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Obama demands gun curbs, laments gun rights in Navy Yard shooting speech
The Daily Caller ^ | 9/23/2013 | Neil Munro

Posted on 09/23/2013 12:51:20 AM PDT by markomalley

President Barack Obama is using the Sept. 16 Navy Yard shootings to rally his supporters for another uphill charge in November 2014 against Americans’ gun rights.

“These [12] families have endured a shattering tragedy,” Obama said in a very sharply written speech during a memorial service held near D.C.‘s Navy Yard for the victims’ families Sunday.

The recent rash of mass shootings “ought to be a shock to us all as a nation and as a people. …It ought to lead to some sort of transformation,” said the president, evoking his 2008 promise to begin “fundamentally transforming” the United States of America.

“If we really want to be a country where we can go to work, and go to school, and walk our streets free from senseless violence … then we’re going to have to change.  We’re going to have to change,” declared Obama, who describes himself as a progressive.

This focus on guns is a high-risk political strategy, especially for Democratic senators facing reelection in November 2014. Outside cities, curbs on guns are very unpopular, in part, because Americans use their guns to protect themselves without calling for help from distant police stations.

In April, several Democratic senators joined with Republicans to defeat a gun-control measure pushed by Obama.

After the measure failed, Obama angrily denounced his supporters, saying “to change Washington, you, the American people will have to sustain some passion about this, and when necessary, you have to send the right people to Washington.”

That anger came out again Saturday, when Obama used a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to rail against GOP supporters of gun-rights.

“As long as there are those who fight to make it as easy as possible for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun, then we’ve got to work as hard as possible for the sake of our children,” he said.

But Obama may be using that anger to spur 2014 turnout among swing-voting suburbanites and African Americans, whose support for Obama has sagged amid the lousy economy.

A high turnout could give Obama a majority in the House, and allow him to pass transformational laws on immigration, gun-control, taxation and voting rules, and to bolster his Obamacare network.

In his Navy Yard comments, Obama indicated his approval of gun-control regimes in Australia and the United Kingdom, which were imposed after shootings in 1996.

“They endured great heartbreak, but they also mobilized and they changed, and mass shootings became a great rarity,” Obama declared.

In Australia, after the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre of 35 people, the government imposed tough new gun-control laws, and largely banned semi-automatic guns.

The 1996 massacre of sixteen children and one adult in Dunblane, Scotland also prompted a government crackdown that largely banned private ownership of handguns.

But the United States is exceptional, partly because the Constitution establishes a personal right to own and carry weapons.

Obama indicated his opposition to the Constitution’s curbs on government power.

“What’s different in America is it’s easy to get your hands on gun — and a lot of us know this. …The politics are difficult,” he lamented.

“I cannot accept that,” said Obama, whose inauguration oath required him to swear that he would uphold the Constitution and laws.

Obama suggested that better security and expanded mental-health services might avert some shootings.

But he said the main need is some means to “take the basic, common-sense actions to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people.”

“The change we need will not come from Washington. …Change will come the only way it ever has come, and that’s from the American people,” he declared, bolstering the suggestion he plans to use the gun issue to spur Democratic turnout in the 2014 elections.

“So the question now is not whether, as Americans, we care in moments of tragedy. …But the question is, do we care enough?” he declared, presaging an anti-gun campaign over the next 14 months leading up to the November 2014 midterm elections.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: backoffbarry; banglist; bhofascism; democrats; guncontrol; obama; secondamendment; youwillnotdisarmus
Scumbag traitor
1 posted on 09/23/2013 12:51:20 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

OK. The shooter used a shotgun to take guns away from the cops he killed. Should we ban shotguns or disarm law enforcement officers now?


2 posted on 09/23/2013 1:01:00 AM PDT by RC one
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To: markomalley

I am surprised that the Leftwing Obama didn’t say, “we need more gun control because of the twelve people THE BROTHER — I mean the killer murdered.” Obama has the same New Left agenda that his mentor, Weatherman Bill Ayers, has.


3 posted on 09/23/2013 1:07:09 AM PDT by Stepan12
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To: markomalley

Few things animate Commie Boy more than attempts to undermine the Constitution.


4 posted on 09/23/2013 1:07:24 AM PDT by Amagi (God Save the Republic.)
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To: markomalley

This sorry sack of buzzard puke never wastes an opportunity to politicize tragedy. Too bad one of the grieving family members didn’t call his sorry ass out and demand that he leave the ceremony.


5 posted on 09/23/2013 1:12:50 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (White People are Racist for Not Caring About Motives of Black Mass Murderers, So I am a racist.)
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To: Amagi

You are red spot on target in this reply. The men who gave us our Constitution and recognized a need for a Bill of Rights to further protect it from abuse understood that Government should encourage Christianity and the Moral ethic that springs from our Christian conscious.this Communist from Kenya is looking to violate the Constitution he/she/ it so opposes yet again to prove his Party empowered “change”.and the sheep will go to slaughter in silence as George Washington suggested true when men are denied their free exercise of speech.


6 posted on 09/23/2013 2:07:46 AM PDT by Robert Burkholder
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To: markomalley

Just show me the proposal that keeps guns out of the hands of crazies. Short of that, Mr.President, STFU.


7 posted on 09/23/2013 3:02:57 AM PDT by plangent
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To: markomalley
FBHO
8 posted on 09/23/2013 3:13:07 AM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Obama - "I will stand with the Muslims")
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To: markomalley

Ban pump shotguns!/s


9 posted on 09/23/2013 3:40:29 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: markomalley

If there is a bombing, we blame the bomber. If there is a drunk-driving accident we blame the driver. When there is a shooting, WHY DO WE BLAME THE GUN?


10 posted on 09/23/2013 4:01:46 AM PDT by ImNotLying (The MSM bears a close resemblance to the world's oldest profession!)
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To: markomalley
Obama should openly start a campaign to repeal the 2nd amendment, and see if he can get that through the Congress and get the states to ratify. Just get on with it, and see how far they get. The NRA should openly challenge Obama on making that move. Put your money where your purple lips are, black-man.
11 posted on 09/23/2013 4:23:49 AM PDT by Lockbar (Quality Factory Loaded Ammunition ----- The New Gold!)
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To: Lockbar

The really big reason odumbo wants guns gone is to protect his own butt. Some day someone will reslove the problem.


12 posted on 09/23/2013 4:51:13 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: markomalley

This is about a minority group member getting a free pass for actions that would have flagged a White Christian as dangerous and caused him to lose his security clearance. But because he was a priviliged member of a government-approved victim group, his violent actions were overlooked.

If a White man says “watermelon” he is fired and his career is over. If a priviliged minority shoots at the ceiling, nothing happens because everyone is afraid of being called racist.

More victims of PC.


13 posted on 09/23/2013 5:05:23 AM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: markomalley

The agenda is clear the government wants to reinterpret the Second Amendment to read:
The possession of fire arms being necessary for the preservation of the United States Federal Government the right of the Federal Government and the individual States designated under Federal license and their designated agents shall have the sole possession and monopoly of arms which shall not be infringed.


14 posted on 09/23/2013 5:08:56 AM PDT by bonehead4freedom
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To: markomalley
I walk the streets with my family, go where I want , when I want, and feel very secure doing it.


15 posted on 09/23/2013 5:15:50 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: markomalley

A gun free zone, courtesy of Bill Clintoon.


16 posted on 09/23/2013 5:44:31 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: markomalley
Obama demands gun curbs, laments gun rights in Navy Yard shooting speech

Hussein wants all of American to resemble a Chicago style gang shootout.

17 posted on 09/23/2013 5:45:39 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: bonehead4freedom

All need to remember going forward, that given the opportunity most dems would happily separate you from your guns. Make this a part of local, state and national elections.


18 posted on 09/23/2013 5:59:30 AM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: markomalley

I love liberal “logic” - for the entertainment value. Mass shootings occur exclusively in so-called “gun free” zones which obviously arent gun free, just defenseless victim rich. Liberals “solution? “ more gun free zones. If it weren’t such a serious topic (involving rights and public safety) it would be knee-slapping hysterical funny listening to them try to justify their position.


19 posted on 09/23/2013 6:06:00 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: markomalley
Obama demands gun curbs


20 posted on 09/23/2013 7:04:19 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: ImNotLying
If there is a bombing, we blame the bomber. If there is a drunk-driving accident we blame the driver. When there is a shooting, WHY DO WE BLAME THE GUN LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS?

There, fixed it.

21 posted on 09/23/2013 10:18:46 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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To: Progov

Exactly why the push to ban the .50 cal rifle.


22 posted on 09/23/2013 10:24:28 AM PDT by jughandle
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To: markomalley
Obama should openly start a campaign to repeal the 2nd amendment, and see if he can get that through the Congress and get the states to ratify. Just get on with it, and see how far they get.
23 posted on 09/23/2013 10:28:12 AM PDT by Lockbar (Quality Factory Loaded Ammunition ----- The New Gold!)
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To: Lockbar

The Navy Yard has a good and fairly effective gun control policy. The shooter bought his gun “legally” and somehow snuck the gun into the Navy Yard. Once he killed a few guards and took their weapons, the door was open for him to use the now confiscated weapons to kill all those people. Tell me where that system went wrong? IT was not the gun so you can eliminate ANY guns that were used. Guns are only “tools”, he could have used a pressure cooker or some other device.


24 posted on 09/23/2013 10:38:28 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: markomalley

Come and take them, Mr. Odungo.


25 posted on 09/23/2013 11:02:48 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: markomalley

Voted best gun salesman of the century!

Lets see. A person picks up an inanimate object. Uses said object to _______ other innocent people.

After this action we must blame the inanimate object and ban it while ignoring the reason the person used said object to commit _______. Punish people who had no involvement in the act as a bonus.

I think a kindergartener could figure out that this is just plain stupid.

Then again trying to get that thought into oMao’s thinking is a lost cause because he hates America and freedom.

I tried to think of something better to call politicians but insulting Whores didn’t seem right.

Arming musloom terrorists is against the law but there is a waver for that. Just type a letter on your computer that says you waived the law and you can’t be prosecuted for the crime!


26 posted on 09/23/2013 12:19:46 PM PDT by Southern by Grace (kickbacks, bribes, maifia payoffs is how the D's get R' done!)
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To: ThunderSleeps
Per usual a liberals lie about their true motivations. Alinsky wrote in "Rules for Radicals" “From the moment an organizer enters a community, he lives, dreams, eats, breathes, sleeps only one thing, and that is to build the mass power base of what he calls the army.” In other words, as an SDS radical once said: "The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution."

They rationalize their true motivations this with some pretty absurd logic, which is why it's important to ignore their rationalizations and tragedy based arguments and attack their real motivation, and that motivation has never been more obvious and naked...they lust for Power; unlimited, unfettered, power.

27 posted on 09/23/2013 12:34:31 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: markomalley

“In his Navy Yard comments, Obama indicated his approval of gun-control regimes in Australia and the United Kingdom, which were imposed after shootings in 1996.

“They endured great heartbreak, but they also mobilized and they changed, and mass shootings became a great rarity,” Obama declared.

In Australia, after the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre of 35 people, the government imposed tough new gun-control laws, and largely banned semi-automatic guns.”

Hmm, I wonder what his reply would be if someone pointed out the fact that a key part of those gun control laws was the confiscation of lawfully owned and paid for private property without due process or just compensation.


28 posted on 09/24/2013 4:43:24 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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