Wednesday, January 16, 2013

President Obama lays down the gun law

[Charles Dharapak photo]

Quite a day at the White House. Our President schooled Congress on how governance is done. Barack Obama showed some breathtaking leadership in a presser on gun policy reform where he made very clear he is tired of trying to reason with high stakes grifters who callously misinform gullible people for their own profit.

Obama even pointedly quoted Ronald Reagan before he laid out his executive actions to reduce gun violence. Think Progress translates the legalese into the real world effects of Obama's executive actions. And provides the best quote:
The President referenced one child’s letter that read, “I know that laws have to be passed by Congress, but I beg you to try very hard.”

“I promise that I will try very hard,” he said.
Don't see how he could be trying any harder than this. Screw the nitpicking about what he didn't do. This is the boldest move towards sensible gun policy I've witnessed in my rather long lifetime. A black President, governing in an impossibly hostile environment, just stood up all alone at a podium and made himself a target for millions of misinformed, angry white guys who are frantically amassing personal arsenals of viciously lethal firearms. If that's not leading from the bully pulpit, then what the hell is?

To quote our darlin' Joe Biden, "This is big fucking deal."

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