11:56: Biden gives a callout to Colin Goddard.
11:57: Now it’s Obama’s time at the podium.
11:58: Obama points to the children who wrote him letters.
11:59: Obama says we need to do everything we can to take care of and protect our kids. We all agree on that. We have vast disagreement on how that should be accomplished.
12:00: Obama is channeling Clinton’s whole gun performance schtick with the fist bumping move.
12:02: “If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we have an obligation to try.”
12:04: The executive orders are apparently on the table and will be signed at the end of this.
12:04: Obama is going to direct the CDC to get back into the business of funding gun control advocacy.
12:04: Obama’s points for Congressional Action:
- Outlaw private sales.
- Ban on military assault weapons and a ten round limit for magazines. Obama says these guns are only meant to kill a lot of people very quickly. I guess his secret service detail are a bunch of murderers then.
- We should get tougher on gun traffickers. Congress needs to confirm an ATF director. He names Todd Jones as the nominee.
- Here comes the payoff to law enforcement: he wants to put more cops back on the street. This is the same formula that got us the first ban.
12:08: These are common sense reforms, Obama says.
12:09: He says this will be difficult, and we will all hew and haw. Mr. President, you have no idea.
12:10: “I will put everything I got into this, and so will Joe, but the only way we can change is if the American people demand it. And by the way, that doesn’t mean just form certain parts of the country.” He notes that it has to be broad support from all walks of America, and not just “the usual suspects.”
12:11: “We’ve suffered too much pain, and care too much about our children!” to not let this happen.
12:12: We have to do this. For the children.
12:13: “With rights come responsibilities. Along with our freedom to live our lives as we will, comes the obligation to allow others to do the same.” Hey, last I checked my gun ownership wasn’t interfering with anyone else’s right to live their lives as they well. Obama continues to blame people like me for the actions of deranged and criminal individuals.
12:14: He’s telling the stories of the victims. Cameras are going because the parents are there. It is sad, but I don’t like using people’s grief for political props.
12:15: “Let’s do the right thing. Let’s do the right thing for them, and the country we love so much. Thank you! I’m going to sign these orders.”
I guess he has to sign them in order to see what’s in them.