You have to hand it to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. He may be the last liberal in the mainstream media with a higher regard for the ethics of journalism than for the Democrat Party. He’s let his fair share of whoppers slide, particularly during the whole Ferguson thing, but he was on his game Thursday night in a town hall event with President Obama. On numerous occasions, Cooper tried to prevent the highly-publicized event from turning into an Obama lovefest, and he largely succeeded in making the president look less than credible.
For his part, Obama was unconvincing in defending his executive actions on gun control, unable to even explain the exact nature of their effects. When cornered on specifics, he hedged time and again, retreating back to his usual safe zone of Well, if it stops even one…
No, sorry. Stopping just one death is not sufficient justification for executive overreach, and it certainly is not sufficient justification for violating the Second Amendment.
If there was a central theme to the evening, it was the evil of the gun lobby. “Part of the reason [Obama did not work with Congress on these gun restrictions] is that the NRA has convinced many of its members that somebody is going to come get your guns,” the president said. “If you listen to the rhetoric, it is so over the top, and so overheated.”
And the same can be said for your side, Mr. Obama. Perhaps the NRA is not responsible for this “overheated” rhetoric but is rather responding to your draconian and ignorant view of firearms. No wonder they refused to attend the meeting. Why would they want to be a part of this obvious attempt to demonize their contribution to American liberty?
Obama was caught flatfooted by Tara Kyle, the widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle. When Kyle asked him why his administration never emphasized the fact that criminal violence in America was actually at a 20-year low, Obama hemmed and hawed before explaining that some cities had not seen the same kind of drop-off. Which is true. Unfortunately for him, these cities are usually places with some of the strictest gun laws in the country.
Overall, it was the kind of fluff we’re used to seeing from this president, especially as it relates to guns. Some have questioned his sincerity when he tears up on this issue, but his emotions may well be genuine. After all, who wouldn’t shed a tear for those little children at Sandy Hook? In this case, though, that emotion makes him dangerous and irrational. It may be preventing him from seeing this issue objectively.
Whatever the case may be, his anti-gun zealotry is clear. And from all indications, Hillary Clinton’s may be even more extreme. These Democrats are trying to push us toward disarmament, no matter how much they roll their eyes and laugh at the idea. It isn’t funny and it isn’t ridiculous. It’s happening.