Gun Control Group Gives Obama an ‘F’
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President Barack Obama on Monday received a failing grade from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence for ...
January 19th, 2010 11:32 PM
Gun Control Group Gives Obama an ‘F’
Gun control group gives Obama an 'F'
President Barack Obama on Monday received a failing grade from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence for running away from gun control.
The group, which endorsed Obama in 2008, gave him an “F” on every issue it scored, including background checks, gun trafficking, guns in public, the federal assault weapons ban, standing up to the gun lobby and leadership.
“It’s been a very disappointing year for us, especially considering what he campaigned on,” the group’s president, Paul Helmke, said during an appearance on MSNBC.
When Obama was elected, gun rights supporters feared the new president would take away their guns; their worries spiked gun sales in the days and weeks before Obama’s inauguration. The National Rifle Association (NRA) said Obama would be the most anti-gun president in U.S. history.
But the Brady Campaign, a leading advocacy group for stricter gun laws, said Obama actually has done little to clamp down on firearms since being elected. Instead, the president has signed into law two bills that favored gun-rights supporters.
“This year they ran away from the issue, and actually signed two repeals of good gun legislation,” said Helmke.
Obama signed legislation this year that would allow guns in national parks and on Amtrak trains.
The two gun measures were attached as amendments to larger pieces of legislation — a bill cracking down on credit card companies and a transportation appropriations bill, respectively — that the president generally supported.
A spokesman for the White House did not directly respond to the Brady Campaign’s criticism in an e-mail. He said Obama supports and respects the Second Amendment, and defended the administration, saying it had taken “common-sense steps” to keep streets safe and stem the flow of illegal guns.
White House spokesman Ben LaBolt pointed to the administration’s work to stanch the flow of firearms across the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as its efforts to change the law to enhance investigations into illegal gun trafficking. He said the $787 billion economic stimulus bill and the 2010 budget funded billions for police officers.
“The Recovery Act and the administration’s 2010 budget included a major investment in law enforcement, including billions in funding for communities to hire police officers and to improve their ability to fight crime,” LaBolt said.
Gun rights supporters flexed their muscles several times this year in Congress. Aside from the two bills signed by Obama, gun rights groups also blocked legislation to give District of Columbia residents a vote in the U.S. House by attaching an amendment to repeal D.C.’s handgun ban.
Many Democrats from states carried by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008 support gun rights and value grades they receive from the NRA.
That atmosphere in Congress likely made it difficult for the administration to take on gun rights supporters.
For example, the administration backed off signals by Attorney General Eric Holder that it would seek to reinstate an assault-rifle ban that had expired.
“As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons,” the attorney general said at the time.
Two months later, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs walked back the pledge.
“The president believes there are other strategies we can take to enforce the laws that are already on our books,” Gibbs said.
Helmke said that the Obama administration hadn’t yet reached out to the gun control group, and that he doesn’t expect the White House to do so anytime soon.
He also criticized the administration for backing off campaign promises on guns, including the ban on assault rifles.
The Brady Campaign’s report card, and its leader’s critical remarks, come as Obama faces criticism from a number of liberal groups that say the president has ceded too much ground to centrists and Republicans during the healthcare debate. Liberals also have criticized Obama for increasing troop levels in Afghanistan.
Groups like the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) have run ads in the midst of the healthcare debate chiding Obama and some Democrats in Congress for having agreed to drop a public health insurance option. And members of Obama’s own party have bucked the president by opposing funding for the president’s troop surge in Afghanistan.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch; Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
-- Benjamin Franklin
January 19th, 2010 11:36 PM
Better to die on your feet, than to live on your knees.
January 19th, 2010 11:40 PM
IMO, an assult on our 2nd ammendment rights IS coming, straight after the current sideshows are cramed down our throats.
January 19th, 2010 11:42 PM
It seem you just can't please a liberal!!!!!!!!!!
NOT LIVING IN FEAR, JUST READY!!!
I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness,
nor the arrow for its swiftness,
nor the warrior for his glory.
I love only that which they defend.
January 19th, 2010 11:43 PM
The enemy of my enemy is my friend?
he knows its political suicide, He's waiting for his second term. (God Forbid)
Exodus 22:2 "If a thief is caught breaking in and is struck so that he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed"
January 20th, 2010 12:04 AM
In his past he has not supported 2A and he has said before he doesn't support conceal carry.
January 20th, 2010 12:37 AM
Oh Boo Hoo,It ain't over yet
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .
January 20th, 2010 01:09 AM
Calm before the storm...
I hate the Brady Campaign so much.
January 20th, 2010 01:12 AM
It seems that he has used "common sense" as re pledge to, by not increasing gun restrictions. Don't let you guard down though.
But hey, an F from the Brady Bunch is a good grade in my book!
January 20th, 2010 08:37 AM
slight of hand. If one takes their eyes off the ball......
Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is No Vice--Moderation in the Pursuit of Justice is No Virtue. - Senator Barry Goldwater
January 20th, 2010 09:06 AM
Hate for the Brady bunch, but it isn't over yet!
January 20th, 2010 09:28 AM
O is failing everyone.
I don't think he'll do much unless he is reelected. He is smart enough o know not to mess with the gun owners. Thats why the Brady Bunch is p-o'd.
Don't believe what you hear and only half of what you see!
January 20th, 2010 09:52 AM
political bickering from bickering ignorant people
the real "change" will come with a second term
Certified Glock Armorer
"I got a touch of hangover bureaucrat, don't push me"
Independence is declared; it must be maintained. Sam Houston-3/2/1836
If loose gun laws are good for criminals why do criminals support gun control?
January 20th, 2010 10:05 AM
I agree, a 2nd term would be the dangerous one. But with the Mass. election results and what could happen in November, it might all be moot.
Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a congressman can.
The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything.
January 20th, 2010 10:58 AM
I would like to know what the Brady group thought President Obama "campaigned on." Everytime I mentioned his anti-gun history, I was told that his campaign was pro-gun. Is it possible he told them something different than the rest of us heard?
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