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The Real Problem with Obama’s Gun Control Remarks

by Keith Koffler on January 17, 2013, 10:15 am

Instead of overreacting to President Obama’s gun control initiative – the executive actions were modest and the legislative proposals are going nowhere – conservatives should be far more concerned by what his remarks on the topic revealed: that their president has serious contempt for them and their views.

The foundation of a democracy is the assumption that while you disagree with your opponents, they too have the interests of the America – and yes, its children – at heart. And yet for all Obama’s supposed intellect, what we hear from him time and again is the usual prosaic, unthinking liberal contempt for conservatives, who are viewed as evil, dumb, or both.

Take a look at the seething contempt that was unloaded as Obama announced his gun control program:

There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical, all-out assault on liberty — not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves.  And behind the scenes, they’ll do everything they can to block any common-sense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever . . .

Ask your member of Congress if they support universal background checks to keep guns out of the wrong hands. Ask them if they support renewing a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.  And if they say no, ask them why not.  Ask them what’s more important — doing whatever it takes to get a A grade from the gun lobby that funds their campaigns, or giving parents some peace of mind when they drop their child off for first grade?  (Applause.)

Conservatives are willing to butcher children in order to make money and please the National Rifle Association, is that it?

What’s more, by standing up for the Second Amendment, they are denying others basic Constitutional rights:

That most fundamental set of rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness — fundamental rights that were denied to college students at Virginia Tech, and high school students at Columbine, and elementary school students in Newtown, and kids on street corners in Chicago on too frequent a basis to tolerate, and all the families who’ve never imagined that they’d lose a loved one to a bullet — those rights are at stake.

Is it any wonder that this president can’t get anything done with Congress? How can you negotiate in good faith when you truly believe your opponents are slathered in iniquity and pre-sold to the highest bidder?

What’s next from a leader who holds so many of our citizens and their elected representatives in such disdain? Once you believe you are opposed by an evil cabal, what restrictions are there on the methods used to achieve “common-sense” goals?

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Moe January 17, 2013 at 10:21 am

“Why does Obama constantly push people he he disagrees with?” Rush was asking yesterday. I’d like to know the answer to that question too, everyday he demonizes people, seems this is the only thing he does.

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PamelaOfThePoconos January 17, 2013 at 10:43 am

Why does Obama constantly push people he disagrees with?”
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To demonize, and with media working for him, it is a winning ploy.

It is his culture, particularly in his exposure to Jeremiah Wright AKA the Black Liberation version of Christianity.

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Julie Brueckheimer January 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

“They want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves.” Obama is speaking of himself. He is a master of psychological projection. Tell me if he did not speak this way during the campaign about Romney, casting on Romney his very own methodology.

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AFVet January 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

Still waiting for HIS background check.

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Langley Spook January 17, 2013 at 11:53 am

amen.

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juandos January 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

The only vetting of Obama I’ve seen was the excellent series by Mark Tapscott and the reporters of the Washington Examiner titled: <a href="http://tiny.cc/v4f2qw&quot;The Obama you don’t know

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Gayle Putt January 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Exactly….

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Jeff1000 January 17, 2013 at 10:26 am

How could this “president” display more disdain for children (other than his own) by doing everything in his power to deter law-abiding citizens from protecting their own children?

I’ve learned one thing over these past four years: a glib speaking style does not equate with common sense or intelligence.

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Star January 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Hey–those kids need to learn young that their govt will play them and use them cynically. It’s a shame, but I am sure most of the dopey staginess went over their heads. The parents…well….they were terribly honored, I am sure.

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Jeff1000 January 17, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Sure, and the parents are disgusting for allowing their children to be used that way, but I’m sure the Kool-Aid has a special additive that nips rational thought in the bud before it can blossom.

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Scottso January 17, 2013 at 10:28 am

hope you are feeling better Keith

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RickW January 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

At least Obama is consistent. He has “done” nothing significant legislatively he can be held to personally but he fosters class-type warfare/discontent every chance he gets. Very similar to the Fifth Column first seen in the Spanish Civil War. His place in history will be categorized by a “Who? Me?”

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Lizzy January 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

Watching Obama since he got his imaginary ‘mandate’ he’s acting so petulant
rude and dismissive. Wonder how long before he snaps and cries and stomps his feet because everyone’s not doing as he says as he thinks he’s a dictator
and only looking out for we peasants. He’s about to snap..soon.

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Langley Spook January 17, 2013 at 11:56 am

I hope so!!! Just what the Dear Leader needs, a public meltdown-out burst showing his arrogance.
How will his sycophants in the “media” explain away/cover that up?

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danceswithtruth January 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I’m looking for the kind of display remniscent of Commudus in Gladiator. “They like Maximus more than me.” as he whines like a baby.

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Just2old January 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

An Alinskyite through and through.

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JBH January 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

The same line of crap he spewed about doctors cutting off feet and performing surgery just for the sake of profit. He just makes things up as he goes along and it’s obvious when you watch him speak. I am so tired of them using the common sense excuse. I now know what they doing every morning before his first published meeting. They have a group meeting and pass out the daily index cards with the words of the day to all his lackeys.

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Playrighter January 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

Obama thinks he can win this battle the same way he won the election: through character assassination, regardless of the facts.

On facts: Obama needs to be publicly called out on the “40%” fantasy. That figure on non-background check gun sales is from a 2,500 person phone survey in 1994 — four years BEFORE the first background check was ever run (11/30/98 per the FBI). That statistic is as relevant as a count of flat tires from four years before the first car hit the road. Either Obama knows better or he’s got some real inadequacies when it comes to research. Or is he just voting for this statistic before he sees what’s in it? And why does the media mindlessly repeat this 40% fantasy without checking its validity?

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regina January 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

he doesn’t care about our country. there isn’t a budget put in place for the last 4 years and he now wants another open check!?!?! he likes to bully everyone around him if they don’t agree with him. he has been on the job for 4 years and still blames bush. the sad thing is he is getting his way most of the time which will change our country forever and not for the better. God help america.

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William January 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

As I said previously, my real concern is that they’re now approaching this not as a crime issue, but as a health issue. It’s amazing what people will agree to if you can convince them that it’s for their own health and safety.

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Star January 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

As others pointed out, he always does this–runs to the Staraw Man Store, gets out theoretical reactions and tries to head off reaction by stating it first–he thinks. He never even waits for a reaction to come. If he did that, it would be a “conversation” — you know, where someone speaks, then someone else reacts and speaks, then the first person speaks… I am wondering why I even bother to state the obvious…sure, Mr Pres, we all want scared kids, funerals, higher TV ratings, madmen blasting in the streets, etc. You are so brilliant!

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Susan January 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

Well said, Keith. Those of us who have lived through times of tyranny know a demagogue when we see one. If he is successful in eliminating his opposition (politically) and disarming the American people, it won’t be long before his and Bill Ayer’s dreams of Ameritopia become a reality for the left, and hell on earth for the rest of us…

http://youtu.be/HWMIwziGrAQ

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DeniseVB January 17, 2013 at 11:11 am

He’s an agitator, which feeds his loyal following with more reasons to hate those who disagree with him. He’s really not the President of all of us :(

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Glen Niederhauser January 17, 2013 at 11:20 am

Obama’s views are ones of scarcity vice abundance, pessimism vice optimism, restriction vice freedom, despair vice hope. He is like a dark and depressing winter day. What a joy kill!

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RickW January 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Interesting analysis of his “event” (H/T Ed Morrissey and Hot Air) http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/17/obamas-executive-actions-tyranny-or-impotence/

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Bonnie Cox January 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm

He attended the madras in Jakarta, Indonesia until age six. Children’s morals and religion are indoctrinated by age 5-6. He is Muslim. He bows to the East and prays five times a day. Western people are considered infidels to be destroyed.
His ancestral roots go back to slavery. He hates Americans. What’s not to understand? He is out to destroy us. He was voted in both times because of race and free stuff. Wonder how that is working out for the masses that wrongly cast their vote.
He should be impeached.

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srdem65 January 17, 2013 at 12:14 pm

We could just say that MrObama is a mean, petty man who is in a prominent position to exact revenge on all those who never accepted a Muslim, bi-racial boy as “one of us”. Or, as the winner of a national election over someone who embodied all he hates, he feels justified that a simple majority of the voters hate the same and would approve of anything he says and does that villifies those not like them.
Eat the rich, destroy the old White guys, cripple the greedy corporates, villify the people who don’t agree, and have a programmed, concerted, directed campaign promoted by all those with a public voice to top off the directive.

The anger and disgust that the MSM and GovChristie piled on Congress for not passing a $50billion pork and earmark farce meant to help victims of “Sandy” was typical of what we will see for the next four years. Raise the taxes on everybody, eliminate the debt ceiling, cut the military, they need more taxpayer’s money, but to what end?

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Michael January 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm

“Ask them what’s more important — doing whatever it takes to get a A grade from the gun lobby that funds their campaigns,…”

What he really meant to say was:

“Ask them what’s more important — doing whatever it takes to get a A grade from the UNIONS that fund their campaigns,”

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Quintus Arrius January 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Dear Leader: I don’t mean to sound like a history wonk, but isn’t the phrase “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence and NOT the U.S. Constitution?
To wit: The right to life protects the individual’s ability to take all those actions necessary for the preservation and enjoyment of his life. It is based on the idea that life is the standard of moral value. The right to liberty protects the individual’s ability to think and to act on his own judgment. It is based on the idea that rationality is man’s highest moral virtue. The right to pursue happiness protects the individual’s ability to live for his own sake, rather than for the sake of society. It is based on the idea that the pursuit of one’s self-interest is one’s highest moral purpose.
To most Americans: armed protection is in one’s self-interest and therefore one’s highest moral purpose.

(written with Alinsky rule#11The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.

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Danne January 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm

What he’s done with laying out his recent 23 EOs is carte blanche approval for the survellance state. Sure, not the outright feared confiscation schemes but, another chinque in the armor of 2A and it’s future……death by a thousand cuts. Stay vigilant out there while, and before, you’re redefined as abberant.

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Well Duh January 17, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Obama is intentionally destabilizing the country. Whether for his purposes or being a puppet to the likes of Buffet and Soros, he wants to create chaos to establish the dominance of the democrat party and the government. He is hoping to push someone hard enough to do something extreme. Then he will come riding in on his white horse and save the day with some draconian action. The idiot Honey Boo Boo watchers will cheer him and fully support reeducation camps for the nonbelievers. It’s dictator 101 folks and has been repeated over and over throughout history. This has been 70 years in the making with incremental liberalism and the end game is near. There’s only one of two outcomes: an Obama dictatorship or a nasty civil war.

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Jon Youngblood January 17, 2013 at 1:09 pm

If the “president” really believes his statement regarding fundamental rights to life and liberty he would start with abolishing abortion. 33+ MILLION babies have been slaughtered in this country all with a Thumbs up from the government. Fellow Americans, our country is being judged.

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Not Nabob January 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm

When people that live in a mountainous area are attacked and mauled by a rogue bear or mountain lion when their B-B guns failed to stop the attack, then maybe that gun control executive order wasn’t such a good idea.

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Girly1 January 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Instead of delivering his State of the Union address on Lincoln’s birthday, Feb. 12, Obama should move it up to Jan. 30, Saul Alinsky’s birthday. What better way to honor the politics of hatred, division, contempt, ,and ridicule?

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Not Nabob January 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Actually it’s now called the “Union of the State” as in what can we do to forward the Democratic agenda.

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Kimbly January 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Obama, why would I feel my children are any safer tomorrow just because you signed a piece of paper today? The way some people accept that anything he does magically results in “fixing” anything is just mind boggling.

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FLDemFem January 17, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Someone should tell the “Constitutional scholar” that the “fundamental set of rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ is not a Constitutional set of rights. That phrase is found in the Declaration of Independence.

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Quintus Arrius January 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm

True that.

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Corey January 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

What a worthless waste of oxygen that “man” is.

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GotFreedom January 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Glad to see you back Keith (and hopefully feeling better) and in great form!

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Blair January 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I wonder if Obama will put any props on the stage and tell them he has spent so much money that they wont be able to afford a mortgage unless they make over 120,000 between husband and wife. Sadu but he has set these kids up for failure and misery.

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Guillermo Grande January 17, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Lets see here… “That most fundamental set of rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness — fundamental rights that were denied to college students at Virginia Tech, and high school students at Columbin…” blah blah blah. While tragic what about the 3300 abortions everyday and the fundamental rights of those children? I could spit nails.

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Darkangel January 17, 2013 at 9:45 pm

To answer your exit questions in order: God only knows, and Nothing.

This is the part where I mention Acts 12:23, for whatever it may be worth.

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Dean January 18, 2013 at 12:28 am

Common sense, is as foreign to Obama as U.S. Citizenship!

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Bill Verrastro January 18, 2013 at 9:52 am

Let’s strip Obama of all his security protection, and send him out to visit all the people who love him so much. Maybe then he’ll see why we want to protect ourselves.

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