Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Observations 1.16

Later today President Obama will announce his plans on gun control. Always ready to do its part yesterday the NRA contributed to civil debate by releasing this ad which features the President's daughters. Yes they have armed guards, they happen to be called the Secret Service, probably because from the moment their father became president they became targets for well armed nutjobs from all over the world.

Now just imagine this, everybody sitting around NRA headquarters trying to come up with a new ad. One person thinks of something, another writes it up, and than they throw it upstairs where somebody with the authority gives the idea a thumbs up. They pick photos and music and put the ad together. Finally they all sit around a big table where they watch the finished ad together before smiling and nodding approval. Yes lets bring the President's daughters into it, lets make it personal. I'm sorry this is picking on Amy Carter or Chelsea Clinton, this goes over a line. The ad is currently running on just the NRA's news channel but they haven't ruled out purchasing time on other networks.

Maybe I should just let the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze say it in a more rational way than I am, "I’m guessing Sasha and Malia would be delighted not to have security, but their dad happens to be president."

And while I'm at it why is it suddenly elitist for the President of the United States to have Secret Service protection? I don't remember ever hearing that about any other president. Think about that one too.

The whole thing just disgusts me.

Published on Jan 15, 2013 by NRANews.

update - Here is a link to a .pdf file listing the twenty three 'gun violence reduction executive actions' taken by President Obama today. Also here is a link to the President's complete plan including actions that need Congressional action.

If I'm going to be disgusted today I think I'm going to go for totally disgusted. When the President announced his gun control plan he was accompanied by children who had written him after the Newtown slaughter. Rush Limbaugh gives a better description,

"Now, if a bunch of kids wrote the president and said that their parents aren't giving them enough candy, do you think Obama would have them to the White House and do candy-control ceremonies? Obama uses kids as human shields. The Democrats use kids as human shields. He brings these kids who supposedly wrote letters to the White House after Newtown, brings them up there to present a picture of support among the children for the president to do something about guns. It's gonna be very difficult, very difficult to oppose it. You got these little kids there. They don't want to die."

Among other nutjob responses to the President's plan were calls for his impeachment, for insurrection against the tyrant, that President Obama should be charged with treason, and that we should all prepare for civil war. There was a time I used the term nutjob to add a bit of sarcasm to what I was writing but more and more I think some of these people are seriously flawed.

The gods help us.