Last night I was sitting with some friends enjoying a nice ice cold beer, relaxing in the cool evening and enjoying my first day of what should be a nice relaxing weekend off work. That was until my conservative friend tried to get his other conservative friend to argue with me on a bunch of topics that couldn’t possible matter to anyone.
This so called argument went nowhere, because like most people, when anyone talks issues and politics it is much easier to get mad and through a tantrum than actually sit and have an educated talk. I myself can understand why since these days most people are not educated on the fullness of the issues and that is not their fault, but rather the fault of news organizations who make their bones off ratings.
But my problem today is not with the news, it’s that people don’t try to dig deeper than what is on CNN. Here is my point, and it will be followed with a lot of facts. When someone, like my friend, only listens to big news and never tries to do research, he will never be fully educated, but only knowing what he hears.
My friend hears each day about Obama taking our guns away and I have been waiting for soooooo long to show him and you all, the end to Obama’s gun crusade argument.
“Don’t doubt for a minute that, if they thought they could get away with it, they would ban guns and ban ammunition and gut the Second Amendment,”
That saying was by former governor Sarah Palin, said at the National Rifle Association last year and here is FOX news host Glenn Beck on the same subject.
“[Obama] will slowly but surely take away your gun or take away your ability to shoot a gun, carry a gun.”
Here in this video is the executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. (Watch from 1.50 – 2.30)
And radio host Rush Limbaugh had repeatedly warned to his listeners to go out and buy guns before President Obama goes and outlaws them all.
In the month of November 2008, the month Mr. Obama was elected, there was 42% spike in gun background checks as compared to the month of the year before. The nations biggest anti gun lobby is called the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, named for James Brady who was President Regan’s Press Secretary who was shot in the head during John Hinckley’s assassination attempt on the 40th President.
The Brady organization gives grades to elected officials, based on their record and leadership in regard to gun legislation, with an “A” being the most anti gun and so on.
In spite of Governor Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh , and the VP of the NRA, telling us emphatically that Barack Obama has a secret plan to get our guns, here is the Presidents report card.
Background checks: F
Gun Trafficking: F
Guns in Public: F
Federal Assault Weapons Ban: F
Standing Up to the Gun Lobby: F
Not only has no attempt what so ever, been made to dismantle the second amendment during President Obama’s first two years in office, but the President has signed into law more repeals to federal gun polices that George W. Bush did during his entire eight years in the White House.
In fact these grades would indicate that President Obama is the best friend the NRA has ever had in an elected office, to say nothing of the Oval Office.
So why are Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the head of the NRA so colossally lying to you?
I don’t know.
But when they do, their ratings go up. Political contributions go up. Membership in the NRA goes up. The Presidents approval ratings go down and gun sales go through the freaking roof.