Renewing his emphasis on the “need for more gun restrictions,” President Obama will “participate” in a live televised “town-hall-style meeting” on Thursday to discuss gun violence in the United States, according to the White House.
The hour-long event, at George Mason University outside Washington, will be televised on CNN at 8 p.m. Today, Mon. Jan. 4th, Obama met with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch to discuss what executive actions he can take to curb gun violence.
After the shootings that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2, Obama’s initial response focused on the need for gun restrictions. The administration soon realized that there was going to be opposition.
So, through much of December, Obama took part in a series of public events in an “effort to convince the nation” that his administration was doing everything it could to battle the so called, US backed Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Is anyone one as tired of this Muslim hating rhetoric as I am? After all, who wouldn’t be pissed off by the US after using and abusing their sovereign soil for a resource war, who kill their families, pillage their treasure, destroying their historic relics, monuments, dignity and culture.
“It would be better for our security if it was harder for “terrorists” to purchase very powerful weapons,” Benjamin J. Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, said in a briefing for reporters in Hawaii on Saturday. “At a certain point, violence begets more violence.” Just as corrupt government begets more corruption.”
Gun sales surged after the San Bernardino attack, as some Americans sought protection against the threat of Islamic extremists. Mr. Rhodes said such purchases were not an effective way to defend against a complicated terrorism threat.
“Even if you think about the “plots” that we have stopped (?) from going forward,” Mr. Rhodes said, “it’s not like in a movie where we shot someone just as they were about to detonate a suicide vest.” (Ya, “as if.” What exactly does the NSA, CIA, DHS, and the FBI do?)
Instead, counterterrorism efforts largely rely on intelligence and law enforcement activities, he said. He called efforts to arm citizens a slippery slope.
“That’s why they have a government,” Mr. Rhodes said. “They have a government to provide security against the threat of terrorism.”
The White House has focused on an executive action that would detail who should be considered a high-volume gun dealer, a move that could expand background checks to a huge number of sales at gun shows and online. Seems fair-enough, right? WRONG!
First of all, many states already have these laws in place in. So, nothing new there, but what is new is how the U.N. brought the Arms Trade Treaty into Force, the same UN Arms Trade Treaty which is now International Law, and the new California law which lets cops confiscate guns without notice.
“His first impulse is always to take rights away from law-abiding citizens, and it’s wrong,” Jeb Bush said of Mr. Obama on Fox News. “And to use executive powers he doesn’t have is a pattern that is quite dangerous.”
Here’s the thing Jeb, he does have “executive powers.” However, Jeb gets it right here:
Mr. Bush added that gun control measures should be considered at the state level, rather than the federal level.
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said he supported the president’s executive efforts, even as he called for gun safety legislation.