On June 18—the day after the heinous attack on Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. Church—Obama surrendered on gun control, accepting the fact that the GOP-controlled House and Senate will not act to restrict the rights of over a hundred million law-abiding gun owners because of the actions of one individual with criminal intent.
According to The Washington Post (WaPo), Obama publicly reacted to the attack with a look of “anger,” followed by a look of “resignation” over the fact that more regulations will not be forthcoming.
His strongest words in the wake of the attack were, “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.” Yet he readily admitted that “politics in [Washington DC] foreclose a lot of those avenues right now.”
WaPo summed it up this way:
Obama’s repeated use of the phrase “at some point” and his acknowledgement that “politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now” are absolutely striking. This is the most powerful politician in the country acknowledging that he has little to no ability to effect a change he quite clearly believes needs to happen.
It is important to note that Obama’s claim that “this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries” comes after “restrictive” French gun control laws proved impotent to stop two illegally armed men from killing 12 in Paris on January 7. They also come after “restrictive” gun control laws in Copenhagen proved powerless against a February 15 shooter who took the lives of two and wounded five others.
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