Commentary by NEWSL.ORG
After the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting Obama stood on his ideological ‘soap-box’ declaring “enough is enough.”
According to Kathleen Hennessey in the article below, Obama declared the following in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings:
“After a briefing from his national security team, Obama asked the American people and “legislatures” to find a way to make “it a little harder” for people to get guns.”
How about we make it a little harder for people to enact horrific crimes such as we’ve seen as of late.
How about as a leader you inspire a people to stand up, at minimum, to create a passive deterrent to combat these atrocities.
How about you [Obama] call a meeting of your governors to rally support on a nation-wide effort to combat terrorism. Have some humility, provide strategic direction and let your State Executives execute their powers as they see fit, within their environments.
Instead, Obama rallies world leaders to combat a fictitious “problem” which will only put more power into the hands of not only the American federal government, but the World powers as well … making us then slaves to a globalization of powers.
Humility is a beautiful thing and is an essential character trait in true leadership … maybe we will see some of that soon …
Or maybe not, because people LOVE “free” stuff.
By KATHLEEN HENNESSEY | The Associated Press
Bullets were still flying in San Bernardino when President Barack Obama, sitting for a scheduled television interview, issued a now-familiar call for more gun control. Around the same time Wednesday night, in an interview at his golf course in Northern Virginia, Donald Trump labeled such shootings a mental health problem.
By Thursday, both politicians were changing their tone and their takeaways from another mass shooting in America. The details of the California massacre at a holiday party — pointing at a possible link to Islamic militants and raising questions about domestic extremism — quickly knocked both Republicans and Democrats off their talking points, upending what has become a grim and predictable ritual in American politics.
Revelations that the suspects may have communicated with extremists and stockpiled weapons awkwardly shifted the conversation from familiar arguments about gun laws to what, if anything, could be done to block radicalized, homegrown attackers from striking targets at home?
That is a far more complex debate with fewer clear-cut policy prescriptions. The president has said he worries about the difficulties of preventing a homegrown or ‘lone-wolf’ attacker on U.S. soil — and the limits of security measures to prevent them. For Republicans, the issue could become quick campaign fodder — although they risk politicizing a national security threat, without offering a clear alternative.
On Thursday, the president walked a fine line in the discussion, mindful of an ongoing investigation and shifting circumstances. He asked for patience, assured Americans they were safe and, notably, toned down his typically full-throated call for congressional action on gun control.
After a briefing from his national security team, Obama asked the American people and “legislatures” to find a way to make “it a little harder” for people to get guns.
“And we’re going to have to, I think, search ourselves as a society to make sure that we can take basic steps that would make it harder — not impossible, but harder — for individuals to get access to weapons,” he said.
For his part, Trump initially cast such shootings “a mental health issue, to a large extent,” in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday night. He offered another explanation Thursday.
“Our president doesn’t want to use the term,” he said. “But it turns out it probably was related — radical Islamic terrorism.”
Obama’s comments were a far cry from the frustrated rants he has unleashed in the wake of other mass murders. Last week, the president decried the shooting and hostage taking at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility with a statement that declared “enough is enough.”
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White House correspondent Julie Pace contributed to this report