In a speech tonight made in the Oval Office, President Obama once again proved that he does not have the backbone to move on gun control without the backing of Congress and chose instead to chastise their lack of action rather than pursuing executive actions himself. From his speech, President Obama demanded that Congress ignore the 5th Amendment when it comes to gun owners, and stated that people who might possibly be terrorists (or associated with possible terrorists, or be Facebook friends with a possible terrorist, or be in the same McDonald’s line as a possible terrorist) should be treated as “guilty until proven innocent” rather than follow the principles upon which our country was founded.
Watch President Obama’s address to the nation on the threat of terrorism and keeping the American people safe. https://t.co/A16eYXCpOf
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 7, 2015
From the speech:
What could possibly be the argument to allow a terrorist suspect to buy a gun?
Obviously Obama, a “constitutional scholar,” doesn’t understand the importance of the 5th Amendment. He doesn’t understand how gun owners could be frightened that the Government wants to use a secret list that is trivial to be added to but impossible to get removed to restrict a basic and fundamental Constitutional civil right. We have discussed this in detail before, and Their comment is being rightly torn to shreds on Twitter right now for those interested in watching an idea crash and burn.
He then went on to demand that an “assault weapons ban” be enacted once more.
Our law enforcement agencies … cannot identify every mass shooter. What we can do and must do is make it harder for them to kill.
The idea of an assault weapons ban has been found unpalatable by Congress in the past, and even the Obama administration’s Department of Justice have stated in internal memos that if a new one were to be enacted its impact would be so small as to be undetectable.