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Obama calling for more gun control

And here we go.  My head hurt after reading this due to the number of skewed facts, faulty premises, misleading statements, etc.  Heck, by the third sentence we get this gem that leaves you wondering, "What planet is he on?"

"And in the attack's turbulent wake, Americans by and large rightly refrained from finger-pointing, assigning blame or playing politics with other people's pain."

This from the guy that led all the finger pointers.  Standard Alinsky blather...how dare you oppose it when it's in the Tucson paper.  Think about the children.  Unfit for Army service.  "Reasonable" laws.  Surely if you have a problem with this, you have a problem with America, right?

http://azstarnet.com/article_011e7118-8951-5206-a878-39bfbc9dc89d.html

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Well I figured something like

Well I figured something like this was on the way, after all his plan with the US guns in Mexico seems to have gone up in smoke.Wonder howmuch it;s going to cost to cover up how high that plan went.

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Thanks for posting the link,

Thanks for posting the link, I missed this one.  Here is the NRA's response:

http://www.nraila.org/pdfs/obamaletter314.pdf

I'm not sure what to make of the President's letter.  His introduction seems to suggest a much wider "scope" of gun reform, but then his three bullet points (pun intended) boil down to just better enforcement of existing laws, which tends to be the NRA's position.  Its like it started out a grander letter, then got scaled way back.

I'm not sure what he means by "rewarding states" that provide the best data.  Presumably he wants state courts to be more diligent about forwarding records to the FBI about individuals that have been adjudicated mentally defective, which current law allows, the NRA endorsed, and is on the 4473 form to purchase a gun from a dealer.  Not sure why they should be "awarded" for something that is already a part of the job description.  How would you even determine who was "best"?  I haven't read anything that would suggest Loughner would have been denied a gun purchase on these grounds.

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Obama calling for more gun control

It's how he operates, Bit.  He crafts his statements to be deliberately vague and open to multiple interpretations.  If you know Saul Alinsky, you know Obama's playbook because it's the community organizer bible.  It's classic divide and conquer.  Word your position so that it will sound both threatening and appealing to both sides.  Let them fight it out between themselves, and as they do you can shape the debate by adding clarification or obfuscation as needed to strengthen or weaken sides.

The man has done this since Day One.  Haven't you noticed that on big issues, he always preps the battlefield by "leaking" contradictory positions?  Word will come out that he's thinking of doing "X", which would appeal to one side...and then when the other comes unglued a story comes out that says the story about "X" was wrong...he's really heading toward "Y" (which favors the other side).  Then a day or two later it moves back toward "X."  Meanwhile, the talking heads argue and speculate.  This way, he can stand on the sidelines and let others do the grunt work while he tweaks and develops his position to take advantage.  In other words, he releases something that pits right and left against each other as a dry run for the actual legislative debate.  By the time he goes to Congress, he already knows what all the arguments are and how to defeat them.  Along the way, he's also used up the public's attention span because it's already made up its mind.

He's an Alinsky black belt -- a bomb thrower.  He gets things done not by unifying and leading, but by dividing and confusing. 

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I had not heard of Alinsky,

I had not heard of Alinsky, although you have mentioned him previously.  I looked him up and read about him a bit this evening.  Books like "Rules for Radicals" doesn't sound like my kind of bed time story, although his writing definitely sounds influential in certain circle.

Anyway I take the President's jumping around on the issues (oh now the 2nd amendment is an individual right, you don't say!) to his lack of political and leadership experience.  I think this third year has been coming at him hard and fast (middle east, continuing high unemployment, what to do about fannie/freddie, lefties screaming about nuclear power safety, AZ shootings, possible repeal of his signature health care, public unions under fire, soaring federal debt) and he wants to focus on a signature issue (like gun control) but serious world and national issues keep cropping up like that whack-a-mole game.  Unlike 3 years ago you can't sing a song about "change" and make enough people happy with your rhetoric.

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Obama calling for more gun control

Here's a primer on Alinsky -- it's been the liberal bible since 1971.  The Clintons were the first to bring Alinsky to the White House, and Obama is basically a PhD in it.  Pay particular attention to the list of rules.  If you've ever debated a liberal or watched public debate, the list should create a serious sense of deja vu.  The interesting thing is that if you use Alinsky's tactics against them, they positively come unglued.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1420684/posts

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A few of the rules seem

A few of the rules seem concrete, but several are pretty vague.  However taken as a whole, its political warfare tactics, to win your way.  Unfortunately this model of political progress is probably partially responsible for why a lot of people in the U.S. have moved to the margins politically (left or right, leaving few in the middle to actually hammer out a solution if at all).

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A good crisis...

Ive said before I didnt think Obama would take on the NRA while he was still electable. This however (as Expat has pointed out) is right from the left wing rule book of political warfare. "never let a good crisis go to waste". He possibly upped his timetable. We shall see. I actually hope he has as this will give the NRA a much needed stick with which to beat him at election time.  

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