President Obama and Vice President Biden spoke on Wednesday — with children as backdrop props — to make the case for strict gun control measures. Both men framed power grabs, multiple times, as a “moral obligation” while demonizing opponents as extremists who want to “gin up fear and ratings and revenue.” Saul Alinsky would be proud.
Once again Mr. Obama turned to the erroneous logic that if anything can be done to prevent a single death, his administration has “a moral obligation” to try it. He spoke of “23 executive actions” to accomplish this goal and claimed that the “overwhelming majority of Americans” agree with him, but not one of his proposals would have done anything to prevent the Newtown, Conn., massacre that led to this manufactured crisis. If he were philosophically honest he would start with one call: to amend the Constitution of the United States.
The president readily acknowledged Wednesday that “there is no piece of legislation that can prevent every act of evil,” but he does not concede the laughable logic of arbitrariy limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds. On Tuesday night, New York decided seven was the magic number. Why not five? Or four? Or perhaps the U.S. could move to establish the musket as America’s weapon of choice.
Like most of the president’s speeches, Wednesday’s announcement was high on soaring vagueness and short on specifics. A ban on military-style weapons? Check. So now weapons that look scary will be banned, while weapons that are just as deadly can still be sold (for now). Supporters of the president’s endless supply of flowery platitudes will cheer his speech for multiple news cycles. Free-thinking Americans who care about consequences instead of intentions will not be so impressed.
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