Jan 11 2013
Well, we all knew President Obama was bold and inexperienced. Much of his success is due to failures in his opponents to stand tall against his gutter politics (see his senate run, his primary run in 2008 his two presidential elections and the fiscal cliff battle). Now we see the classic PR stunt from this White House of rallying faux support against gun ownership:
President Barack Obama is trying an end run around the NRA — rallying groups as varied as churches, medical organizations, retailers and the Rotary Club to build support for new gun regulations.
It’s an unusual strategy but one the Obama administration has used before: projecting strength on an issue by trying to create the perception that the White House is riding a wave of momentum from the American people. It was the theme of Obama’s two presidential campaigns and was central to his campaign-style road show to tout his fiscal cliff priorities in December.
Participants in Vice President Joe Biden’s meetings have said the White House is seeking to mount an aggressive effort to back the gun control push, which is likely to formally commence next week after Biden delivers his recommendations to the president.
During one session with a dozen religious leaders on Wednesday, Biden made a specific request to those gathered to preach to their congregations about the importance of enacting stronger gun control laws
Weak and indecisive political opponents are one thing, America’s gun enthusiasts and owners is quite another. Gun owners tend to be confident, independent and careful individuals. The hot head with a gun is media PR puppet, one they use to get gun enthusiasts to appear to be for murder and killing. The trick usually works, as in the Trayvon Martin case where the shooter was completely irresponsible and looking for a fight. The 2nd Amendment was never there to cover Rambo Wannabes. These are not that vast majority of gun owners who the White House has engaged in political battle. Might as well go after mother’s and apple pie while they are at it.
The 2nd Amendment is there to protect the citizen soldier, the militia. Gun ownership in the media is limited to hunting, but of course gun owners include ex-military who enjoy the sport of shooting, and I would wager there are probably more guns for personal protection than hunting right now. So between ex-military and self protection, you have an ENORMOUS swath of America. So is Obama’s PR stunt going to work?
The National Rifle Association reports that its membership is rapidly swelling even as Democrats and the Obama administration gear up for a major push to enact new gun-control laws.
The NRA reports it has added more than 100,000 members in the past 18 days. Membership of the pro-Second Amendment organization now stands at 4.2 million.
“Our goal is to get to 5 million before this debate is over,” an NRA source told Politico.
Gun sales are skyrocketing, bullet sales have depleted the stockrooms and now are on back order, and the NRA will easily surpass the 5 million mark in the coming weeks.
I know. I too will be (for the first time) becoming a member of the NRA. I have shot guns for sport when a kid (was able to achieve “sharpshooter” status on the old NRA shooting range categories for a .22 rifle). Later in life I hunted with my family in WV (never got a damn thing), and enjoyed teaching my son (the now Marine Sharpshooter) the fun of shooting a gun. I can safely say many a paper target has bit the dust from my activities.
Not one single animal, not one single person hurt. I have been threatened by guns twice. And yet I still believe – overall – gun ownership and proper training are a priceless right. And no, we have not had guns in our house when the kids were growing up for obvious reasons. I am the kind of Main Street American this White House has targeted.
The point here is I am not some demon-mad kid from CT, so don’t go lumping me (or my son the US Marine) in with that bit of human poison.
No gun owner, or gun enthusiast or 2nd Amendment supporter is going to be guilted into feeling they were responsible for the massacre at that school.
Gun owners are no weak-kneed politicians worried about winning elections. While the inside the beltway types may see this as a stroke of genius, what I see is a megalomaniac (or two) throwing out all their political capitol from the recent election win.
Have it gents – its your lame duck term.