Surprised I was able to stomach CNN’s #GunsInAmerica town hall last night held here in Northern Virginia…Below is my takeaway from the event:
First, Obama began the town hall by acknowledging he has limited experience handling firearms and isn’t cognizant of their function or operation. He solely goes off of anecdotes that satisfy his anti-gun appetite. That and that alone automatically disqualifies him from lecturing us about gun safety. He also implied that only those living in the country, not those in urban centers, should only have access to firearms. (Callous, much?) He also suggested that there’s a high potential for law-abiding gun owners to be susceptible to criminal behavior. (Another inaccurate fact.) He has and is trying to usurp power and impose gun control measures under the guise of safety to satisfy his donors in the gun control lobby and similar outlets. His new executive order to expand background checks, which hinders not emboldens safety, would bring on 200 new government bureaucrats who would act as auditors. (Say what?) Instead of enforcing existing state and federal law that already prohibits criminals from accessing firearms, Obama and his surrogates want to penalize gun manufacturers and private dealers since he assumes and believes the shooting sports industry is rooted on profit and blood lust, which is patently false. Additionally, his arrogant tone implied that he thinks law-abiding gun owners and criminals can be lumped together; thus, to prevent a few deaths, he’s willing to embolden government at the expense of liberty. (That’s quite a scary notion.) He wants to seize on skyrocketing gun sales and have our government regulate all aspects of the industry–from transactions to operating costs to firearms access to law-abiding citizens, etc. (Very bad precedent.) Additionally, this president has a track record of imposing anti-liberty, big government measures on the populace despite mass opposition. He did it with Obamacare, has done it for national security, has penalized those who practice religious liberty, and has openly chastised and defamed his opponents–those of us who disagree with his policies. He can’t be trusted on guns either, especially with his previous endorsement of Australian-style confiscation–which Hillary Clinton recently touted.
Secondly, I thought Anderson Cooper actually asked tough questions of the president and didn’t throw many soft ball questions at him. (Apparently, the event wasn’t scripted and Obama wasn’t given questions ahead of time–that’s how all events should be conducted!) Cooper even got frustrated by Obama’s partisan and baseless attacks. The forum definitely exceeded expectations. Kudos to him for not allowing Obama to entirely deceive Americans on crime statistics, reasons why people purchase firearms, and concern for attacks on gun rights as enumerated in the Second Amendment.
Thirdly, questioners like Chris Kyle’s widow Taya Kyle, rape survivor Kimberly Corban, and AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu debunked gun control misinformation that the president and his administration have spewed. These questions rendered the president confused and intimidated. He patronized Mrs. Kyle, Mrs. Corban, and Sheriff Babeu, among many, for challenging his views. He was clearly scripted and nervous and upset to be challenged. Apart from his friends and notable gun control activists Mark Kelly, husband to Gabby Giffords, and Father Flager of Chicago, it was good to see both sides of the debate have a say–especially our pro-gun side. Sad a question about past failures with gun confiscation/gun control from abroad wasn’t asked…
Few recap points:
- Overall, crime is down in America thanks to good guys with guns apprehending or assisting law enforcement with such. Big cities plagued by gun control policies, however, witness immense amounts of crime today. Nearby Washington, D.C. is one of the worst off…
- 99.9% of Americans are for background checks already in place. Any talk of eliminating them is held by a few. Expanding existing background checks won’t stop crime–period. Enforce current law in place.
- Criminal control, not gun control, should be a priority. Penalizing law-abiding gun owners for crimes of those who commit illegal gun crimes is deleterious and backwards.
Any gun control measure, which is being presented as “gun safety,” comes at the expense of personal safety. Don’t be duped.
Overall, this town hall illuminated how power-hungry, angry, and determined this president and his administration are to suppress gun rights. (We’ve all known this for a while.) For too long, the media hadn’t challenged him or questioned his views. When asked tough questions, he deflects, uses straw man arguments, and projects negatively onto us what he accuses us of. Politicians need to be held accountable on all issues. If they aren’t, government will continue to expand as liberty contracts and shrinks.