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State of the Union on Gun Control

Last night President Obama gave the State of the Union Address, the first of his second term in office. For those of you who missed it, here’s a recap on what the President had to say on gun control.

First off, the President committed a significant portion of his address to gun control, which should tell you all you need to know. I have alluded to this in the past - the President is upping his push for gun control. This is a fight the Democrats think they can win.

He started off, predictably, with Newtown. Keeping Newtown fresh in people’s minds is crucial for them to have any chance of getting enough votes for gun control to pass. He then moved on to more of his “common sense” rhetoric that we all know an love.

A new twist on an old favorite was when he referred to standard capacity magazines as “massive ammunition magazines”.

The rest of it was all more of the same – talk about tragedies and pretend that new laws will do anything to prevent them.

This is not over folks. If you thought the brainwashing was bad before, hang on, because I predict that the propaganda machine is just getting warmed up. Contact your Senators, Representative and the President today. Let them know, respectfully, that we will NOT stand for more gun control, in ANY form.

Partial Transcript

It has been two months since Newtown. I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform – like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun. Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned.

Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress. If you want to vote no, that’s your choice. But these proposals deserve a vote. Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun.

One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton. She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss. She was a majorette. She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house.

Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.

Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.

The families of Newtown deserve a vote.

The families of Aurora deserve a vote.

The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.

Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. Indeed, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges I’ve outlined tonight. But we were never sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can, to secure this nation, expand opportunity, and uphold our ideals through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary work of self-government.

We were sent here to look out for our fellow Americans the same way they look out for one another, every single day, usually without fanfare, all across this country. We should follow their example.

We should follow the example of a New York City nurse named Menchu Sanchez. When Hurricane Sandy plunged her hospital into darkness, her thoughts were not with how her own home was faring – they were with the twenty precious newborns in her care and the rescue plan she devised that kept them all safe.

We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When she arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. Hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line in support of her. Because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read “I Voted.”

We should follow the example of a police officer named Brian Murphy. When a gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and Brian was the first to arrive, he did not consider his own safety. He fought back until help arrived, and ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety of the Americans worshiping inside – even as he lay bleeding from twelve bullet wounds.

If you’re interested, you can read the entire transcript here.

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17 Responses to State of the Union on Gun Control

  1. V February 13, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    no mention of Chicago needing a vote?!

  2. dsdm February 13, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Funny, why Auroa didn’t deserve a vote before the elections?

  3. Gregg February 13, 2013 at 10:07 am #


  4. Matthew February 13, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    We should follow the example of a CO doctor who saved 50 people by covering a door, with his firearm, while those individuals escaped harms way.

    We should follow the example of a TX home owner who used his shotgun to hold a burgler at gun-point until the police arrived to arrest the would-be robber.

    We should follow the example of Clint Lowery, a WA home-owner, who held a would-be home invader at gun point until police arrived. Clint kept his fiancee and 2 year old daughter safe and assisted the police in removing a criminal from the streets of WA.

    I could go on, but those three speak volumes.

    • Tamara February 13, 2013 at 11:12 am #


  5. Eric Radosevich February 13, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    No mention of Chris Kyle either, or the countless others who sacrifice their lives everyday..

    • Dr. L. February 13, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      Who, himself was a victim of gun violence.

      • Frank Sharpe February 13, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

        No. He was the victim of human violence. Shot, stabbed, hit, blown up, poisoned or run over with a car, it matters not. He was MURDERED by another human being, not a gun.

  6. Dwain Smith February 13, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    I think this little girl deserves a vote

    11 YR OLD SHOOTS ILLEGALS thanks FOX NEWS for reporting it.BUTTE , MONTANAShotgun preteen vs. Illegal alien Home Invaders…Two illegal aliens, Ralphel Resindez, 23, and Enrico Garza, 26, probably believed they would easily overpower home-alone 11-year-old Patricia Harrington after her father had left their two-story home. It seems the two crooks never learned two things: they were in Montana and Patricia had been a clay-shooting champion since she was nine.Patricia was in her upstairs room when the two men broke through the front door of the house. She quickly ran to her father’s room and grabbed his 12-gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun. Resindez was the first to get up to the second floor only to be the first to catch a near point blank blast of buckshot from the 11-year-old’s knee-crouch aim. He suffered fatal wounds to his abdomen and genitals.When Garza ran to the foot of the stairs, he took a blast to the left shoulder and staggered out into the …street where he bled to death before medical help could arrive. It was found out later that Resindez was armed with a stolen 45-caliber handgun he took from another home invasion robbery. That victim, 50-year-old David 0’Burien, was not so lucky. He died from stab wounds to the chest.Ever wonder why good stuff never makes NBC, CBS, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, or ABC news……..? An 11 year old girl, properly trained, defended her home, and herself……against two murderous, illegal immigrants…….and she wins. She is still alive. Now THAT is Gun Control!Thought for the day…. Calling an illegal alien an ‘undocumented immigrant’ is like calling a drug dealer an ‘unlicensed pharmacist.’I like this kind of e-mail! American citizens defending themselves and their homes

    • Steve February 13, 2013 at 11:45 am #

      This is a fake story never happened.

      • Greg Toal February 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

        How so?

      • Tim February 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

        Really? I could have sworn I read about her somewhere else.

        • Frank Sharpe February 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

          It’s 100% BS. Been making the email rounds for years, but there has NEVER been an actual news or police report documenting it.

  7. Camo February 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    It’s sad that so many people in this country even listen to this BS . You can not vote against the Constitution. Period. It’s an agenda to disarm America one step at a time. Any rights that are lost will never be re-gained ! ! !

  8. missy February 14, 2013 at 4:10 am #

    First of all why are you afraid of gun legislation coming to a vote. You all botched about executive order but now that he wants gun legislation coming to a vote you all still complain. hmm . No one wants to disarm AMERICA period. Regulated it yes, disarming no!!!!

    • Brandon February 14, 2013 at 5:57 am #

      You are so naive Missy.

    • Gale February 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

      What exactly is your definition of “disarm,” ma’am? Here is what google has to say on the matter: “Take a weapon or weapons away from (a person, force, or country).” Now if we take a look on over at the laws just passed in New York not too long ago, we can see that the people are indeed having their weapons taken away if they don’t meet the standards set forth by these laws for personal defense.