Much Ado About Nothing

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.

White House Photo

White House Photo

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.

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6 thoughts on “Much Ado About Nothing

  1. Congress has already wimped out in my opinion. what in the world are they waiting for? In the month since Newtown 900 more people died from guns(and it’s obviously more than that since 1/14….somewhere I saw a number, just can’t recall it at the moment. maybe 1500 by now?) while the political games continue. Very disappointing would be an understatement.

  2. I think they are scared to death of the NRA. They have seen previous members of Congress lose their jobs because they bucked that group — and they want above all else to keep their jobs!

  3. Ah. we had heavy rain last night, the river is muddy, and – viola!- the power is working!!!

    Making hay out of wet grass always spells trouble. A little time and patience often pays off, where impatience causes regrets.

    Yes, they need to keep their eye on the ball and not on a diversion on the sidelines.

  4. Great post. Speaking of footage, I did enjoy seeing Wayne LaPierre testify in front of Congress in 1999 saying the NRA could support background checks under all circumstances. Some would call this a flip flop. He tried to downplay it on Fox News, but I think support for background checks is more obvious a need for now. Of all the recommendations, this one is a no brainer. Opposing it now makes the NRA look very foolish.

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