Gun Control in the SOTU

They got less than a minute in an hour-five-minute speech. This isn’t much of a bone compared to last year, when he at much greater length and passion, demanded that gun control get a vote (which he lost):

Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day. I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say “we are not afraid,” and I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.

That’s it. Not much meat there, Shannon Watts. Neither Brady nor CSGV certainly have much to chew on either. That’s all he thinks they’re worth, and he’s about as on your side as  they can realistically hope for. Granted, he can still do a lot of damage with executive orders, but this indicates to me he’s given up on Congress, and that’s a good thing for us.

UPDATE: John Richardson notes: “[Michelle Obama] had four invitees last year post-Newtown to push the issues. This year the sole invitee representing ‘gun violence’ is the school bookkeeper from Atlanta who talked a school shooter into giving up the gun.

9 thoughts on “Gun Control in the SOTU”

  1. It is up to us to make sure Congress can continue to oppose him by keeping the Republicans safe in the House.

  2. To me I feel like this can be one of three frame-of-minds:

    1) He realizes there’s not much else he can do on the federal level and is leaving it up to the gun grabbers to do the heavy lifting via the states. Leading from behind so to speak.

    2) Him and his administration are pushing for a low-key approach to not rock the boat leading up to the midterms in the hopes that they don’t lose too big and can then mount a new offensive afterwards. This is the angle usually touted by the NRA, et al. and I tend to agree with it, but without a fresh tragedy to do a blood-dance in it might be pretty hard come 2015.

    3) He genuinely doesn’t care about implementing gun control anymore.

  3. The “shooter” from the Atlanta school, if you read the reports on the incident, sounds more like a guy who just wanted to die.
    She talked him out of suicide-by-cop (which is, I think, no less brave under the circumstances).

    Every time somebody brings that up as an example of why “nobody needs a gun” I just pray for the fool who tries it against somebody who actually intends to hurt somebody.

    1. That fool was the first to die in the Omaha mall shooting a few years ago. Reportedly, when the kid pulled out the AK some guy said “Hey! What are you doing! Put that away or I’ll call the police!” and then promptly got shot.

  4. Much like sand people, they’ll soon be back, and in greater numbers.

    I predict O is going to fly under the radar even with EOs until after the Nov elections. After that — gloves come off again. I think O was told by his political advisers that talking about gun control in an election year is going to put DINOs like Sen Begich (AK) at risk.

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