Today, President Obama is going to announce sweeping, unilateral action against excessive and out of control gun ownership in the United States. He will do it by executive order, bypassing a congress he considers gridlocked because a majority there, in bipartisan fashion, disagree with him.
President Obama’s actions will require virtually anyone who sells a gun to be classified as a vendor who must perform a background check. He will make it more difficult to engage in private and online gun sales. He will get between a doctor and patient’s trust, allowing doctors to flag people considered by the doctor to be mentally ill. All these things, though easily reversible by the next President, and actually pretty small ball in the grand scheme of things, are necessary to accomplish what the GOP has been unable to do itself. All this he will do alone without even involving the GOP.
In the past few years, we have seen armed jihadists shoot up California and Tennessee. We have seen mentally ill people engage in shootings in other states. We have seen Christians gunned down in Oregon for professing their belief in Jesus. It seems like every week there is another mass shooting — as if they have escalated under Barack Obama. To be sure, gun violence in the United States is on the decline, but there has been an increase under Obama of jihadists shooting up the place and Barack Obama himself has said we cannot stop them all.
So the President is going to do what he can.
This is exactly what we needed. Conservatives and the Republican Party have been at each other’s throats for years now. We have gone into an election season against a deeply unpopular and corrupt old woman only to find ourselves in a circular firing squad. Many of the loudest voices in the Republican Primary want to burn the party down because they see no difference between the Democrats and Republicans.
Today, in Washington, at a time more and more Americans feel unsafe and feel like the President is doing nothing to make them safe, the President will finally reveal himself to be the gun grabber we have always known he was. At a time Americans fear for their safety and have increased gun purchases for personal protection, the President is going to make it more burdensome to get guns.
In the past seven years the President has often been able to divide Republicans against themselves. Today, he is uniting the GOP in ways they have not been before. He is showing there is a real difference between the parties. He is showing that he not only has no desire to keep American safe, but has every intention of preventing Americans from keeping themselves safe on their own initiative.
Thank you, Mr. President. We, the members of the Republican Party, have needed something like this to help unite us. Thank you.