What better way for the President to follow up the weeping and the whoppers of Tuesday’s same-old-same-old anti-gun agitprop pep rally than ensconcing himself in the friendly confines of CNN in front of an invitation-only audience for a stage-managed “Guns in America” town hall format “conversation” on guns? As CNN quotes White House mouthpiece Josh Earnest, “The goal of the town hall meeting is for the President to engage with both people who support his position on gun safety, but also to have a conversation with those who don’t agree with some of the President’s positions on these issues.” Uh huh. In any case, glass of Aberlour at hand, we’ll be live blogging this little confab for your dining and dancing pleasure (refresh often for updates), so grab an adult beverage of your own…you’re probably going to need one . . .
Contrary to all you pathetically cynical, Reynold Wrap hat-wearing conspiracy theorists out there (like, ahem, me), CNN insists that this thing has long been in the works for a while. Anderson Cooper informs us that the network originally approached the Prez’s minions about doing one of these shortly after the San Bernardino terrorist attack. You know, the one that occurred in the state with the nation’s toughest gun laws? The state that — until recently when the gun-grabbing community decided to come out of the confiscatory closet — represents “common-sense” gun law nirvana? Yeah, that one.
And in case you thought that tonight’s little soiree wasn’t enough to take the attention off the administration’s manifold domestic and foreign policy failures (ObamaCare tanking, the Norks nuking, the Persians thumbing their nose and BHO’s “agreement,” ISIS being contained) the President just published a New York Times op-ed in which he acknowledges that “common-sense gun reform won’t happen during this Congress. It won’t happen during my presidency.”
He goes on to say,
Even as I continue to take every action possible as president, I will also take every action I can as a citizen. I will not campaign for, vote for or support any candidate, even in my own party, who does not support common-sense gun reform.
Hope he has enough Kleenex for all the tears from swing state Dem candidates when they get that crushing news.
But wait…this is a live blog. So again, keep refreshing for updates.
Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley intones that the President is the nation’s grief counselor for gun violence, and that the gun industry will be “seminal” for his legacy. He notes the Obama Presidential Library will be built in downtown Chicago. No word whether attendees will be issued bullet-resistant vests.
And here we go. You know this is a big night because Anderson Cooper has donned hipster glasses to look ultra-serious.
Anderson notes that the NRA has told CNN that despite being invited, they won’t be there and to FOAD.
The President admits he’s never owned a gun (go on!), but has done some “skeet shooting at Camp David. Did he just say he did some pig hunting in Hawaii?
BHO notes that “I’ve been very good for gun manufacturers.” If the industry had any sense of humor at all, they’d present him with an award at this year’s SHOT show. He must be single-handedly responsible for at least 1/3 of the guns sold in the last 7 years.
BHO: part of why guns is such a difficult issue…people occupy differing realities. There are law abiding gun owners and people in cities where it’s cheaper to get a gun than buy a book.
“I repect the 2A. I respect the RKBA.” Need more scotch.
2/3rds of the 30,000 lost annually to “gun violence” are suicides. No mention that suicides are totally independent of method. Has the President heard of Japan?
Cooper: only 1% of criminals buy at gun shows. BHO: folks will go to a gun show and purchase a whole bunch of guns, drive to Father Pfleger’s neighborhood and start selling. Evidence or it NEVER HAPPENED.
“We want to put everybody on notice that if you’re making a profit and repeatedly selling guns, you’re a dealer.” Cooper counters that that standard isn’t specific enough. Obama says it’s up to Congress to define that. Good luck with that in the mean time, now that he’s instructed the ATF to crack down on sellers of as few as ONE GUN.
“Historically, the NRA was in favor of background checks. … What changed isn’t that my proposals are particularly radical…we put out a proposal that’s respectful of the 2A, and it’s presented that we’re trying to take away everyone’s guns!”
BHO says he’s invited the NRA “repeatedly” to the White House. Imagine not wanting to go after being vilified on a regular basis by this administration and its minions. For years.
Time for false equivalencies: comparing guns to seat belts, air bags and aspirin caps. BHO wants to make guns as safe. Apparently.
The reason gun sales spike every time there’s a mass shooting…the NRA has convinced many of its members that someone is going to grab their guns. Maybe he’s missed what’s happened in Connecticut, Maryland, California, etc.
Taya Kyle agrees with Obama’s “message of hope.” Laws don’t protect people. None of the people killed would have been saved by a background check, she says. They don’t have the moral code “we have.” There are people lying on these forms already and we’re not prosecuting them. We’re at an all-time low for murder rate. That’s a big deal. She argues that gun sales go up not because she thinks someone will take her gun, but because she wants to be able to defend herself with any gun she wants.
BHO’s response: we don’t celebrate the low murder rates enough. Concedes most cities safer than 10-20 yrs. ago. Naturally says it’s not because there are more guns out there. His head might explode if he conceded THAT.
Responsible gun owners can have a gun to protect themselves, but we need to make it harder for 13-year-olds to get guns on the streets. No explanation – whatsoever – how he proposes to do that.
Next target – gun trusts. Sawed off shotguns? Automatic weapons? Silencer? Without background checks?!? Oh, the humanity!
Kimberly Corbin, rape survivor. Being able to buy a firearm is a basic responsibility for her family. Wants to know why her administration can’t see that. Answer: there’s nothing he’s proposed that will make buying a gun harder. Then questions whether having a gun in the home will protect her. She has to be “pretty well trained.” Which, naturally, it totally false. “We can debate that, round or flat.” Huh?
Wants to be sure that if her rapist is released, he can’t rape someone else. No comment as to why his administration is releasing more and more dangerous criminals, making that very problem worse.
Time for a mom from Chiraq who’s lost a daughter, asking how to stop interstate drug trafficking. BHO, thinks of Malia and Sasha (you know, the kids who have 24-hour armed security?) His answer: more ATFers for 24-hour background checks. Another non sequitur.
“If something’s harder to get and a little more expensive to get, then fewer people get ’em!” The administration’s gun strategy in a nutshell.
Obama claims the “in the business” standard the ATF will be applying will be made on a case-by-case basis. Nothing’s more discriminating and nuanced than an executive branch regulatory agency.
Sheriff stands up and notes that aspirin and cars aren’t in the Constitution. Asks the President what he would have done to stop mass shootings, where ZERO guns were purchased illegally. BHO: crime will always be with us. Just because we can’t solve all crimes, doesn’t mean we should try to solve any. Another non-answer. They didn’t know Adam Lanza would be a criminal, but he accessed an “arsenal.” Wants to make it “less lethal” when something like that happens. Translation: semi-auto bans and mag capacity limits.
Drinking game: guzzle every time he mentions Chicago. Drink!
BHO pines for the good old days when neighbors watched what was going on and said something when kids acted up. It takes a village, apparently. Or it did.
Commercial break. Are we having fun yet? Anyone feel like driving knitting needles into their ears? Drink!
What are the odds he’ll be asked about Fast & Furious? Sorry…kooky talk, I know.
And we’re back with a clip of the President bawling during is Tuesday gun control pep rally. You know…to show how passionate he is about all this.
“The goal here is just to make progress.” “It also makes you really humble.” Sorry, just spit scotch all over my MacBook Air. Did he refer to himself as humble?
Gun-grabbing mau-mau-er extraordinaire is in the HOUSE! It’s all the fault of the gun lobby and no one cared because their racist. His solution: we need to title guns like cars. How much fun would it be to take your M&P to the DMV to register it and get it titled?
BHO acknowledges that would be a prelude to confiscation and there’s not enough national consensus for that (which he no doubt regrets intensely) and implies that kind of talk is the province of tin foil hat types…the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Daily News and lots of others to the contrary.
The president can’t believe gun owners wouldn’t want the option of a smart gun. He somehow fails to mention that the deep blue state of New Jersey is the reason that’s not available. Instead – he blames the NRA for blocking smart guns. Says the .gov will work with manufacturers to remedy that…because no one picks economic winners better than big government.
Head of Firearms Retailers Assn. asks about 200 new ATF inspectors “on the auditing and record keeping side. Why not more agents to deal with dirty dealers and enforce the tens of thousands of guns already on the list?” BHO: “we’re not writing a new law.” No, he’s doing it by executive fiat. Instead of answering the question, he’s back to redefining what a gun dealer is, and whines about the politicization of the issue. Cooper points out that Obama said the issue should be politicized. Pot…kettle…black.
Babbling about forensics and “tracing shells.” Or something. Has he been drinking, too?
Time for Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords! Can they get through three sentences without another appeal for cash for Americans for Responsible Solutions? No mention of Chicago, but drink anyway!
Obama “It’s fair characterize Americans’ worry that government will grab guns is a conspiracy.” He’ll only be there another year he says! Is that a promise?
Wait, because he’s from Chicago and they hunt in southern Illinois, Obama’s down with hunters! I can see Russia from my house!
“The way we break the deadlock on this issue is when the NRA doesn’t have a stranglehold on this debate.” Gee, I wonder why the NRA declined CNN’s invitation?
Man from Chicago (DRINK!) whose brother was shot to death, asks BHO’s advice for those surrounded by poverty and gun violence. Obama waxes about his own youth, when he wasn’t at risk of getting shot. Says all kids should grow up that way, which won’t really help those on the south side of Chiraq (DRINK!). Time to expand the lesson to suicides…which really has nothing to do with the kid’s question. Not that it matters, the President has a larger point to make and helping an inner city kid really is secondary.
His point: we need inner city jobs and opportunity. Translation: we need more big government programs. Which will apparently mean happier, more dependent people who don’t want to kill themselves? Wait. My glass is empty.
Final words: “We can do better than we’re doing right now if we come together.” So stop worrying about government wanting to make guns more expensive, less effective and harder to get…and get on board. God bless America!