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Obama Political Operation Revving Up for Gun Debate

by Keith Koffler on December 18, 2012, 8:59 am

Having decided to immediately politicize the response to the Newtown massacres by invoking the need for gun control, President Obama is revving up his political operation to prepare for the effort to pass some kind of limits on gun rights.

In an email to Obama’s vast campaign email list Monday night, Obama political guru David Axelrod took the first step toward invoking mass action by Obama supporters on behalf of gun control measures:

Last night, President Obama addressed the families of Newtown, offering the love and prayers of a nation, and vowing to use whatever power his office holds to protect our children from such unthinkable acts of violence.

As we reflect on the lives lost last week, we must also, as the President urged, consider how each of us can play a part in making our country worthy of the memory of those little children.

The politicization of the tragedy reflects Obama decision to prioritize a policy response to the tragedy over a traditional presidential role of seeking to heal a grieving nation first.

The specific initiatives the White House will take are still uncertain. But it is clear the White House is preparing its political operation – the Obama campaign yet to stand down – to get behind whatever he decides. Directives from the Obama campaign that are more specific about about steps supporters can take – like contacting lawmakers and canvassing neighbors – will soon be on the way.

{ 47 comments }

Darkangel December 18, 2012 at 9:02 am

Why is his campaign operation still operating if he’s ineligible to run again?

Does that scare anyone else the same way that it scares me?

regina December 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

yes.

AZ Granny December 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

Yes, and weren’t they just asking for donations within the past few weeks?

It’s really frightening to think what Obama might do with gun control given what he’s done with our healthcare and economy.

Star December 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

One big diff–gun owners have guns. They can’t go out and become doctors in most cases.

Scottso December 18, 2012 at 11:40 am

He is great at campaigning. That’s why.
He hates governing and administrating.

So he always keeps the campaigning going.

RickW December 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

“mass action by supporters…….political operation……contacting lawmakers and canvassing neighbors”…………..Boy this sounds familiar. Where did I read of this before? …….. BINGO! Germany in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Susan December 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” ~ Barack Hussein Obama

He’s gathering his troops and turning neighbor against neighbor…

RickW December 18, 2012 at 10:29 am

Will they wear brown shirts or more modern jumpsuits? Really the only consideration left……..

Girly1 December 18, 2012 at 10:35 am

He must be referring to the new Black Panthers, along with the heavily weaponized hoodlum citizenry in Chicago.

SnarkEsq. December 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

He’s gathering his troops and turning neighbor against neighbor…

It’s what he does, allhe does really. He’s nothing but a pathetic community agitator. Obummer and all his cronies are despicable lowlifes.

cincycinco December 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

“…consider how each of us can play a part in making our country worthy of the memory of those little children.” – Axlerod

Well, David, I don’t think erecting a tombstone for Constitutional government and rule of law is really a fitting memorial to those children, however pleasing it may be to you personally. Building up Obama’s statutory authority on their bones is similarly inapproprate and disgusting, but that’s just what you’re doing, isn’t it?

And what part would you consider we should play to “make our country worthy: of the memory of the 3,288 aborted babies that died on the same day, and indeed every day before and since?

http://www.all.org/nav/index/heading/OQ/cat/MzQ/id/NjA3OQ/

Maybe you have a suggestion to “make our country worthy” of the heroes who died for the honor of our Country in an attempt to save our Ambassador that was doomed due to YOUR cold political calculus? How can we help you with that?

Can our country be “made worthy” of the memories of border patrol agents murdered with weapons provided by our own attorney general, at the President’s request? We had a chance to make our country worthy of that, but were “outvoted” by those who could not rise above their race, and those who thought only of their desire for the Government to award them the property of others.

Do not lecture us on worthiness, David. Neither you nor your boss has any moral standing whatsoever. Roll yourself in children’s blood all you want, but don’t expect the rest of us to think their innocence covers your sins and excuses your behevior. I would expect you to try to consume their very souls if you thought it would advance your guy’s cause one iota. Thank God that their souls are among the few things that you cannot claim power over. I bet that really upsets your boss that God still trumps him on something, doesn’t it?

No, David. Your robes of sanctimoniousness have been threadbare from the start. You do not earn respect by stealing it from others.

You disgust me. May God reward you in full measure to your OWN worth.

Jeff1000 December 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

Hear! Hear!

Darkangel December 18, 2012 at 10:20 am

*standing ovation*

movedtothefarm December 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm

2 thumbs up

Julie Brueckheimer December 18, 2012 at 11:57 am

Well said!

CiscoKid December 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

A hand salute for you!

Quintus Arrius December 18, 2012 at 12:29 pm

You sir, are firing on all cylinders!

Danceswithtruth December 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I guess you have drawn that line of demarcation in the sand. Bravo!

AZ Granny December 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Wow! Excellent post!

SnarkEsq. December 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Bravo, cincycinco! One of the best posts ever.

gracepmc December 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Excellent cc. And I add, Obama will not be happy until every law abiding, God fearing American citizen is dependent on the government and is disarmed. What he will do when the wealthy leave and no longer fill his coffers with gold, the fed’s printing machine fails, and the lawlessly armed Obama supporters turn on themselves and then him, no one knows. Perhaps Morsi can help him out with that when the time comes.

Not Nabob December 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm

cincycinco December 18, 2012 at 9:42 am
Your words speak volumes.
Move to the head of the class….

Island Girl December 19, 2012 at 2:30 am

Amen!

Girly1 December 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

On Sunday in Newtown, he vowed to “use whatever power this office holds” to prevent such massacres. “Because what choice do we have? We can’t accept events like this as routine,”

First of all, these mass shootings are NOT routine, Mr. Obama. In fact statistics show that they are declining. As far as choice – he’s right. We, the People, will have no choice in the matter. The ‘debate’ will be another dog and pony show. He has the power to issue executive orders or new rules without the consent of Congress. And he will! He has nothing to lose.

Lisa December 18, 2012 at 9:52 am

I really believe this is what will cause the next civil war.

Guillermo Grande December 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

You say that as if it hasn’t started? Suppose the hypothesis these guys have no economic strategy or they do. If they don’t then they are merely incompetent. If they do, what are the goals they want to achieve? That is tougher to answer. If it economic growth the data would suggest they are doing everything wrong; i. e., higher taxes, more debt, bigger gvmt, more regulations, less energy… the list grows. Simple enough question: do they have a plan and if so what is it? An observation is they choose benign divisiveness. What is wrong with healthcare for everyone? Protecting children from guns (and soon enough their own parents), feeding the poor even if they are poor by choice (including bad ones)? They have the narrative down. Control of the media and guns are essential steps. If you can not think and speak or protect yourself, you will surely be victimized by those who would do it for you. In many ways, they have already started.

WMP December 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

When I came to work on MOnday morning, I already had a forwarded e-mail from a friend from a friend of hers about signing a petition to do something about guns. The e-mail was sent to my friend on Friday evening at 7:58 p.m. (California time). It was full of questions that had partially been dismissed – i.e. – where did he get the guns – I think at that point they even knew they were his Mom’s. In any event – this is despicable – please let these families grieve and bury their loved ones. There will be plenty of time for calm dialogue where ever you are on the topic. Just before I left yesterday – I read an article from Ben Stein – I was a bit tentative opening it because sometimes I disagree vehemently with him (i.e. taxing the rich, etc.), but he was right on target. It was sensitive and spoke to the core of issues and questions about society over the years and where we have stood when it came to mass murders.

Lastly – all President Obama knows how to do is campaign – did we expect anything less after this incident?

KJ December 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

I love how gun control is the focus of everything when it should be mental illness (because besides guns, that’s the other common factor with all these shootings!) and how we deal (or don’t deal) with it.

Well if there is a civil war one side will have all the weapons lol.

Star December 18, 2012 at 10:45 am

It is almost funny to see libs like Maura Liasson try to talk about “clips,” which I am sure she would rather call bullet thingies. But yeah–we are off to the races.Why does anyone need an assault rifle–a guest on O’Reilly said to defend their business in a riot like the Rodney King riot, for one!

Star December 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

Also, just by the freakin’ way–the economy is still hammered crud!

AFVet December 18, 2012 at 10:53 am

Gun control is hitting what you aim at.
There should be an armed guard in every school, and don’t give me the trash that the school systems can’t afford it.
My property tax bill says they can.
Take some of the money from the highly paid administrators and protect the kids.
There are probably a lot of veterans out there that can’t find a job and are already qualified on firearms that would jump at the chance to protect the innocents.

Star December 18, 2012 at 10:57 am

I was thinking of the hardening the targets angle, too–narrower focus if you are really caring only about children.

Darkangel December 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

Exactly. These madmen (or madkids, in this case) may be evil, but they’re smart enough to attack soft targets.

The solution is not to soften all targets, it’s to harden the softest.

AFVet December 18, 2012 at 11:15 am

Correct.
Post on the school entrances: THIS FACILITY IS PROTECTED BY AN ARMED GUARD.

SnarkEsq. December 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I could not agree with you more. I’ve been saying this for days now. I’ve seen the school budgets and there is most definitely room to add an armed guard at every school. And yes, it is an excellent job for a veteran.

Melvin December 18, 2012 at 11:32 am

Not necessary.

School administrators or security people should have tasers…no need for guns in schools.

Darkangel December 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Um, no. If someone goes into a school trying to kill little children, then no WAY should they be allowed to become some latter-day prison celebrity. Their life should be forfeit, on the spot, and their corpse should be thrown overboard from an unannounced US warship without ceremony so no one can even find the body.

I’m sorry if that sounds extreme, but in my book, you do NOT mess with kids, period.

AFVet December 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I would like to be the first to see you prove your theory, right after the shooter shoots out the glass to gain entry.

Girly1 December 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

Hope the big ‘debate’ includes ValJar’s 24/7 armed SS guards – and why taxpayers are footing the bill. Also would like to know if Sidwell has armed security guards over and above the SS guys that surround his kids.

srdem65 December 18, 2012 at 11:40 am

I asked if the President was trying to instigate mass hysteria over gun control and it seems that’s exactly what he wants to do. Every person with a microphone or TV camera in front of them is parroting some version of gun control of the American people.

The current argument put forward is that something described as an assault weapon because it has a large bullet capacity should be outlawed and banned so that troubled young men can’t shoot at unarmed citizens. The reasoning that mass killings will be eliminated if these weapons are outlawed is flawed and a smoke screen for a push to disarm all Americans.

The current class of Dems have also made reference to limiting our right to free speech with similar illogical arguments. The massacre in Bengazi was originally blamed on an American’s video that offended people in a foreign country and our President made a pro forma defense of our right to free speech.
They’re coming after us, the non-Dems, the non-progressives. They want to shut us up and take our arms.

Star December 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

They absolutely count on many, if not most, people half-listening or being completely ignorant (Watters Worlders). This is their constituency–they maniuplate it, tout it, use it, cherish it, depend on it.

Robin H December 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

A friend of mine posted something on facebook about outlawing guns and my response was, what if they used gas and a match? Should we outlaw gas? She hasn’t responded.

AFVet December 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Give her time,…she’s thinking.

Star December 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Funny

Lizzy December 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm

They brought up the KC Chief that shot his girlfriend and himself.
If he was that violent in a rage he could have used a knife or his
bare hands they would have been just as dead sadly.

Just2old December 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm

If they come to canvass my neighborhood, they better come armed…if you know what I mean…

Star December 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I have a question. In all that nutty coverage, I heard that kid tried to buy a gun himself and stopped when he learned about the background check. He was 20–is there an age limit? Is that why he had his brother’s ID? If that’s true–the regs did stop him, but he found a way around it–Mom…that can always happen.