Because I guess he figures he hasn’t pissed off conservatives nearly enough.
The Washington Post did a story on Steve Crowley, the White House gun control czar. Crowley is considered to be an expert on regulation and tort law. His approach to gun control appears to be a regulatory one.
According to the article, Jim and Sarah Brady visited Capital Hill on March 30, the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan; to push for a ban on “large magazines.”
The couple reportedly were meeting with press secretary, Jay Carney, when, according to Sarah Brady, the President came in. She said the President told her he wanted to talk about gun control and “fill us in that it was very much on his agenda.”
She went on to say Obama told her, “I just want you to know that we are working on it. We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”
I guess it’s not so stealthy if the Obamatons are blabbing it to the Washington Compost. What they’re doing isn’t really secretive. I guess you could characterize this gun-contol-by-fiat-move as antithetical to the letter and spirit of the US Constitution, so no big deal or anything.
But really, is this shocking? Obama has spent his presidency making shit up as he’s gone along. To cite just one example, if anybody thinks President Peace Prize is actually going to get Senate approval for his Libyan debacle in accordance with the War Powers Act, I’m sad to report to you that Lindsey Lohan is not in fact drug-free.
So why is Obama signalling a gun control plan now? My guess is that the President is nervous about his lefty base. Discussing gun control ideas with Sarah Brady is a signal–or even better, a social marker–for the lifestyle left. Limiting them, even if it means using extra-constitutional executive orders to do it, is all good and gravy for the gun-grabbers.
Broadly speaking, letting this future strategy leak out to the prog-o-sphere is a way For Obama to tell liberals that he’s with them. That tells me that Obama knows he has to shore up his lefty base.
Does this mean Obama won’t actually try to use executive orders to put limits on guns? Not at all. It does mean that Obama is concerned. That’s pretty cool.
I snagged the original link from Instapundit. Muchas gracias, sir.