Today President Obama responded to the defeat of the Toomey-Manchin Bill. He was quite emotional, angry, and showered veiled threats on the Democrats who chose to side with the Constitution. He was surrounded by Sandy Hook parents and Gabby Giffords. Watch the video below of President Obama, and then let’s discuss some of the points he makes in the video:
A few moments ago a minority in the United States Senate decided it just wasn’t worth it. They blocked common sense gun reforms.
Lil Chantilly: If the Senate had the required 60 votes they would have passed. You are an Ivy League educated scholar Mr. President, surely you know that it only required 41 votes to shoot down these amendments. There is a reason our system is set up as it is.
President Obama: It wouldn’t have prevented future massacres.
Lil Chantilly: Um… then why spend valuable Congressional time on this?
President Obama asked: “A victory for who? A victory for what?”
Lil Chantilly: This victory goes to the god given rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.
President Obama: (Regarding the Sandy Hook parents) “Isn’t their opinion relevant to this debate?”
Lil Chantilly: They have a first Amendment right to speak their mind, and my heart goes out to them. Their opinion, the opinion of Gabby Giffords, are all valid opinions. The millions of responsible gun owners also have valid opinions and a first amendment right to speak our minds. That is the beauty of our country, we can have a civil debate with two different passionate points of view. In the end our elected representatives listen to the opinions and facts presented to them and they vote. Today our representatives, our Senators did just that. The President said they voted against this Bill because they feared they would not be elected next time. I am not as educated as Mr. Obama, but if the constituents have written e-mails, made phone calls, and slammed social media with an overwhelming opinion communicating their displeasure with a Bill, so much so that a Senator worries he will not be elected if he goes against that flood of communication, isn’t that the point? Mr. Obama, they DID listen to us!
President Obama: All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington.
Lil Chantilly: Somehow I do not think that George Washington or Thomas Jefferson would agree with you.
President Obama: “Even without Congress my Administration will keep doing everything it can.”
Lil Chantilly: I am sure you will, and when you step too far – there will be backlash.
President Obama did say quite a lot that I agree with 100% and I plan on taking his advice. I hope you do to:
President Obama’s closing remarks (summarized, not a direct quote:)
Law enforcement and responsible gun owners Democrats, Republicans, Urban moms, rural hunters, if your elected officials don’t act as you wish, come election time you must remember. From the NRA households, you need to contact the leadership and let them know if they represent your wishes! You outnumber those who argue the other way, you are better organized, and focus on this one issue [2nd Amendment] at election time. We, the American people, must sustain passion about this and must send the right people to Washington.
Yes, I know he was really speaking to the anti-gun crowd, but I KNOW those who actively support the 2nd Amendment out number those who actively support anti-gun legislation. We made our voices heard and the Senate proved that truth today.
In the words of John Paul Jones, an old Navy man, “We have not yet begun to fight!”