Obama Still Whining about Gun Owners’ Political Power

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Barack Obama is still upset about just how bitterly so many Americans cling to their guns. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Barack Obama is still upset about just how bitterly so many Americans cling to their guns. During an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired November 17, the former president expressed his anger with the fact that gun owners successfully organized to defeat his radical gun control agenda in early 2013.

When asked by Winfrey about high-profile shootings, Obama responded,

I have to say, Oprah, gun violence is one of those issues that I think we are far away from the promised land on because it’s become such a cultural hot button issue. It’s become wrapped up with people’s sense of identity and the degree to which the country is divided.

Addressing the December 2012 high-profile shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the political aftermath, the former president went on to add,

But, I will say that was not only maybe the saddest day of my presidency, but when Congress failed to do anything in the aftermath of Sandy Hook was probably the angriest I ever was during my presidency. I was disgusted and appalled by the inaction… it was all viewed as politics…

Obama’s response was in line with his previous statements on the topic. In a July 2015 interview with the BBC, Obama noted that gun control was “one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied.”

For her part, Winfrey was in visible agreement with Obama as he responded to her question. Winfrey has been associated with gun control activism since the 1990s when the talk show host supported radical anti-gun group CeaseFire, Inc. Part of the group’s mission statement was to “educate Americans to view handguns as the inherently unsafe and dangerous products they are, and not appropriate to have in any home.” Winfrey also promoted the anti-gun Million Mom March and has expressed her support for a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms.

Obama’s chief complaint to Winfrey was that gun owners had the temerity to politically organize to defend their Second Amendment rights in opposition to his administration’s efforts. Moreover, in doing so, the former president attempted to portray the wisdom of his preferred gun control policies as so self-evident as to be beyond the scope of politics. To the former president, the rights and concerns of the firearms community deserve no political consideration.

Of course, there was no wisdom to Obama’s preferred gun control policy – the criminalization of private firearm transfers (sometimes referred to as “universal background checks”). Following the shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Department of Justice surveyed the efficacy of several gun control measures. In a memo dated January 4, 2013, a DOJ researcher concluded that the criminalization of private transfers would be ineffective absent further draconian gun control measures, including firearm registration.

Obama’s own DOJ told the administration that the gun control legislation he was championing would not be effective. Yet, the president persisted in pushing the ineffective policy until the legislation was defeated in the Senate on April 17, 2013. A reasonable person could conclude that Obama’s decision to promote legislation that would have harmed gun owners while serving no public safety benefit was pure politics.

With his grumbling about the organized gun owners’ political power, Obama is part of a growing list of powerful politicians who have lamented Americans’ attachment to their Constitutional rights.

Former President Bill Clinton has repeatedly acknowledged the devastating toll of pro-gun activism and the Clinton ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms exacted on Democratic incumbents in the 1994 midterm election.

Recalling the election in his autobiography “My Life,” Clinton explained,

On November 8, we got the living daylights beat out of us, losing eight Senate races and fifty-four House seats, the largest defeat for our party since 1946….The NRA had a great night. They beat both Speaker Tom Foley and Jack Brooks, two of the ablest members of Congress, who had warned me this would happen. Foley was the first Speaker to be defeated in more than a century. Jack Brooks had supported the NRA for years and had led the fight against the assault weapons ban in the House, but as chairman of the Judiciary Committee he had voted for the overall crime bill even after the ban was put into it. The NRA was an unforgiving master: one strike and you`re out. The gun lobby claimed to have defeated nineteen of the twenty-four members on its hit list. They did at least that much damage….

Later in the book, Clinton credited NRA with helping to defeat Al Gore in 2000.

In a similar vein, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton repeatedly groaned about gun owners’ political power in her book about the 2016 presidential election “What Happened.” In addition to acknowledging gun owners’ role in the 1994 midterm elections and Gore’s defeat, Hillary complained,

As for the NRA, it kept its promise to do everything it could to stop me. All told, the gun lobby spent more than $30 million supporting Trump, more money than any other outside group, and more than double what it spent to support Mitt Romney in 2012. About two-thirds of that money paid for more than ten thousand negative ads attacking me in battleground states.

With gun owners facing a possible Joe Biden-Kamala Harris presidential administration, gun rights supporters should take motivation from Obama’s statements. Obama’s continued whining on guns is recognition of the effectiveness of well-informed, well-organized, and politically-active gun rights supporters. Armed with the same dedication and effort that led to the victory over Obama in 2013, gun owners will be ready to confront the potential challenges of 2021.


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RJL
RJL
2 months ago

Thank You President Trump for pardoning Ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich,
Blago Knows the real story to shut Barry Soetoro, America’s first mulatto Anti-American president down.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
2 months ago
Reply to  RJL

Blago is a POS, corrupt Illinois politician.

nobodyuknow
nobodyuknow
2 months ago

Someone needs to take this P.O.S. Communist 100 miles out in the ocean (any ocean) and drop his lying Communist azz in the drink without a life preserver!!!

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
2 months ago

Obozo SHOULD be sitting in a FEDERAL PRISON awaiting JUDGEMENT for being a TRAITOR to ALL Americans!!!!!!

Capn Dad
Capn Dad
2 months ago

There’s an obama lover here on Ammoland’s staff. Not all are what they appear to be.

JohnBored
JohnBored
2 months ago

“wrapped up with people’s sense of identity. . .” Identity, you damned right if you identify as an American. We are the only people that have the right to bear arms enshrined in the Bill of Rights. That is an essential part of our American Identity. Obama may technically be an American citizen, but he is hardly American. As far as Winfrey is concerned, she became a billionaire spouting off her opinions, dubious as they are. She can afford armed security, living in a gated estate. She would think differently if she were a single mom living in a bad… Read more »

nobodyuknow
nobodyuknow
2 months ago
Reply to  JohnBored

JohnBored . . . AMEN!!!

mlhtd51
mlhtd51
2 months ago

“Dear Lord:
The last years have been very tough. You have Taken my favorite actor -Paul Newman; my favorite actress – Elizabeth Taylor; my favorite singer – Andy Williams, my favorite author -Tom Clancy, and now my favorite comedian – Robin Williams.

I just wanted you to know
that my favorite politicians are Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Kameltoe Harris, Nancy Piglosi and Harry Reid, and I have a special place in my heart for Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton….
Amen”

macdog
macdog
2 months ago
Reply to  mlhtd51

Amen

hoss
hoss
2 months ago

This Commie Rat Bastard deserves what all of them deserve 13 steps, and a rope!

Boz
Boz
2 months ago

Go away, musIim infiITraitor.

Elisa Delaurenti
Elisa Delaurenti
2 months ago

Guns don’t commit violence. The identity politics thugs (ie, racist leftists, demanding shrews and the homosexual lobby) are the ONLY perpetrators of violence we’re seeing today.
That’s why decent Americans are gathering up all their precious metals and polishing their brass.

Last edited 2 months ago by Elisa Delaurenti
Wass
Wass
2 months ago

As an insufferable cynic, I’ve always been of the opinion that when it comes to gun ownership, those who have the guns, ie., military, police, politicians and privileged elites, will want to keep it that way, and thus, will not want the hoi polloi to be armed. This, as well as public ignorance, by the inexperienced, as to the benefits of civilian arms, explains pretty much what’s behind attitudes such as Obama’s.

TexasGunCents
TexasGunCents
2 months ago
Reply to  Wass

Fixed it.

…those who have the guns, ie., military, police, politicians and privileged elites, will want to keep it that way, and thus, will not want the hoi polloi proles to be armed.

james
james
2 months ago

The best thing about the end of World Famous JV ex POTUS BHO, not having to listen to his constant Um…ah….ah…um….ah..
Pressers where he takes three questions, rambles on Um, ah…ah..um.

Trump pressers a breath of fresh air, 60 min or longer answers the questions and hits back hard against the fake media.

Now we can look forward to Comatose Joe.

PMinFl
PMinFl
2 months ago
Reply to  james

We’ll see plenty of bho, he will be asked for imput on every issue, after all it is his third term.

nobodyuknow
nobodyuknow
2 months ago
Reply to  james

james . . . ARM UP!!! GET READY!!!

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
2 months ago

I’ve seen some real pricks in the White House, but Barry is the king. The Constitution or what’s left of it was the instrument of his failure, but much like all democrats, blame is what they’re really good at.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
2 months ago

Obama should grow up and shut up like decent former presidents. He should find something worthy of his time, e.g., finding a location for his presidential library.

macdog
macdog
2 months ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

Kenya

Joe
Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  macdog

RIGHT ON, should move there with his whole family and join the rest of his relatives !!

AL
AL
2 months ago

Who cares what this activist says. He’s lied about so much. That’s not representation of “we the people” Fast n furious was on his watch and he did nothing about it. He’s promoted racism and made several unconstitutional moves during his term. This guy sat on a couch with Bill Aires, who plotted against ‘America’, smoked pot this ass and later did nothing substantial accept promote other anti-American activists, like Farakaun.
Just go away freak!!

macdog
macdog
2 months ago
Reply to  AL

Osama Obama comes from underneath the same swamp rock as screwy louie farrakhan, rev.wright, al sharpton, and the unrepentant terrorist bill aires and his _hore wife bernadine. Unfortunately, they’re all like barnacles on the hull and interfere with the ship to run true.

Osama Obama, “familia yako” your kenian family is calling you. I here the Mog is looking for leadership…. or Venezuela perhaps. They have a sure fire voting system used by the previous leader Hugo; “Dominion”.

Last edited 2 months ago by macdog
PAF145
PAF145
2 months ago

Its always nice to be lectured by a trouser sagging traitor

nrringlee
nrringlee
2 months ago

Violent crime in all of its forms is a sign of cultural collapse. Those who don’t fear law and law enforcement and who act on impulse to feed greed are products of a culture that has failed to pass along a civil culture. Inner city America is one such culture. Inner city America is a product of progressive and leftist ideology and public policy. Advocating for more of the same is like pouring gas on a fire to put it out. But hubris blinds. obama and his gang are a classic example of that. Rome burns. The modern Nero fiddles.… Read more »

PMinFl
PMinFl
2 months ago
Reply to  nrringlee

Spot on, there is no law enforcement for some.

Red Falcon 1325
Red Falcon 1325
2 months ago

Why won’t this f’n disgrace ever go away?

AL
AL
2 months ago

He won’t go away as long as “Libtards” promote him. He’s too Narcissistic. The worst President/Activist ever!!

Joe
Joe
2 months ago

Maybe when he is put under the grass !!

nobodyuknow
nobodyuknow
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Joe . . . YUP!!!

ChootEm
ChootEm
2 months ago

Why can’t the Clintons and Obamas just go away and leave us all the heck alone?

Aa v Erage
Aa v Erage
2 months ago

Hey B.O. if you don’t like it give up your security detail and move to a different country.

Mort53
Mort53
2 months ago

It is too bad that someone did not introduce this traitorous POS to our good buddy Barrett.

Ltbdb
Ltbdb
2 months ago
Reply to  Mort53

You know better than to wish for a president to be assassinated. It could get you a visit from the Secret Service. Instead wish for him to get an incurable cancer or a stroke that leaves him lying in a bed drooling on himself. You know, a nice, slow, painful death or years trapped in a body that doesn’t work craping himself.

AL
AL
2 months ago
Reply to  Ltbdb

Or better yet, a loud voice in the forest with no one around to listen. Just ignore this loud mouth liar, activist, racist.

nod
nod
2 months ago
Reply to  AL

Not a forrest, I think a desert would be more appropriate Barrack.

PMinFl
PMinFl
2 months ago
Reply to  nod

On Marthas Vinyard?

StreetSweeper
StreetSweeper
2 months ago

The first 3 words of the title, “Obama Still Whining…” is all I needed to read.

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
2 months ago

Government is instituted by mankind to guarantee and further the RIGHTS and FREEDOMS given to mankind by the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, self defense, freedom of speech, freedom OF NOT FROM religion, to keep and bear arms, vote etc. When government becomes destructive of these ends it is in the right of the people to alter or abolish it and create new government. Strange how demoncrapic people tend to forget the declaration of indepence, the constitution and the bill of rights when they get into office. Obama bin laden is just another want to be… Read more »

WI Patriot
WI Patriot
2 months ago

He’ll always be whining, that’s all liberals know how to do…

freedom isnt cheap
freedom isnt cheap
2 months ago

POS,TOTAL POS

nod
nod
2 months ago

I think we would be doing Winfrey a disservice life she wasn’t on the TOTAL POS list.