Obama to Campaign for Assault Weapons Ban

Obama and gun control

The never-ending campaign continues. With the Assault Weapons Ban facing an incredibly tough road in the Senate — so tough, in fact, that Majority Leader Harry Reid admitted that he didn’t have enough votes to avoid a filibuster — President Barack Obama announced in his weekly address that he would hit the road in support of the measure:

In his weekly radio and Internet address released Saturday, Obama says the U.S. has changed in the three months since the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn., left 20 first graders and six educators dead. He says Americans support the ban, plus limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines, school security funding and a crackdown on gun trafficking.

“Today there is still genuine disagreement among well-meaning people about what steps we should take to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in this country. But you, the American people, have spoken,” Obama said.

The White House said Saturday that Obama will make additional trips outside Washington to rally support for the measures, including the assault weapons ban. The White House also said that before Obama left for Israel earlier this week, his push for gun control was among the issues he raised with lawmakers from both parties as he embarked on a concerted effort to reach out to Congress.

Campaigning seems to be all President Obama knows. It’s all he’s done really since he came on the national scene at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. And nevermind that his own Department of Justice has said that the Assault Weapons Ban is “unlikely” to have an impact on gun violence. It’s a charade, folks. It’s not about pushing constructive policy based on reasoned information — all President Obama wants is to win. That’s it.

CNN reported on the results of a new poll last week showing that support for gun control measures had dropped since the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The poll showed that only 43% of Americans back “major restrictions” or a complete ban on guns — down from 52% in December. However, 55% support only “minor restrictions” or no restrictions at all on gun ownership.

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