Obama: NRA 'Grip' on Congress Is 'Extremely Strong'

President Obama appeared on a podcast with comedian Mark Maron this weekend to talk about race and guns following the horrific shooting massacre at a Charleston, SC, church.

Obama lamented that he was unable to jackhammer some gun control legislation through Congress following the Sandy Hook shooting, saying "the grip of the NRA on Congress is extremely strong."

But the NRA isn't just some third party with control over Congress. The NRA represents millions of people who want to protect their right to keep and bear arms.  The only reason the NRA has any influence is because the NRA has a very large membership of people who vote. Obama is just upset that Congress isn't disregarding the will of their constituents in favor of a progressive agenda much the way Obama has disregarded the Constitution and checks and balances to impose his progressive agenda on America.

"I will tell you, right after Sandy Hook, Newtown, when 20 6-year-olds are gunned down, and Congress literally does nothing — yes, that's the closest I came to feeling disgusted," he said. "I was pretty disgusted."

"The question is just is there a way of accommodating that legitimate set of traditions with some common-sense stuff that prevents a 21-year-old who is angry about something or confused about something, or is racist, or is deranged from going into a gun store and suddenly is packing, and can do enormous harm."

Obama is erroneously referring the alleged shooter, Dylann Storm Roof. The circumstances surrounding his gun possession remain unclear (not that this would stop Obama from exploiting the issue).

Initial reports indicated that Roof did not walk into a gun store and buy a gun but was given a gun by his father. Now the story has changed (probably because his father doesn't want to face a straw purchasing charge) and the family says he was merely given the money to buy a gun. In any case, the gun grabbers always leave off the part where the criminal has obtained his weapon illegally because it would undermine their entire effort to impose some more laws as a "solution" to gun violence.  It sure looks to me like this maniac did not buy his gun within the confines of the law.

Roof already had been charged with felony possession of drugs earlier this year, which would have made him ineligible to purchase a firearm.  In South Carolina the mere charge of felony precludes purchasing a firearm, according to Dana Loesch. We will eventually find out how Roof got his gun -- and if a store sold him the gun with a felony charge, the store will lose its license and be put out of business.

The solution to gun violence isn't putting more restrictions on firearm purchasers. Making laws that are designed to restrict a class of people who by definition are lawless is a useless effort.