We’ve seen some truly horrific acts of dishonesty over the years from President Barack Obama, and his overly-emotional, theatrics filled speech promoting his Administration’s anti-gun executive orders (dissected earlier) was perhaps his deplorable performance yet.
He brought out victims of crimes that would not been saved by any of his proposals, mentioned crimes that could not be stopped by any existing or proposed law, and vilified the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization the National Rifle Association… and those were the least objectionable parts of his act.
Obama pointedly lied about “gun violence,” gun shows, internet sales, background checks, and so-called “smart guns,” while lashing out at hundreds of millions of American citizens and the Constitution itself for daring to stand in his way.
The lame duck President has a wretched and deplorable habit of making emotional arguments because the facts clearly are not on his side.
It seems that all Obama has left is theatrics and lies, and it doesn’t appear that Congress or the loyal opposition are willing to stand for it.
“No matter what President Obama says, his word does not trump the Second Amendment. We will conduct vigilant oversight,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said, adding that the actions “will no doubt be challenged in the courts.”
Obama, blasting the gun lobby and appearing to choke up as he discussed gun violence victims, rejected claims that he is infringing on the Second Amendment, citing other restrictions that can constitutionally apply to freedom of speech and other rights.
But Republicans said the changes would only hurt law-abiding Americans.
“He knows full well that the law already says that people who make their living selling firearms must be licensed, regardless of venue. Still, rather than focus on criminals and terrorists, he goes after the most law-abiding of citizens,” Ryan said in a statement.
“This executive order is just one more way to make it harder for law-abiding people to buy weapons or to be able to protect their families,” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a GOP presidential candidate, told Fox News.
Obama can turn on the fake tears and grandstand to his heart’s desire, but he will not achieve his goal of gutting the Second Amendment in his final year in office.
He has failed.