President Obama will be hosting a town hall meeting on gun control which will air in prime time on CNN this Thursday evening at 8 p.m. EST.
Obama will share the stage with Anderson Cooper in the program which will be titled “Guns in America”. It will air a day shy of the 5th anniversary of the Tucson shooting which claimed the lives of six people and injured 15 others including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. There’s no word if she will appear on the program.
The aim of the program will be to persuade the public to bring pressure to bear upon Congress to enact gun control measures. During his weekly address, Obama stated, “We know that we can’t stop every act of violence. But what if we tried to stop even one? What if Congress did something — anything — to protect our kids from gun violence?”
Of course, no act of Congress can stop a single shooting and Obama knows it. None of this will prevent Obama from claiming that Congress can wave a magic wand and yet another opportunity to villify the Republican Congress, GOP presidential candidates and law abiding gun owners in one fell swoop.
In the meantime, Obama will continue to enact executive orders which will no have no more effect in stopping gun violence than any legislation which Congress may pass. The only people who will be punished are law abiding gun owners who would never entertain the idea of harming a soul unless their life or that of their family was imminently threatened. It is a full fledged assault on the Second Amendment. This assault will be that much more vigorous should, heaven forbid, another mass shooting take place between now and the town hall meeting.
Obama will take questions from the audience. I wonder if any of those permitted to pose questions will dare express skepticism of his proposals and the philosophy behind them. I think this is highly unlikely unless Obama sees fit to make an example of such a person. This will likely backfire on Obama although CNN and mainstream media certainly won’t see it that way.
With Obama unable to brag about Obamacare or the Iran nuclear deal, this is (for lack of a better phrase) his last shot at cementing his legacy. Obama will continue this campaign with the State of the Union Address on January 12th and will likely hit the road afterwards for a series of campaign style speeches. The only thing this campaign will accomplish Obama once again falling in love with his own voice. A voice, mind you, that most Americans have wisely seen fit to tune out.
As with health care, Iran and numerous other matters, President Obama will find a way to make a bad situation even worse. This is the true legacy of his presidency.