A day after President Obama issued executive orders requiring background checks for gun show and online firearm purchases, Republicans are still reacting childishly and unreasonably. While the President only passed very mild measures meant to provide more resources to mental health experts and to potentially close the gun show loophole, something that is widely approved of by the American public, conservatives have already used his actions to demagogue on the issue, while simultaneously mocking the man for his emotional reaction to gun violence.
Following up his official statement on Obama’s announcement, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke to reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday. The former Vice-Presidential nominee reiterated his belief that the Commander-In-Chief’s actions were nothing but a distraction. However, unlike in his official response, Ryan this time explained what he thought Obama was trying to distract the American people from. (Emphasis added.)
“This is a distraction,” Ryan told the press. “The president clearly does not respect the Second Amendment rights for law-abiding Americans. I think it would be nice if he actually focused on defeating ISIS, on calling radical Islamic terrorism what it actually is instead of talking about how he can intimidate and frustrate the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens. We will look at all of our options, but we will not take this distraction for more than it is, a distraction.”
Just in case you were wondering, this whole common sense gun control thing, which Obama has been pushing for more than three years since the Sandy Hook tragedy, is all just a way to get people to not notice his unwillingness to say the magical words “radical Islamic terrorism.”
While most conservatives in media and Washington have railed against the moderate actions taken by the White House, some of the loudest voices on the right have actually pointed out that there is nothing to shout about here. Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, perhaps the President’s biggest critic, pilloried the NRA for opposing universal background checks, stating the “government has an obligation to enhance public safety.” Over on MSNBC, Joe Scarborough ripped his fellow Republicans for their “Pavlovian reaction” to Obama’s “modest” actions.
When JoeScar and Papa Bear are telling you to cool it, you know you’ve gone way off the reservation.