Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Obama Gets An F on Gun Control

In 2010, the Brady Campaign gave President Barack Obama an F grade on gun control. The Brady Campaign correctly states that Obama has done nothing to prevent gun violence.

Washington, DC - In his first year as President, Barack Obama’s continuing concessions to the “guns anywhere” mentality of the gun lobby and lack of leadership for common-sense gun laws has earned him a grade of “F” from the nation’s leading group fighting to prevent gun violence.

President Obama signed legislation letting people carry concealed weapons in national parks and in checked luggage on Amtrak trains, adopted the gun lobby’s empty rhetoric about just “enforcing the laws on the books,” muzzled Cabinet members who expressed any support for stronger gun laws and failed to appoint permanent leadership at the agency that polices the gun industry. This White House even voiced no objection to people carrying guns near Presidential events.

His White House staff removed statements from the White House website that declared support for gun violence prevention laws. His spokesman repeatedly refused to express support for any proposed legislation to strengthen gun laws. And President Obama and the White House staff avoided any mention of guns after horrific, high-profile shootings and the anniversaries of historic shooting tragedies.

For these reasons, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence today released a report on President Obama’s performance, President Obama’s First Year: Failed Leadership, Lost Lives: http://www.bradycampaign.org/xshare/reports/fedleg/obama-1styear-report.pdf.

The organization gives the President an “F.”

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