Skip to comments.Obama demands gun curbs, laments gun rights in Navy Yard shooting speech
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  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 were going to have to change. Were 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 weve 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 Constitutions curbs on government power.
Whats different in America is its 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 thats 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.
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?
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.
Few things animate Commie Boy more than attempts to undermine the Constitution.
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.
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.
Just show me the proposal that keeps guns out of the hands of crazies. Short of that, Mr.President, STFU.
Ban pump shotguns!/s
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?
The really big reason odumbo wants guns gone is to protect his own butt. Some day someone will reslove the problem.
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.
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.
A gun free zone, courtesy of Bill Clintoon.
Hussein wants all of American to resemble a Chicago style gang shootout.
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.
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.