Yesterday, surrounded by children, Obama signed 23 executive orders that amounted to very little. He also urged Congress to pass legislation banning “assault weapons,” or guns that look kind of scary, and impose a 10-round limit for magazines. There is little chance such legislation could pass the Democrat-controlled Senate, let alone the GOP-led House.
But Obama doesn’t care, because the real purpose of yesterday’s event was to show, through photo-op, that if you aren’t in favor of the president’s assault on the 2nd Amendment, you must want more innocent children to die. The president even read portions of the letters these kids sent to him, urging stricter gun control so that “everybody [can] be happy and safe.” So, the President of the United States is now taking legislative advice from children. (Next thing you know, Obamacare will cover imaginary friends—but I digress.)
The gall on display at this dog and pony show was astounding. With a straight face, Obama declared, “Congress needs to help, rather than hinder, law enforcement as it does its job. We should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals. And we should severely punish anybody who helps them do this.” Which is why today I am firing Eric Holder and urging a thorough investigation of Operation Fast and furious—Ok, so he didn’t say that last part…but it does fit doesn’t it?
I couldn’t help but think about Brian Terry’s mother as Obama made this statement. Her son, a U.S. Border Patrol agent, and hundreds of innocent Mexicans were murdered with weapons the United States Justice Department knowingly provided to dangerous drug cartels. More than 2000 guns from the operation are missing, people have died, and nobody has been punished or held accountable. Now Obama is going to go after law-abiding, responsible gun owners. It’s absurd.
In the end, this may have very little to do with guns. Obama is using the Newtown-inspired gun control debate to highlight congress’ “inability to act.” He chastises them for failing to confirm an ATF director (although he hasn’t put effort into nominating viable candidates and promoting their confirmation) and he urges gun legislation he knows can’t pass either chamber. To the American people, Congress appears even more immobile.
This allows Obama to claim, “Congress, who won’t even protect the children, refuses to act on X, so I will, for the good of the country.” Get ready for more executive orders, more czars, and more power grabs over the next four years. I guess our founders truly did understand what tyranny could look like 200+ years into the future.