Unless you live in Ecuador and the rains have interrupted your electricity, I’m sure you have read by now the kerfuffle about President Obama’s attitude toward guns. The NRA wants to make hay out of wet grass, but with the money at their disposal — and all the hot air they are able to produce — they are likely to pull it off. Obama made an off-the-cuff remark about how “we” shoot skeet “all the time” at Camp David. Apparently he wanted to make it appear that he is one of the “good old boys” and win over those on the right who have their sights set on him. Big Mistake. He was immediately confronted by Representative, Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) who apparently has nothing better to do than to challenge him to a skeet-shooting contest, certain that she would win hands down. And the officials at NRA were indignant as well. He poked the bear.
The story in HuffPost includes the following comments:
The White House photo released Saturday is dated Aug. 4, 2012. The caption says Obama is shooting clay targets on the range at Camp David. Obama is seen holding a gun against his left shoulder, his left index finger on the trigger and smoke coming from the barrel. He is wearing jeans, a dark blue, short-sleeved polo shirt, sunglasses and earmuffs.
The National Rifle Association, which has rejected Obama’s proposals, scoffed at the photo.
“One picture does not erase a lifetime of supporting every gun ban and every gun-control scheme imaginable,” said Andrew Arulanandam, the organization’s spokesman.
Note, please, what is happening here: the NRA is attempting to shift the focus of attention away from the 20 children who were massacred in Newtown, Connecticut, not to mention the 270,000 deaths from guns in this country in the past decade, to the question of whether this President does or does not actually shoot skeet. Important, no? Give me a break. It couldn’t matter less. But it is a clever ploy by a devious group with money in their pockets (and therefore considerable clout in Congress) who are determined not to allow anything more serious than checks on future gun purchases come out of this Congress. The NRA will doubtless see that as a major concession. Given that they are the face of gun manufacturers who want dearly to continue to amass piles of money by continuing uninterrupted the sale of their product to all and sundry, the NRA has no scruples whatever about making a mountain out of a mole-hill. It will continue to divert attention away from the central issue.
Clearly what we have here are smoke and mirrors, a slight of hand designed to make sure we focus on the question of whether this president loves or hates guns rather than the question of whether this Congress will have the courage to do the right thing by the American people and push through meaningful gun control legislation, after which it will, presumably, return to more pressing problems — like global warming. My best guess is that Congress will wimp out….again.