Obama “fired up” and has town hall on guns scheduled for Thursday

posted at 9:21 am on January 4, 2016 by Taylor Millard

President Barack Obama is going to be holding a prime-time town hall meeting this week on CNN to discuss guns. Deadline has what scant details there are on what’s going to happen Thursday night.

In a move that is certain to stir things up as the political new year unfolds, President Obama will lead a televised town hall Thursday to address tightening restrictions on access to guns. Obama will sit down with Anderson Cooper on CNN at 8 p.m. ET for the one-hour event titled “Guns in America,” which coincides with the fifth anniversary, next Friday, of the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, in a mass shooting that left six dead and 13 others wounded.

Obama will also take questions from the audience. The President has repeatedly expressed his frustration with Congress’ unwillingness to pass new gun laws and has frequently spoken out about increased gun control in the wake of mass shootings.

I can hardly contain my excitement about the event (note sarcasm). It wouldn’t be surprising if those questions from the audience get heavily vetted before they’re asked, even though there will be at least one or two, “I own a gun, why should I be worried?” or “I’m a hunter, are you going to take away my guns” questions asked. The President will probably explain he isn’t interested in going after “law-abiding citizens,” but when the la-sorry-executive actions actually target those “law-abiding citizens” how can they be trusted? This isn’t stopping Obama from trying to play on the emotional strings of everyday Americans. His latest attempt happened in his weekly address.

Since then, tens of thousands of our fellow Americans have been mowed down by gun violence. Tens of thousands. Each time, we’re told that commonsense reforms like background checks might not have stopped the last massacre, or the one before that, so we shouldn’t do anything.

We know that we can’t stop every act of violence. But what if we tried to stop even one? What if Congress did something – anything – to protect our kids from gun violence?

This is the problem with the “do something” caucus, which tends to be filled with all sorts of political stripes depending on the issue. But it also ignores the facts when it comes to people buying firearms, especially those who used them in mass shootings or terrorist attacks. The San Bernardino terrorists legally purchased firearms from a dealer, and had a relative buy the semi-automatic rifles used in the attack from a dealer. The latter is illegal under the law and there’s no way to actually track where a gun goes, unless “Big Brother” should be able to track every gun (it shouldn’t). The Aurora guns were bought legally from dealerships, and the Sandy Hook guns were stolen from the shooter’s mom. The only time it appears a gun bought from a “private seller” at a gunshow was then used in a mass shooting was in the 1999 Columbine shooting. So the Left’s idea of, “oh we have to do something,” is washed out by the facts. But this isn’t going to stop them from trying to get something done, because facts don’t mean anything when it comes to agendas. The emotional, heart-wrenching pictures of children dead, funerals, and people crying will always outweigh the facts. It’s easy to sit there and yell, “Do something!” instead of realizing people who really want to do something, will find a way to do it.

But that’s not going to stop the President and his allies from pushing the narrative of something has to be done. Obama meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch today on what “our options” (his words) are when it comes to gun control. He’ll probably leak some details of what the plan is during Thursday’s town hall. The question the President should be asked, but probably won’t, is this: “Mr. President, why do you want to pass a law or do action you think will prevent mass shootings, when almost all of the firearms used in mass shootings are legally purchased?” That question will then force Obama to explain why he wants a useless law or action to pass. This is probably why Obama doesn’t want this question to be asked at all. He’ll either have to dodge the question or admit what he wants done won’t work. This forces the President and the Left to actually go to the “next step” in their push, whatever that may be. If it’s a gun-free society, as Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt and Vox writer German Lopez suggested last October, then let them own that. Once an elected politician goes there, then the real fight is on. It’s probably going to get there at some point, so the time to start preparing for that argument is now. This means finding better strategies than “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun ” and pointing out actually situations where that happened (Kristina Ribali wrote about her experience here at Hot Air). It’s not going to stop the Left’s rhetoric, especially those who want all guns banned, but pointing out the “good guy” stories will do more than any actual quote will do. It’s the only way to win this fight over guns and what America’s future is as a nation that has the Second Amendment in the Constitution.


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Will the Hillary plant children be there with their concerns?

artist on January 4, 2016 at 9:22 AM

Obama lies, sells lies, uses lies, leader of lies, lust for lies, is a lie.

Climate Change, worlds most evil, largest lie,, so that Obama supports this lie is no surprise at all.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2016 at 9:25 AM

Did he used the term “fired up” in reference to Oregon?

Joseph K on January 4, 2016 at 9:26 AM

This isn’t stopping Obama from trying to play on the emotional strings of everyday Americans

…Left-Tardation can ONLY play on emotions since it has no basis in reality…expect fake Roman columns and unicorns…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 4, 2016 at 9:27 AM

Obama will lie.

Commie News Network will puke the lies out to U S All on cue.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2016 at 9:27 AM

Yeah, a “Town Hall”… on CNN! Gimme a break.

bernzright777 on January 4, 2016 at 9:28 AM

Remember that time back in high school when you asked your parents for permission to go to the party at a friend’s house, only to be told “no” because your older brother once went to a party and got drunk? Well, that’s what this is. You will be punished for the actions of someone else.

dolfan on January 4, 2016 at 9:28 AM

A foundation of lies will fail.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2016 at 9:29 AM

Bring it, you little b*tch.

Pork-Chop on January 4, 2016 at 9:29 AM

oops

This foundation of lies has failed.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2016 at 9:30 AM

It’s the only way to win this fight over guns and what America’s future is as a nation that has the Second Amendment in the Constitution.

Really, no.

The 2nd amendment is the law of the land. The burden is on those who want to repeal it or restrict it to show why doing so would be a good idea.

☞ The areas with the highest gun deaths also tend to have the highest level of gun control.
☞ While gun deaths are dropping, increasing gun control hasn’t lower gun deaths anymore than not increasing gun control has.

Given those two bullet points, I’m not seeing a strong case for gun control.

Magicjava on January 4, 2016 at 9:30 AM

I am a complete loss on why Obama wants to make this election about guns. He has to know or have been told it is a losing proposition for Democrats.

He can do all of the EO things he wants to but they can be cancelled by the next President on day one.

Johnnyreb on January 4, 2016 at 9:31 AM

Hey OBAMA, why don’t you clean up your own damned “hood” in Chicago before you go speechifyin’ against lawful gun owners?

/FUBO

Key West Reader on January 4, 2016 at 9:31 AM

This is probably why Obama doesn’t want this question to be asked at all. He’ll either have to dodge the question or admit what he wants done won’t work.

…again, Left-Tardation has no basis in reality…we’ve been exposed to this for 7 years…still waiting for my $2500 savings in healthcare costs…

This forces the President and the Left to actually go to the “next step” in their push, whatever that may be

…we all know the little POS lies through his teeth, and we all know the Left wants to completely disarm Americans…

…so he’s left with trying to spin this in such a way as to NOT affect the 2016 election…good luck with that…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 4, 2016 at 9:32 AM

Obama “fired wee-wee’d up” and has town hall epic fail on guns scheduled for Thursday.

FIFY.

Joe Mama on January 4, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Let him waste as much time on this as possible. Then, maybe he won’t have time to do any more damage to the country.

cajunpatriot on January 4, 2016 at 9:38 AM

I see this event as a good things. There are many ways Obama would like to destroy America. It is happy for us that Obama is willing to squander his remaining time in office by reminding Americans why they are glad they have a Second Amendment.

thuja on January 4, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Start buying ammo with cash only.

Kissmygrits on January 4, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Obama will start with the low hanging fruit:

– No guns sales to those on the “suspect terror lists”
– Attempt to stem gun show sales

He will start with “meh” initiatives – and then over the course of the year – ramp up

jake-the-goose on January 4, 2016 at 9:41 AM

While the ME burns, Bubble Boy is screaming GUN CONTROL i.e., the government control of law-abiding Americans exercising the 2nd Amendment rights. Requiring individuals to do background check on private sales (or gifts) of their private property is just another step toward confiscation.

vnvet on January 4, 2016 at 9:41 AM

A prime time slot to lie to the American public, just like with Obamacare and everything else pushed by the left.

darwin on January 4, 2016 at 9:41 AM

Obama will also take questions from the audience.

No. Obama will respond to carefully planted questioners in an audience made up entirely of those opposed to the Second Amendment. Throw in a dishonest crap weasel like Anderson Cooper and you’ve got all the makings of a well-produced infomercial.

Wasn’t the Sham-Wow guy available?

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2016 at 9:41 AM

This sissy pants is WAYYYY out of his league on this issue. He should be locked in a closet with a sippy cup and some choom and stay out of the limelight.

Do it for Hillary, Barack.

Key West Reader on January 4, 2016 at 9:43 AM

Wasn’t the Sham-Wow guy available?

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2016 at 9:41 AM

He is dead.

Johnnyreb on January 4, 2016 at 9:44 AM

@HappyNomad 9:41am

I thought Obama was the SHAM WOW guy?

Oh, wait… the other SHAM WOW guy got arrested for beating up a hooker. Obama SHAM WOW guy continues merrily apace.

Key West Reader on January 4, 2016 at 9:45 AM

The REAL sham Wow girl

Heh

Key West Reader on January 4, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Wasn’t the Sham-Wow guy available?

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2016 at 9:41 AM

He is dead.

Johnnyreb on January 4, 2016 at 9:44 AM

No, you’re thinking of Billy Mays (the OxiClean guy) not Vince (the Sham Wow guy).

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2016 at 9:49 AM

Pretty soon he will be calling for stores to report ammo puchases so they can be cross checked with the guns registered ( plus saved background checks) with that person.

Thinking on what is going on in the World, doing my taxes and thinking on how they are being wasted, this crap,what a great/s seven years it’s been.

Maybe Paul or Mitch will stand up against this. I know …. I’m not holding my breath.

Whiterock on January 4, 2016 at 9:50 AM

How many fake NRA members will be in the audience.

“Hi, Rush. Lifelong Republican NRA member, but the right gun nuts has gone too far.”

NotCoach on January 4, 2016 at 9:51 AM

So now private gun owners won’t be able to sell to each other without background checks. Obama’s got to stop guns from flying around, right? Gotta keep people from moving around too, so let’s get rid of ranchers and force people to move back to the cities.

fossten on January 4, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Maybe Paul or Mitch will stand up against this. I know …. I’m not holding my breath.

Whiterock on January 4, 2016 at 9:50 AM

Paul and Mitch are just as terrified of an armed citizenry as Barry is.

And just as useless.

CurtZHP on January 4, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Hmm … a “town hall”, eh? Why is that necessary? Whip out the pen, champ, and do it.

Or do we need to fire up the mob for something extra-special unconstitutional?

Personally, I look forward to outlaw status.

M240H on January 4, 2016 at 9:53 AM

“Hold my beer, I’m gonna go ‘do something’ about guns”

forest on January 4, 2016 at 9:56 AM

A real town hall would have attendees in the crowd that are in opposition, that would be permitted questions.

This is nothing other than the JEF going to the Ministry of Propaganda Channel, a.k.a. CNN, to promote his decree. Panderson Pooper will assist.

Sting on January 4, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Why does Obama get more angry at US citizens then he does at Muslim jihadists? Quick someone tell him Muslims are really Republicans with turbans. He’ll wipe’em out in New York minute!

Herb on January 4, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Why does Obama get more angry at US citizens then he does at Muslim jihadists? Quick someone tell him Muslims are really Republicans with turbans. He’ll wipe’em out in New York minute!

Herb on January 4, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Follow the money. The same people funding these terrorist groups are also funding the democratic party. Saudi Arabia.

Magicjava on January 4, 2016 at 10:09 AM

Its strange how obama didn’t mention the ME specially the Iranian/Saudi fight. This could easily tip off into a major war and that idiot is worried about “gun”? Oh how I hate this man,,,, his cockiness and pride just drive me up the wall. The worst thing is if hillary wins it will only get worse.

garydt on January 4, 2016 at 10:14 AM

Oh what I wouldn’t give to ask him a question at that town hall.

“Mr President. Given that early in your administration you walked firearms to Mexican drug lords, are you relieved or dismayed that the guns used were not from Operation Fast and Furious?”

clement on January 4, 2016 at 10:14 AM

Let’s celebrate Obama’s Town Hall event by purchasing at least one more firearm and ten boxes of ammo.

fogw on January 4, 2016 at 10:14 AM

“Hold my beer, I’m gonna go ‘do something’ about guns”

forest on January 4, 2016 at 9:56 AM

And that right there is generally the point in deer camp at which Clyde gets the beer shot out of his hand.

Good God Almighty, can you imagine how dead-weight useless Barry would be in deer camp?

M240H on January 4, 2016 at 10:16 AM

So when is Barry The Magnificent going to do something about the economy.

yeah, yeah, I know ……

dissent555 on January 4, 2016 at 10:18 AM

Let’s celebrate Obama’s Town Hall event by purchasing at least one more firearm and ten boxes of ammo.

fogw on January 4, 2016 at 10:14 AM

Way ahead of ya, pardner. Just ordered a 6.8 SPC upper.

fossten on January 4, 2016 at 10:19 AM

I no longer listen to lectures from baby killers

crosshugger on January 4, 2016 at 10:22 AM

Obama will sit down with Anderson Cooper on CNN at 8 p.m. ET for the one-hour event titled “Guns in America,”

Reggie Love will be jealous.

Cleombrotus on January 4, 2016 at 10:23 AM

His orders are unlawful, will not obey….

crosshugger on January 4, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Way ahead of ya, pardner. Just ordered a 6.8 SPC upper.

fossten on January 4, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Given your lack of mental stability, I hope you are making those purchases in the name of your cat or something. You will undoubtedly be on the list when the gun-grabbing begins.

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2016 at 10:28 AM

CNN, completely in the tank once again. Gun sales are going to climb even higher.

jnelchef on January 4, 2016 at 10:29 AM

I no longer listen to lectures from baby killers
crosshugger on January 4, 2016 at 10:22 AM

Pretty sick, isn’t it, when the most influential people in the country seem to be baby killers and sexual deviants.

Cleombrotus on January 4, 2016 at 10:30 AM

..kissmygrits, fogw, fossten, et al,

Two words: RE LOAD.

Love

-T.W.P.

The War Planner on January 4, 2016 at 10:34 AM

Given your lack of mental stability, I hope you are making those purchases in the name of your cat or something. You will undoubtedly be on the list when the gun-grabbing begins.

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2016 at 10:28 AM

Uppers don’t require paperwork – it’s all good. Hopefully the lower it mates to was from an 80% build, or purchased privately.

Hill60 on January 4, 2016 at 10:38 AM

Let’s celebrate Obama’s Town Hall event by purchasing at least one more firearm and ten boxes of ammo.

fogw on January 4, 2016 at 10:14 AM

As much as I’d like to, I bought a lot before Christmas – and promptly lost it all through the hole ice fishing with Bishop.
Dang – it’s not just his boat ya gotta worry about……

dentarthurdent on January 4, 2016 at 10:40 AM

The War Planner on January 4, 2016 at 10:34 AM

yup! Just bought another 5k of SR primers and 8 lbs. of H335.

Hill60 on January 4, 2016 at 10:41 AM

Obama will also take questions from the [carefully selected] audience.

This president is anything except presidential.

sadatoni on January 4, 2016 at 10:44 AM

Uh, you don’t have to argue why there shouldn’t be a ban on guns. There’s that pesky 2nd amendment. If progressives want to ban guns, then get busy with a constitutional amendment to remove the right to bear arms.

The burden is on them, not us.

deadrody on January 4, 2016 at 10:47 AM

He is dead.

Johnnyreb on January 4, 2016 at 9:44 AM

I don’t think so. Billy Mays, another infomercial guy is dead but as far as I know Vince Shlomi, The Shamwow Guy is still alive.

Oldnuke on January 4, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Do it for Hillary, Barack.

Key West Reader on January 4, 2016 at 9:43 AM

He hates the Clintons. Probably why he’s doing this, to torpedo Hill’s run to the White House. Remember he used to have to fetch Bill’s drinks and I think he holds a grudge over that.

Oldnuke on January 4, 2016 at 11:33 AM

I look forward to the hour long townhall that CNN will air in rebuttal to the president’s gun grabbing propaganda. I think it should be hosted by Kurt Russell.

tommer74 on January 4, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Something I would like to ask Obama and the leftists:

First, let me note that I know this is a clearly unconstitutional proposal, but the left has been saying that a 200 year old peace of paper is not nearly as important as “doing something” is.

So, since what Obama is proposing would not have stopped any of the shootings, how about something that WOULD have stopped a huge number of the shootings in America the last several years: Let’s make it a felony for any Black Male to own a gun, and make it a felony for anyone to provide a Black Male with a gun.

Why not? (besides those pesky 13, 14, and 15th amendments) It certainly would impact the shootings in places like Baltimore, Chicago, and Detroit. Isn’t it worth it if even one child’s life is saved?

Why not, Obama? Unlike your plan, this one would work.

Tom Servo on January 4, 2016 at 11:40 AM

The question the President should be asked, but probably won’t, is this: “Mr. President, why do you want to pass a law or do action you think will prevent mass shootings, when almost all of the firearms used in mass shootings are legally purchased?”

Why would he be afraid of this? Because his answer could then be “well, then maybe we should make those sorts of purchases not legal, hmmm?” He would LOVE to be given that sort of opening.

GWB on January 4, 2016 at 12:05 PM

Tom Servo on January 4, 2016 at 11:40 AM

The sad part is that the left doesn’t even realize that very thing is why the NRA exists: to ensure blacks had 2nd Amendment rights, too.

GWB on January 4, 2016 at 12:08 PM

I am a complete loss on why Obama wants to make this election about guns. He has to know or have been told it is a losing proposition for Democrats.

He can do all of the EO things he wants to but they can be cancelled by the next President on day one.

Johnnyreb on January 4, 2016 at 9:31 AM

This is the question. He’s not stupid and has a history of getting pretty much what he wants; he is a master of deception. Since he can’t achieve a gun free society in the next 12 months, we have to look beyond that for his real objective. What is it? Civil unrest? A distraction from something else?

BigBillski on January 4, 2016 at 12:37 PM

If you saw his mug this past weekend, in his address, you know he’s a sick dog, physically and mentally.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2016 at 12:58 PM

The Left never worries about “facts”.

GarandFan on January 4, 2016 at 1:15 PM

President Obama will lead a televised town hall Thursday to address tightening restrictions on access to guns. Obama will sit down with Anderson Cooper on CNN at 8 p.m. ET for the one-hour event titled “Guns in America,” which coincides with the fifth anniversary, next Friday, of the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, in a mass shooting that left six dead and 13 others wounded.

Remember when the media at least pretended to be neutral?

Can you get a more naked example of collusion between the president and the media?

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 4, 2016 at 2:04 PM

He said nothing but “I have the legal authority”.

Guess it’s important to get that lie out there right up front. Gotta soften up the media for when he shows up with some substance.

Oxymoron on January 4, 2016 at 3:20 PM

Remember that time back in high school when you asked your parents for permission to go to the party at a friend’s house, only to be told “no” because your older brother once went to a party and got drunk? Well, that’s what this is. You will be punished for the actions of someone else.

dolfan on January 4, 2016 at 9:28 AM

Otherwise known as the ‘one person craps their pants, everybody has to wear diapers’ method.

James on January 4, 2016 at 5:06 PM