Those Who Blame Obama For The Nation’s Epidemic Of Gun Violence Are Wrong

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The following is an editorial by PoliticusUSA co-publisher and managing editor Sarah Jones.

Here’s a thing that’s happening that makes no sense, except that it makes perfect sense.

In the understandable frustration resulting from yet another mass shooting due to our NRA Congre$$ and the loud, frothing fanatics who won’t allow anyone to even broach the subject of gun control laws, people have taken to blaming President Obama.

Piers Morgan wrote an excellent manifesto about how tired he was of it all, of the absurdity of it. And yet in one section he took aim at Obama, blaming him for doing nothing but biting his lip to look like he cared, when he “has done absolutely nothing to stop these atrocities happening.”

Only President Obama personally knew many of the South Carolina church shooting victims, so I’m pretty sure he cared. Probably more than Piers Morgan did, actually. There is no evidence to suggest that he doesn’t care, in fact, the opposite can be said. After the horrific, unthinkable mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, while our lawmakers blamed guns and Republicans took to arming schools so the NRA could make even more money, President Obama did all he could from his office, where laws are not made.

Obama issued a series of 23 executive actions to address the gun culture. Here’s what President Obama tried to do:

1. Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands;
2. Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and taking other common-sense steps to reduce gun violence;
3. Making schools safer
4. Increasing access to mental health services.

Obama took executive action where he could, over federal agencies. That is where the President’s power ends when it comes to implementing an agenda. Americans might wish to recall that Republicans threatened to impeach President Obama over this list of executive actions on gun safety.

So to blame Obama for any failure to change the laws is to lash out at one of the few people willing to take on the NRA. That’s not helping.

Obama’s actions did not change our gun culture or magically pass reasonable gun ownership laws for which the President advocated. That is because the President is not a lawmaker or King.

What else is Obama supposed to do? People want him to get angry and go on a rant about race and guns, but he is the first black president. Of course he can’t do that, even if it were in his nature, and it’s not. That’s not how he expresses anger. It’s not how he gets justice. Osama bin Laden can tell you that.

But even if it were, one of the things that comes with white, rich, male privilege is the idea that everyone has the same freedoms. They don’t. Hillary Clinton can’t be forceful without terrifying a good section of the country and Barack Obama can’t get angry without terrifying a good section of the country.

Welcome to the reality of being a minority.

Meanwhile the right wing media is attacking President Obama for calling for gun safety legislation in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting. They are calling him a Fascist and a sicko. They blame Obama for “politicizing” the terrorist attack on a black church.

If anyone other than the terrorist who pulled the trigger is to blame, it could be said that the right wing media that slobbers on cue for the NRA bears some culpability for their fear-mongering, outright lies, and constant stoking of white fear.

No, this isn’t President Obama’s fault and to even waste a moment on him as an easy target is to excuse those whose are actually at fault. Those who actually push for more and more guns, with no background checks — even for criminals.

We as a nation are sick right now. We are complacent. We have allowed the greedy, devouring demands of the NRA to matter more than life. We let children be slaughtered and did nothing. Now a church full of kind people who opened their hearts to a monster terrorist have been murdered. He even said that they were so nice to him but he killed them anyway.

This is who we are. We won’t pass gun regulations even after this. This is not Obama’s fault.

No president can change these facts; presidents don’t make laws. Congress does. And both chambers are run by Republicans, who would rather this whole country blew up than even debate a gun control law. We have only further empowered them to cater to the rich whites of the NRA.

Naturally we will blame the first black President for our failures. This is what we do. And we wonder then why the media won’t call Dylann Roof a terrorist and why they immediately call a black male victim a thug. Isn’t that what we are all doing?

I am most specifically sick of people blaming Obama because it does absolutely nothing to address the actual problem, except to let those actually responsible off of the hook. It is irresponsible and ignorant, and I’m fed up with the whinging screams of both. Grow up, America.

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30 Replies to “Those Who Blame Obama For The Nation’s Epidemic Of Gun Violence Are Wrong”

  1. Let us not forget the lesson of Cliven Bundy.

    He, and his supporters, wanted to be Martyrs for the Pro-Gun/Anti-Government (Obama’s government at least) crowd.
    All over unpaid grazing fees.

    So instead of pulling another Waco/Branch Davidian on them, instead he allowed them to stand guard in 100+ degree Nevada heat, eventually- they stood down voluntarily.

    Obama is not Clinton, inasmuch as he has to take care to insure that there will not be another Murrah Building Bombing tomorrow- all to assuage the justifiable outrage of today.

    Not every Gordian Knot can be solved with an Alexandrian Solution.

  2. I guess President Obama was there for Emmitt Till, James Byrd, the bombing of the church in Birmingham, The 3 civil rights workers in Miss , the 3,446 blacks who have been lynched, the race riots in Tulsa , Rosewood. You are a POS racist and you are the problem so take your white supremacy and shove it up your ass

  3. Take the profits out of owning a gun. Make it expensive to own one.

    Chris Rock made a joke ….he said to stop gun violence in the hood:

    1. Make the cost of one single bullet to be $500.00.

    How many brotha’s in the hood would be wasting $500.00 bullets; then how many mass shooters like this latest 21 year old racist would spend $500.00 per bullet? Imagine, this kook would have had to spend $4,500 for the 9 bullets he used to kill those 9 persons.
    A little far fetched, but….Hmmmmmm. ;)

  4. This is “normal” for the cowards who just love them some gun’s god and freedom! I’m waiting for Wayne LaPierre’ to go on Fox News and blame this on the victims for not being armed to the teeth and or because the church had no security. And you know damned good and well if even ONE of those people in that bible study group had a gun or they had security and would have even wounded Dylan Storm(front) Roof the Reich Wing media would be raising holy hell about some alleged “Black Panther association with the church. The NRA is responsible for EVERY MURDER by firearm in this nation and the Conservative Racist Reich Wing including FOX News is responsible for the rampant racism that poisons this nation. And Mario Sr…..Go [pollinate] yourself!

  5. Oh, knock it off with your lies already.

    A tragedy has occurred here, one that has occurred over and over again in this country, and it’s not Obama or Holder…it’s YOU and people like YOU who stick their damn heads in the sand and live in some alternate reality where truth never sees the light of day.

  6. Only in your tea bagger eyes. Roof is the product of people like you, teaching hate and violence. All of it because you cannot stand the thought of having a black president.

    There are many countries where there is a mixed population that do not have the mass killings such as we have here in this country. And it is because of people like you, that cannot let go of the hatred that was the cause of the civil war in this country.

    Try your propaganda on your KKK brothers, we, on this site, don’t want to hear your garbage.

  7. Cant edit my comment..Poison not poisin. And Mario SR. Go take a airborne fornication in a rotating deep fried dough ring!!!

  8. Perhaps we should take a cue from the “Pro-lifers’ and make access to guns and ammo as easy as access to abortions?

  9. We live in a country where a segment of Americans don’t trust the Government PERIOD. That is why we are a gun culture. Any talk of gun control is an interpretation of tyranny.

    This has been going on for over two centuries: Federalist and Anti-Federalist debating and arguing what the Constitution is all about.

  10. It sounds like a nice idea, but those of us in rural areas need, at a minimum, a varmint gun and a euthanasia gun — or two; one for small animals and one for large, if you have both. The worst emergencies always happen on a dark and stormy Friday night, when you can’t get a vet or a range officer.

  11. My ex built a dandy little flintlock pistol, also he made and loaded all kinds of ammunition…which he did in the house, while smoking. I moved him out. That’s why this isn’t Crater Lake, Florida.

  12. Obama’s part in the epidemic was being different and those who fear what’s different panicked and conveniently blamed Obama for it.

  13. Do not forget the GUN MANUFACTURERS. It is they who really profit off the carnage. The NRA/LaPierre are deflecting the incoming. Just as Glen Beck said he was a rodeo clown, meaning that he was protecting his masters so are the NRA/LaPierre protecting their masters.

    Not so long ago the majority of the public had never heard of the Koch brothers. The media sure didn’t report on them. But some knew them as Koctopus for years. Thanks to social media their name is not longer unknown. Eventually, social media will see to it that the gun manufacturers are revealed and they WILL receive the incoming.

  14. Mg:

    Brilliant!
    The Abortion clinic and the gun people could even share the space.

    And, after the cross examination and looking at the sonogram and listen to the doctor blah, blah

    If one could not get and abortion, at least could get a gun…

  15. If the founding fathers lived to see how the right wingers, and ammo eroticists have twisted and perverted the 2nd amendment they would call for its repeal.

  16. As a recent convert from the anti-gun position I have given up all hope of us ever being able to keep guns away from the nuts and crazies. We have never been able to prevent those that want a gun from getting a gun. I decided I wanted to be able to shoot back. Unfortunately the laws are so screwed up in many places making it impossible to legally carry a gun for self protection. Criminals and nutcases are willing to carry illegally. As a Vietnam Veteran I am morally able to protect myself and others should the need arise. Is this what we need to start doing?

    This country continues to elect local and national politicians that serve only in the interests of their financial supporters. The NRA has been very successful at this. The Koch brothers have followed this same methodology because it works. Pay for your politicians to agree with you and bury them financially when they don’t. This is also working for the the right wing extremists. Please stop voting for the haters.

  17. Um, the joke was actually make bullets worth $5000. That way, you know if you got riddled with bullets, you must of done something really wrong.

    ‘Damn! They put $50,000 worth of bullets in his ass!’

  18. Thanks, Mario, for your eloquent rebuttal – with such exquisite detailing buttressed by so many citations proving your points.

    Oh – wait …

  19. …honestly, everytime a Teatard/Teahadist/NeoConArtist opens thier mouth I expect them to project thier sins upon the rest o’ us…they’re anti-American, anti-Christian so they wanna point at everybody else; like all the HerBlock cartoons showing Nixon/Agnew with thier smear brushes behind their backs pointing at thier chosen targets…the NRA loves to call for guns EVERYWHERE, except NRA HQ…don’t need guns for them…get a rope!!! Won’t set off metal detectors, can make great gallows on the roof of NRA HQ…and will start getting the message across:We the People rule in THIS country…

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