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February 14, 2013
President Barack Obama's State of Union Speech Exacerbates Disunion Over Gun Policy - 2

President Barack Obama formally initiated his gun control push with a policy speech on Jan. 16 and then reiterated his support for the proposed so-called 'assault weapons" (semi-automatic firearms) ban, magazine capacity limits and universal background checks during his Jan. 21 inaugural address.
               
But during Tuesday night's State of the Union speech, Obama used emotion -- and the presence in the House chamber of 40 gun violence survivors and family members -- to demand that Congress votes on a raft of gun control proposals introduced since the Newtown school massacre.
               
The ploy -- which looked like Political Theater 101 -- didn't go unnoticed by Second Amendment advocates.
               
"President Obama has been claiming to want a balanced approach to solving the nation's gun violence problem," Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Chairman Alan Gottlieb said in a post-speech press release. "If that was true, he would have invited people who have defended themselves with firearms to be in the audience tonight as well. When the president uses words like 'balance,' 'safety' and 'common sense,' it's just a charade."
               
According to the Gun Owners of America, an estimated 2.5 million people a year use a firearm in self-defense. Yet, these crime victims are, apparently, being ignored by the Administration as the gun control debate unfolds.
               
Gottlieb said Obama's impassioned focus on gun control serves him well since his economic policies "are clearly in trouble." He noted a recent Quinnipiac University poll shows only 15 percent of Americans consider the nation's gun policies to be a top priority while the vast majority consider the economy to be the nation's pivotal issue.
               
Obama is "using tonight's State of the Union address to grandstand for gun control while it is clear to a majority of Americans that the stagnating economy is far more important," Gottlieb said. "Banning guns is a priority for the president but not the people."   

               
For more, go to:
-- Obama 'Packing House' To Push Gun Ban Agenda, Says CCRKBA
               
-- NRA President David Keene Responds To State Of The Union Address with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer – 2/12/13
               
-- Nugent tweets his State of Union response: Obama 'master scam artist'
               
-- NRA Claims Obama’s Plan Will Lead To Gun Confiscations
               
-- NRA: Obama's Proposals Would Lead to Gun Confiscation
               
-- Response to Obama's State of the Union Address on Gun Control and Healthcare
               
-- President Barack Obama says an 'overwhelming' majority supports gun legislation like background checks
               
-- The political failure of Obama's State of the Union proposals
               
-- Alumnus Leads Anti-Gun-Violence Gesture at State of the Union Address
               
-- US Sen. Warren invites anti-gun activist to speech
               
-- Gun control advocates use State of the Union to highlight their cause
               
-- Nugent appearance at State of the Union a potential distraction for GOP
               
-- President Obama's state of the union 2013: panel verdict
               
-- Congressman paralyzed by gun showcases victims of gun violence at State of the Union

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from land_cruiser_73 wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

DMS, please consider all aspects before signing on to support ANYTHING! Consider if I were to sell you a rifle: I would have to call a 1-800 number and make sure you were ok. How would the government know if we had done this or not? By requiring all guns be registered. We all know where that leads.
I don't want crazy people to have guns any more than you do, but that is a slippery slope also. When I returned from Iraq, I had some anger issues that I couldn't understand. I talked to someone at the V.A. who explained that it was physical craving for the adrenaline my body had lived on for a year.
If I had gotten some liberal doctor, or if the government mandated it, I could have fallen into the cracks and been deemed unfit to own a gun.
I don't have any answers other than to agree with the NRA that only a good person with a gun can stop a bad person with a gun.

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from land_cruiser_73 wrote 1 year 9 weeks ago

DMS, please consider all aspects before signing on to support ANYTHING! Consider if I were to sell you a rifle: I would have to call a 1-800 number and make sure you were ok. How would the government know if we had done this or not? By requiring all guns be registered. We all know where that leads.
I don't want crazy people to have guns any more than you do, but that is a slippery slope also. When I returned from Iraq, I had some anger issues that I couldn't understand. I talked to someone at the V.A. who explained that it was physical craving for the adrenaline my body had lived on for a year.
If I had gotten some liberal doctor, or if the government mandated it, I could have fallen into the cracks and been deemed unfit to own a gun.
I don't have any answers other than to agree with the NRA that only a good person with a gun can stop a bad person with a gun.

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