April 17, 2013
You can read the whole arrogant and juvenile diatribe here, but here are some highlights…
WARNING: Not suitable for people who are easily made nauseous.
And a few minutes ago, 90 percent of Democrats in the Senate just voted for that idea. But it’s not going to happen because 90 percent of Republicans in the Senate just voted against that idea.A majority of senators voted “yes” to protecting more of our citizens with smarter [BOB: Read: 'unconstitutional / fascistic'] background checks. But by this continuing distortion of Senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward.…But instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. They claimed that it would create some sort of “big brother” gun registry, even though the bill did the opposite. This legislation, in fact, outlawed any registry. Plain and simple, right there in the text. But that didn’t matter.And unfortunately, this pattern of spreading untruths about this legislation served a purpose, because those lies upset an intense minority of gun owners, and that in turn intimidated a lot of senators. And I talked to several of these senators over the past few weeks, and they’re all good people. I know all of them were shocked by tragedies like Newtown. And I also understand that they come from states that are strongly pro-gun. And I have consistently said that there are regional differences when it comes to guns, and that both sides have to listen to each other.But the fact is most of these senators could not offer any good reason why we wouldn’t want to make it harder for criminals and those with severe mental illnesses to buy a gun. There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn’t do this. It came down to politics — the worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections. They worried that the gun lobby would spend a lot of money and paint them as anti-Second Amendment. [BOB: 'You're just a bunch of sissies! (makes faces)']And obviously, a lot of Republicans had that fear, but Democrats had that fear, too. And so they caved to the pressure, and they started looking for an excuse — any excuse — to vote “no.”One common argument I heard was that this legislation wouldn’t prevent all future massacres. And that’s true. As I said from the start, no single piece of legislation can stop every act of violence and evil. We learned that tragically just two days ago. But if action by Congress could have saved one person, one child, a few hundred, a few thousand — if it could have prevented those people from losing their lives to gun violence in the future while preserving our Second Amendment rights, we had an obligation to try.And this legislation met that test. And too many senators failed theirs.I’ve heard some say that blocking this step would be a victory. And my question is, a victory for who? A victory for what? [BOB: Ahhh...for The Constitution, Clyde] All that happened today was the preservation of the loophole that lets dangerous criminals buy guns without a background check. [BOB: You mean your pals in Chicago???] That didn’t make our kids safer. Victory for not doing something that 90 percent of Americans, 80 percent of Republicans, the vast majority of your constituents wanted to get done? It begs the question, who are we here to represent?I’ve heard folks say that having the families of victims lobby for this legislation was somehow misplaced. “A prop,” somebody called them. “Emotional blackmail,” some outlet said. Are they serious? [BOB: Usually one is serious when the Truth is on their side] Do we really think that thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by gun violence don’t have a right to weigh in on this issue? Do we think their emotions, their loss is not relevant to this debate? [stamps feet]So all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington. [BOB: How would you know about that Barry — you're shameless]But this effort is not over. I want to make it clear to the American people we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence, so long as the American people don’t give up on it. Even without Congress, my administration will keep doing everything it can to protect more of our communities. We’re going to address the barriers that prevent states from participating in the existing background check system. We’re going to give law enforcement more information about lost and stolen guns so it can do its job. We’re going to help to put in place emergency plans to protect our children in their schools. [BOB: In other words: 'I'm going to Executive Order as much of the Second Amendment out of existence as I can get away with (sticks tongue out)']But we can do more if Congress gets its act together. And if this Congress refuses to listen to the American people and pass common-sense gun legislation, then the real impact is going to have to come from the voters. [BOB: Sure, sure]…The point is those who care deeply about preventing more and more gun violence will have to be as passionate, and as organized, and as vocal as those who blocked these common-sense steps to help keep our kids safe. Ultimately, you outnumber those who argued the other way. But they’re better organized. They’re better financed. They’ve been at it longer. And they make sure to stay focused on this one issue during election time. [BOB: 'They're mean meanies! (tears fall down cheeks)] And that’s the reason why you can have something that 90 percent of Americans support and you can’t get it through the Senate or the House of Representatives.…I believe we’re going to be able to get this done. Sooner or later, we are going to get this right. The memories of these children demand it. And so do the American people. [Leaves podium; tells aid he wants Kai Penn up in the private quarters ASSAP]
Somebody call this clown a Goddamn Waaahmbulance, STAT!
To help restore your sanity, check out the takes of Jeff Goldstein and his commentators here.