In reaction to the U.S. Senate‘s rejection of a gun control bill he had been pushing Congress to pass, Barack Obama blew his stack in his comments about the defeat, pitching a tantrum in front of the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Attorney and radio commentator Hugh Hewitt, reacting to Obama’s explosive tone, stated that the president had acted in a manner that is unbecoming to the office of president and added to the pain and heartache of those who are suffering in the wake of the Newtown shooting.
Vowing that he would continue to do all that is necessary to pass more gun control legislation, Obama castigated Senate Republicans and a few Democrats who voted with them in defeating the Toomey-Manchin compromise measure that would have vastly expanded background checks on gun purchases.
But Obama reserved his harshest words for the National Rifle Association (NRA) that had vigorously opposed the new gun control measure, accusing the organization of lying to the public:
The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. It came down to politics. They (the NRA) claimed that it would create some sort of big-brother gun registry, even though it did the opposite. This pattern of spreading untruths … served a purpose. A minority in the U.S. Senate decided it wasn’t worth it. They blocked common-sense gun reforms, even while these families looked on from the Senate gallery.
Hewitt went further to say that despite Obama’s threats, Americans by and large oppose any more gun control and place the issue near the bottom of the list of issues voters view as important.
If anything, said Hewitt, voters in Colorado, for example, will probably turn out dozens of Democrats from the state legislature which engaged in serious overreach in approving draconian gun control laws over the objections of the voters in the state. Hewitt stated that Colorado may even go as far as to have recall elections for many of the Democrats who voted in favor of the gun control measures.
- In blow to Obama, U.S. Senate blocks gun-control plan (firstpost.com)
- After gun bill falters in Congress, Fla. Legislature sends ‘Hands off our guns’ memorial to Obama (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Gun control rejected in big blow to Obama (thehill.com)
- BREAKING: Manchin-Toomey Background Checks Bill Officially Defeated In 54-46 Vote – Roll Call Included, See How Your Senators Voted (patdollard.com)
- Lawmakers react to gun bill opposition (wpri.com)
- US Senate rejects expanded gun background checks (metronews.ca)
- President Obama slams senators who opposed gun measure (whas11.com)
Really, such an epic failure… He sounded like a cry baby throwing a temper tantrum.
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