President Barack Obama is mounting a final-year push to make gun control part of his legacy in spite of Republican opposition and is expected to announce unilateral action soon. He will join CNN’s Anderson Cooper Thursday for an exclusive one-hour live town hall on gun control in hopes of mounting a final pitch to the public.
It’s an issue he has had zero success on so far in his presidency, despite his repeated, emotional appeals for change. Congress has remained a roadblock even in the face of widespread public support for Obama’s past calls for universal background checks or bolstered mental health support, with near uniform opposition from Republicans and a split on the issue among Democrats.
If there was any doubt that this is a planned, coordinated effort between the White House and its toadies in the media, consider this:
Obama will sit down with Cooper at 8 p.m. ET for the event, titled “Guns in America.” The event’s timing coincides with the fifth anniversary, next Friday, of the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, in a rampage that left six dead and 13 others wounded.
These things don’t just happen, and this “town hall” has obviously been in the works for some time now.
Obama has repeatedly expressed his frustration with Congress’ inability to pass new gun laws, and has frequently spoken out about increased gun control in the wake of mass shootings.
Well, gee, that’s too damn bad, but such is what used to be our constitutional system, before the Emperor Hussein II came along.
Obama foreshadowed his actions in his weekly address. “Change, as always, is going to take all of us,” Obama said in his address. “The gun lobby is loud and well organized in its defense of effortlessly available guns for anyone. The rest of us are going to have to be just as passionate and well organized in our defense of our kids. That’s the work of citizenship — to stand up and fight for the change that we seek.”
“In defense of our kids.” The president of half of the United States views the other half as the enemy. It’s that simple.
If the gutless GOP is ever going to draw a line in the sand against its own emasculation, this might be a good place to start.