During last Friday’s press conference, President Obama criticized opponents to his policies as having “half-baked ideas” and speaking “mumbo jumbo” … and, he said that Congress should tighten gun control laws because “the polling says the majority of Americans understand we should be changing these laws “ and “Congress should act on behalf of the majority” Source
Yesterday, we commented on the majority rule part of the teaching moment …. pointing out that “acting on behalf of the majority” didn’t seem to be important for ObamaCare or the Iran Deal.
Perhaps the President has had a change of heart re: the will of the majority.
Or he, himself, may be spewing some mumbo jumbo.
Today, let’s dig a little deeper on the basic premise behind his call for action on stricter gun laws: a majority of Americans favor such a move.
First, some context …
What happened on Oregon was a horrific tragedy. Period.
No rationale person can disagree with that conclusion.
And, for the record, I don’t own a gun … I’ve never fired a gun … and I don’t ever intend to do either.
My basic take: we should start by enforcing the gun laws that are currently on the books before we enact new ones (that also will be selectively enforced only on law-abiding citizens, not thugs and criminals).
Case in point: The state of Illinois and City of Chicago have some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. How’s that working out?
The laws are on the books, but the the gangs and thugs run around unchecked.
I guess that it is way easier to legislate than enforce … so let’s legislate, right?
OK, back to Obama’s claim that “the polling says the majority of Americans understand we should be changing these laws “ Source
Is that really what the majority of Americans are saying?
Here’s what the polling indicates:
According to Gallup:
“Less than half of Americans, 47%, say they favor stricter laws covering the sale of firearms … 38% of Americans say these laws should be kept as they are now … and 14% say they should be made less strict.”
That’s 52% (a majority) who think the laws are fine as is … or think that they should be less strict.
So, it looks like the Congress is acting (or, more precisely, “not acting”) according to the wishes of the majority.
Isn’t that what the President wants?
Or, is he just speaking mumbo jumbo?
Maybe, he means that since 47% want tougher laws and 14% want looser laws, that 61% )a majority) think that the laws should be changed.
That certainly would be mumbo jumbo.
Or, he may be making a clever twist on words, rebranding “gun control” as “ common sense gun safety”.
Historical note: reminds me of Republicans cleverly rebranding the estate tax as a “death tax”.
It’s easy to imagine rallying a majority for “common sense” – though, views may differ widely as to what constitutes common sense in this case.
Similarly, “gun safety” is hard to oppose and would certainly get more votes.
But, many folks might interpret that as keeping their guns from misfiring … not waving their 2nd amendment rights.
So, tell me again … who’s spewing mumbo jumbo?