This story was sent to be by both Les and my lovely wife:
Days after the mass shootings in Colorado, guns shifted to the forefront of the presidential campaign as President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney engaged in their most extensive discussions on the issue since the tragedy.
Obama, in a speech to an African-American group Wednesday in New Orleans, embraced some degree of additional restrictions on guns. He acknowledged that not enough had been done to prevent weapons from getting into the hands of criminals and pledged to work with lawmakers from both parties to move forward on the matter….”Too often, those efforts are defeated by politics and by lobbying and eventually by the pull of our collective attention elsewhere,” he said.
Obama called for stepped-up background checks for people who want to purchase guns and restrictions to keep mentally imbalanced individuals from buying weapons. Those steps, he said, “shouldn’t be controversial. They should be common sense.”
From the other copy:
“But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers and not in the hands of crooks. They belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities,” he added.
Well they ARE on the streets, Barry, legally. I used to own an AK-pattern rifle, and I live in a city! I know lots of city folks that own other “Assault Weapons” as you and other stupid people might call them. You obviously don’t think we should have them. Come and take them.
And Tam sums it up best:
At a speech before the Urban League yesterday, where one is expected to talk about street violence in much the same way that one would be expected to discuss soybean yields at a Farm Bureau convention, Obama made some comments that were no doubt carefully focus-grouped to be middle-of-the-road on the whole gun issue. You know the ones: “Duck hunting and Second Amendment good; crime guns and ‘assault weapons’ bad.”
Unfortunately for him, the mic was on and the media has grabbed him by the back of the head and turned what was probably intended to be an exploratory I-dare-ya touch of the Second Amendment third rail with the tip of his tongue into a great big sloppy lick.
Romney may have all he needs to win now, so long as he doesn’t do something stupid…which for Romney will be VERY hard, because just like Barry-O Romney is a fucking idiot!