Mike Huckabee News
Apr 21 2013
Wednesday, all of the various new gun law proposals failed to reach 60 votes in the Senate, and President Obama is not taking that well. He gave another angry and impassioned speech, surrounded by Sandy Hook school parents. He blasted the motives of his opponents, accusing them of not caring about children, and caving to fear that the NRA would oppose their reelections. It might be good political theater, but it’s bad leadership. If you want someone to support a law, you have to convince them that it’s a good law, not go on TV to impugn their character for disagreeing with you. In fact, there are grieving Sandy Hook School parents who oppose more gun laws. Do THEY not care about their own children? Or do they just have an honest disagreement about the best way to keep them safe?
Obama declared that this was just Round One. But in political terms, it’s a knockout punch. He was already a lame duck. He bet every ounce of political capital he had from his reelection on this one issue, and he couldn’t even get his own party to support it. Five Democrats voted against even the watered-down Manchin-Toomey background check bill. And Republicans said they didn’t vote against protecting children, they just thought the bills undermined the Second Amendment and were based on a false premise that a background check was the only law criminals would actually obey. This defeat puts Obama in a very weak position for his second term.
He accused Congress of a disconnect with the public. But a new Gallup poll finds that Americans think the #1 issue Washington should be addressing, by far, is the economy, followed by unemployment, bad government, the debt and health care. By making his second term all about gun control, Obama is showing a disconnect with everyone except those Americans who named gun control the most important issue. All…four percent of them.