Never let a good crisis go to waste.

      1. avatar Cliff H says:

        Full concept per Saul Alinsky:

        1) Use a tragedy as a crisis, or create a crisis where none exists.
        2) Paint the crisis with as much emotion as possible, and throw logical analysis out the window.
        3) Propose the one and only solution to the problem, which just happens to coincide with what you’ve wanted to implement for many years.
        4) Paint anyone who opposes your one and only solution as evil, uncaring, not smart enough to understand the nuanced brilliance of your solution, or in the pockets of …. you pick the evil entity.
        5) Force the solution on the people by any means, whether legislatively, by executive order, or through the legal system.
        6) When the unintended consequences of your solution rear their ugly head, use them as a reason for more brilliant solutions to made up crises .

        1. avatar peirsonb says:

          I do most of my TTAGing on my phone nowadays. No way I was typing that with my thumbs.

  9. avatar Mark says:

    Obama = worst president ever and FLAME DELETED

  10. avatar Cloudbuster says:

    Argh! And no one, anywhere, will be able to propose a law that would have stopped this incident. I’ve never hated a President as much as I hate this President.

    1. avatar SteveInCO says:

      He makes me miss Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. And THAT is one hell of a (negative) accomplishment.

      1. avatar sam says:

        At least Jimmy ( whether you liked him or not) seemed to be an honest grounded man with principles. Honest and Principled were never a traits of Billery!

  11. avatar Nate in the land of townships says:

    So laws requiring universal background checks, registration, and being required to have a permit to carry a concealed handgun didn’t stop that wacko so we need more gun laws? Like what, confinscation? Why don’t we just make murder illegal? Oh wait…

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Yes sir … I do believe Michigan has handgun registration, requires all people to pass background checks before acquiring pistols from any source (whether via private, person-to-person sales or via federally licensed dealers), and requires a license to carry a handgun in public.

      None of those measures stopped this piece of human garbage from murdering 6 people. What additional measure could possibly have stopped this piece of trash?

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        What additional measure could possibly have stopped this piece of trash?

        I’m thinking that a .45 slug in his T-Box from the gun of a bystander would have done the trick.

      2. avatar Annnon says:

        Oh, you just need to ask Gabby, Mark, Hildious, and Bananader in cheef . it’s all
        .Cawmen cents, The Rights of the Many are outweighed, by the wants of the few.

        Speaking of “Gabby” has anyone else noticed how she seems to be trying to look like Sara Palin lately ( only plumper) ?

    2. avatar Annnon says:

      Hey, Doesn’t Uber have a “No guns” policy in an “UBER CAR” or is that only a restriction for the passengers, thereby putting passengers at risk by wack job drivers that pass background checks.
      Another case of Gun free zones being ripe for shootings

      ( I know no one was shot inside the car) was the car a trojan horse?

  12. avatar JohnO_inTX says:

    Michigan is not Illinois. I hope the politicians tell him where to put his gun control. There was a lot of 2A support when I lived in Michigan.

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      With Wayne and Genesee counties it’s easy to see his confusion.

  13. avatar Mk10108 says:

    Pass off to the states what he cannot get done in congress. If locals do his biding the lawsuits drain city coffers. When you can’t go long, punting is your only option.

  14. avatar Bob313 says:

    259 days until this tyrant will be gone! Not that I am counting or anything.

  15. avatar Marc says:

    Somebody remind Hussein that dozens of people are shot every weekend in his hometown of Chicago. Where’s the outrage? Where’s Sharpton? Where’s Jesse? Where’s black lives matter?

    The hypocrisy.

    1. avatar Annnon says:

      Chicago, is an uncontrollable lost cause. It has been removed from the map of civilization.Thus no longer is included in any kind of statistics.
      Barry will pick a more controlled environment to live upon (retiring?)

  16. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    Doesn’t Michigan already have some pretty restrictive gun laws? I know Cali does.

    Soooo… none of those laws prevented anything?

    Maybe we should just try to advocate against murder, anyone try that yet? It works for elementary school. Well, sort of.

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      Actually, our gun laws are fairly good. Permit less open carry, shall issue concealed carry, CPL holder open carry in places that really piss off the muggles…..

      We tried a while ago to get rid of the handgun registry, but apparently that would require the MSP to work harder….

  17. avatar Jim Bullock says:

    Well…

    Good on President Obama to pledge to have the federal government do their job – support the local governments in investigating this mess.

    – Calling upon the locals to do something else at the same time, seems a tad counterproductive. In terms of unwinding the mess. In terms of exploiting the dead folk to advance a political agenda, it might be just the thing.

    – President Obama’s solution to everything is more “laws”, actually more unilateral, centralized control. Just like he was going to provide everyone in the US with medical care (his appointment schedule must be insane — Oh wait. He meant he was going to try to coerce other people with the actual skills to help to provide medical care, for which he was going to take credit. Carry on.)

    He has yet to demonstrate how “more gun laws” will help with stuff like this. I’d appreciate if if he would draw the connection, step by step, for slow folks like me. When Paris gets shot up a couple times, as well as parts of the US, I have difficulty with how all those laws are helping. Maybe they didn’t work in Paris because the shooters don’t speak French?

    “Clearly we’re going to need to do more if we’re going to keep innocent Americans safe. I’ve got to assume that all of you are just as tired as I am of seeing this stuff happen in your states.”

    Indeed. And I wish he’d do something useful about it as opposed to the nonsense he proposes. Or at least shut up and get out of the way.

    “partner and think about what we can do in a common-sense way, in a bipartisan way, without some of the ideological rhetoric that so often surrounds that issue.”

    You first. Raise the issue, or any one issue, without slamming someone within the first five minutes. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    “Mr. Obama . . . told the governors that gun violence is just as much of a national-security concern as terrorist attacks like the one in California in December.”

    Well, at least he’s calling the terrorist attack in California a terrorist attack. That’s progress. BTW, was there perhaps any indication beforehand those folks were inclined to do such a thing? On social media, perhaps?

    “The attack in San Bernardino killed 14 of our fellow Americans, and here’s a hard truth: we probably lost even more Americans than that to guns this weekend alone,” Mr. Obama said.

    Indeed. What’s he gonna do about the hotbeds of violence & crime where people get killed all the time? Also, use of language. “With guns.” It’s “with guns.” Guns just sit there. People do the killing.

    Once again, the President is waving the bloody shirt for gun control before any salient facts about a shooting emerge. Not that salient facts have anything to do with his call for gun control. Or anyone else’s either.

    Time for a “national conversation.” Here goes: “”Shut up,” they explained.”

  18. avatar Kyle says:

    Wow, Obama is opposed to citizens having guns……

    ….who knew.

  19. avatar FormerWaterWalker says:

    Maybe Bury Soetoro will weep to get his way. I’m not holding my breath for Ted Cruz. He’s my guy but I’m old and been down this path before. I don’t trust the orange guy but we may be stuck with him. Anything is better than the old hag…

  20. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    When in doubt, run around, scream and shout.

  21. avatar Stuki Moi says:

    Yo, Barry; if guns are so bad: You are commander in chief of a whole lot of guys who you can easily order disarmed, you know…. Why not start with them, and see how wonderful disarming people work out, and how much “safer” it makes them? Leaving the rest of us as a control, until your little experiment either proves or disproves your thesis.

  22. avatar Roger Cain says:

    If President Banana-Ears wants to keep America safe, how about prosecuting Eric Holder for his gun-running scheme and Hillary Clinton for her illegal email server?

    Otherwise, STFU.

  23. avatar Annnon says:

    Watch out Michigan, I bet Gabby is on her way. SHE WAS OUT WEST on Friday With a “Band of thieves” Spewing their, we just want Cawman cents regulations.

    Anyone notice how Gabby seems to be trying to look more like Sara Palin for some reason ( though plumper) ?

  24. avatar peirsonb says:

    6 people died and he called 3 local officials. Given that they probably weren’t immediately available it’s probably safe to assume at least 20 minutes per phone call. So 6 people killed and 60 minutes on the phone.

    Just IMAGINE how much time he spends on the phone with Rahm…….

  25. avatar Jimmyjames says:

    He’s had 7 years to “think about what we can do in a common sense way…” How’s that workin’ out for him?

  26. avatar Fuque says:

    Obamas buddy Rham cant go lecture Kalamazoo on the virtues of gun control.

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