Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Postscript : Obama , and gun laws.

The President had a point , buy why did go it
down with Congress?
I have to give President  Obama some credit for trying . Regarding his attempt to what some have pointed as " controlling gun violence "  , ** but  the push on gun control suffered a major blow. Congress shot it down . when the senate defeated a gun-buyer background check bill put together by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). The amendment failed 54 to 46, falling short of the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster of the measure.The White House's failure to recognize and act on the implications of this particular disconnect may have cost the country background checks. It was certainly the most important flaw in the way the White House went about selling additional firearms regulations to the country. Labels and rhetoric matter in politics. A lawmaker probably will not fear voting for "background checks" unless he or she fears that his opponents might seek to frame that vote for increased background checks as a vote for increased gun control. For exactly this reason, the White House made an immense blunder when it threw its support behind not only more expansive background checks, but also the renewal of the Assault Weapons Ban and limits on magazine capacity. That made it easy for opponents to conflate the issues in the minds of many Americans. The NRA won it out . Regardless of the plea's from the parents of the Sandy Hook School Massacre . I have to agree at some point with the NRA . I don't own any gun , nor do I care for guns , but the NRA hit a certain point when  Wayne LaPierre NRA president said that America has laws already on gun control , and more laws won't fix the problem.  That is indefinably true . Why is the legal system not enforcing the current gun law? If we even had a smidgen more of gun laws , even more background checks it for certainly would not have prevented Adam Lanza from getting a gun that his mother owned "legally" . The Lanza case was a case of bad parenting  and lack of clinical psychological help. What I hate about about the NRA is their lack of sympathy regarding gun violence which is running askew in America . Yes, the NRA is there to protect gun owners who obey the laws , but at some point the nation , the NRA and the whole legal system must approach the issue of gun violence'.

** "There are no coherent arguments for why we didn't do this," Obama said."

Sure there is, Mr. President. The coherent reason it failed is the fact that nothing in the bill would have any effect on the Newtown, Aurora, or Gabby Giffords shootings. 

If you could back in time and put this so-called universal background check in place one or two years before those horrific events, it would have made no difference in the outcome. If you put them in place now, it would have no effect on such events if they were to happen in the future. 

No effect whatsoever.

"The president said the failure of the background check bill "came down to politics."

He is right on that. Some members of congress seems to believe that it would have no effect either and realized that if they voted for it, their constituents would know that they were making a political calculation as opposed to trying to do anything that might work to prevent or reduce these tragedies from occurring in the future.

The polls also looked bad . On the surface, the poll released by The Washington Post and Pew Research Center made no sense. Only 47 percent of respondents said they were "disappointed" or "angry" that the Senate last week failed to advance a bill to expand background checks to gun shows and online sales. 

Yet in February, a Pew poll found that 83 percent of respondents supported an expansion of background checks to cover gun shows and all private sales – measures that would actually be stricter than what the Senate rejected.

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