Today President Obama showed he is willing to spend great political capital by making gun control the top priority of his second term. In introducing a comprehensive plan to curb America’s gun violence, Obama said, “[t]his time must be different.”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Monday that President Obama supports renewing the assault weapons ban but “there has been reluctance by Congress to pass that renewal.” I’d say it’s a bit more severe than “reluctance.” I would characterize it more along the lines of: congress has sold out to the gun lobby. Or maybe: The NRA is holding congress and the country hostage. But I guess those two characterizations might be a bit too extreme for the White House, even if I think some in the White House might agree.