Why Obama needs to debate NRA president on live TV

Why Obama needs to debate NRA president on live TV

[Ed. – Another fight Obama is to ready to have?]

On Thursday, in the wake of yet another school shooting, President Obama went into the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room — named for the victim of a would-be assassin’s bullet in 1981 — and left reporters in stunned silence with the vehemence of his remarks.

“I’d ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws, and to save these lives and let these people grow up.”

Since the president is asking for our suggestions, I’ve got one:

Barack Obama should challenge Wayne LaPierre, longtime leader of the National Rifle Association, to a one-hour primetime televised debate.

“Are we really prepared to say that we are powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?” Obama asked in 2012 after 20 children and six adults were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

No, Mr. President, we are not powerless, and neither are you. But we do need to think harder and a bit more imaginatively about how to re-shape the debate.

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