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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

While Claiming It Isn't About Politics, Obama Uses Politics in Last Ditch Push for Gun Control

The Hill reports that Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell has said he will fillabuster S.649, Senator Reid's gun control bill that includes Schumer's so-called "Fix Gun Checks Act" that would make every gun owner a felon for simply lending their firearm to a friend.
“Sen. McConnell opposes the Reid bill (S. 649),” said Don Stewart, McConnell’s spokesman. “While nobody knows yet what Sen. Reid’s plan is for the gun bill, if he chooses to file cloture on the motion to proceed to the Reid bill, Sen. McConnell will oppose cloture on proceeding to that bill.”
In the meantime, Obama continues on his campaign style rallies to try and "shame" congress into passing federal gun control.  He, and others, continue to use and exploit the families of the 20 children and staff killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.

Obama accused some of using “political stunts” to prevent a vote on gun control legislation.

“Think about that,” he said. “They’re not just saying they’ll vote ‘no’ on ideas that almost all Americans support. They’re saying they won’t allow any votes on them at all. They’re saying your opinion doesn’t matter. And that’s not right.”

“We want a vote!” We want a vote!” the crowd chanted, which the president then repeated back.

“This is not about politics!” he said twice, as the crowd stood and applauded. Passing legislation, he said, “shouldn’t be a heavy lift.”
So, at the same time that he accuses opponents of using politics to stop what they say "most Americans" support, Obama uses the same political theater to advance his agenda.  So yes, it is about politics.  Obama just does not like that he may be losing this one.

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