Never forget Sandy Hook
❝The modest gun control policy changes announced in a passionate speech by President Obama on Tuesday are not of great substantive importance. But they reveal important truths about the state of American politics. The disproportionate Republican opposition to the president’s minor executive actions on gun control isn’t just about the party’s opposition to any and all efforts to stem the tide of gun violence. Their reflexive opposition also reflects their refusal to cede any legitimate authority to the president.
After all, the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination didn’t even know what executive actions – if any – Barack Obama would take on gun control after his Monday meeting with the attorney general, Loretta Lynch. That didn’t stop them, because they knew that they would oppose whatever actions Obama planned to take.
…They do reflect two major trends in Republican thought: reflexive opposition to taking any measures to stop America’s epidemic of gun violence; and claims that standard presidential actions represent some kind of threat to American constitutional order…
❝Obama proposed an executive order interpreting the scope of federal background checks more broadly, applying background checks to those who purchase firearms through a trust or corporation and requesting the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security conduct research into gun safety…
He proposed nothing that isn’t already supported by an overwhelming majority of the American population. It’s almost a shame to describe his actions as “leadership” when the public at large is years ahead of the White House. And we are light-years ahead of the Republican Party, the NRA, the broad range of cowards and cash register opportunists in Congress.
Poisonally, I hope this becomes one of those single-issues that takes on a life of its own in the November elections. Cynical as I often am, I believe this is a cut-and-dried issue for the American public and will guarantee defeat for any politician trembling in a puddle of his own piss — afraid of the NRA.
RTFA for a description of the wimpery mustered by the reactionary gene pool.