I’m sorry about the flurry of gun control posts on the blog during the last 45 days, but I just can not let stand the outright lies and distortions coming from politicians and talking-heads who tweak their message to appeal to the emotional side of the low-information voter.
Yes, it can get worse. We’ve been talking about low-information voters out there for months, but when you target the emotional side of this crowd, it’s extremely difficult for them to even hear any other argument. President Obama is playing to this crowd. He knows most law enforcement officers and agencies are not “outgunned” but uses the word anyway. He knows semi-automatic rifles are not “massive weapons of war” but still uses the phrase anyway. He’s manipulating people.
When calling for a vote in Congress during the State of the Union Address last night, Obama said…
It has been two months since Newtown. I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform – like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun. Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned.
So senators are working on tough new laws to prevent firearm resale to criminals? Great, thanks folks … it’s already pretty much against the law and would not have stopped even one of the shootings the president referenced last night. AWR Hawkins at Big Government…
These descriptions are problematic, considering that the “massive magazines” are simply those that hold more than 10 rounds. Obama suggested multiple times that 10 roundsought to be the legal cutoff.
So now 11- and 12-round magazines are “massive,” and “assault rifles” are “weapons of war.”
And as I’ve written in other posts, deaths involving “assault rifles” constituted less than .012 percent of all [firearm] deaths in America in 2011. Obama’s war-mongering hyperbole simply doesn’t fit.
Of course, if you’re speaking to the emotional side of the low-information voter who chooses not to even question what makes a “high-capacity” magazine high-capacity or make even a weak attempt at understanding the difference between a semi-automatic firearm and a select-fire firearm, this hyperbole works perfectly.