MEGHAN MCCAIN: Biden’s gun control speech another tired recitation of same old talking points

MEGHAN MCCAIN: Biden’s gun control speech another tired recitation of same old talking points

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Our country is in turmoil. There is palpable anxiety and fear over when — not if — the next mass shooting or, God forbid, school shooting will occur.

There is no rational person who feels this is okay — that this is somehow the tradeoff that Americans must endure if they want to live in society free of senseless tragedy while retaining their Second Amendment rights.

No matter what pundits on television and Twitter tell you, there is no rational Republican who thinks that the murder of innocent children and civilians is anything other than an abject tragedy.

But for a myriad of reason, America has not been able to move forward on this difficult and divisive issue. It is obvious that we are in desperate need of leadership.

Unfortunately, in his prime-time address on gun violence and mass shootings on Thursday night, President Joe Biden failed – yet again — to deliver.

Out of respect for the victims and their families, I have never felt right discussing my politics in the immediate wake of shootings, but I feel that it is now necessary to raise my voice, as the debate – yet again – spirals out-of-control.

The mainstream media always finds it easier and more convenient to paint all gun owners with a broad brush after maniacs go on killing sprees.

The reality is that people who abide by gun laws, use firearms safely and responsibly, and keep guns in their homes for personal protection don’t matter to the talking heads in moments like these.

Why the president thinks that he can bring that country together on this issue is a mystery to me. Honestly, I think this lifelong political animal just couldn’t resist the limelight.

Time and again they resort to a caustic and visceral reaction. They scream at Second Amendment supporters to DO SOMETHING! DO SOMETHING!

The critics and the politicians who echo them act as if there is a simple answer that we have all somehow been avoiding. Deep down, however, the ugly truth is there is nothing simple about this problem and there is no simple solution.

Biden was vice president when the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting happened. At the time, Democrats controlled the White House and Senate and even then they could not pass major gun reform legislation.

Ignoring this reality is nearly as bad as ignoring the problem itself.

Right now, a small bipartisan group of senators are at work – trying to reach compromise legislation that will pass Congress and hopefully inch the country towards new laws to address the scourge of mass shootings.

Among the issues potentially being addressed are federal legislation to encourage more states to pass ‘red flag’ laws that enable law enforcement to seize the weapons of potentially dangerous people and an expansion of background checks.

I am a proud gun-owner and Second Amendment supporter and I support both proposals. So do most Americans.

But last night, Biden made the senators’ jobs even harder.

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows the president’s approval rating at 42%, with only 32% of independents and 12% of Republicans approving of his handling of the job.

No matter what pundits on television and Twitter tell you, there is no rational Republican who thinks that the murder of innocent children and civilians is anything other than an abject tragedy.

Why the president thinks that he can bring that country together on this issue is a mystery to me. Honestly, I think this lifelong political animal just couldn’t resist the limelight.

This week, Biden repeated the false claim that, ‘You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed. You couldn’t go out and purchase a lot of weapons.’

That’s not true – yet he keeps saying it.

Then he suggested banning 9mm handguns, which are among most commonly-owned weapons in America.

And of course, the president could not resist pointing the finger of blame at Republicans on Thursday night, calling the objections of many GOP Senators to new gun control measures ‘unconscionable’.

The fact of the matter is that gun owners and Second Amendment supporters do not see the president as credible on this issue.

When a gun owner hears President Biden say that ‘the Constitution and the Second Amendment was never meant to be absolute’ all they hear is: ‘Even if you obey the law and present no threat to others, we’re going to take your guns.’

Biden was vice president when the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting happened. At the time, Democrats controlled the White House and Senate and even then they could not pass major gun reform legislation.

When New York Congressman Mondaire Jones commits to packing the Supreme Court, repealing the Senate filibuster, and amending the Constitution to limit gun ownership, they think that he speaks for a significant part of the Democratic Party.

When perennial-candidate Beto O’Rourke goes on a debate stage screeching ‘Hell yes, we want to take your guns,’ he sounds like the far-left extremists that gun owners know cannot be trusted.

One of the anxieties the gun owners have is that when Democrats call for reform they really want America to be Australia and ban guns altogether.

Here is what I am sure of, President Biden can’t do this alone, and this administration gains nothing by vilifying legal gun owners and Republicans.

All the rhetoric does is push each side further and further into their ideological corners.

In the same way that Republicans and Second Amendment supporters need to be responsible with their language and rhetoric during such heated times, so do Democrats and the president.

At a time like this, Biden should be focused on bringing people together – not pushing them apart.

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