According to reports, the president will open the new year with a series of executive actions on gun control. This isn’t the first time that the president has pursued executive remedies for congressional inaction on guns. The White House rolled out 23 such actions just one month after the massacre of school children in Newtown, Connecticut. While the impetus for those actions was a perception that mass gun violence was a threat on the rise in 2012, the apparent motivation for Obama’s latest series of maneuvers is the fact that gun laws around the nation are loosening with the consent of the governed.
“The gun lobby is loud and well organized in its defense of effortlessly available guns for anyone,” Obama said in his weekly address. “The rest of us are going to have to be just as passionate and well organized in defense of our kids.” In advising Americans to stand up to the “gun lobby,” e.g. the National Rifle Association, Obama’s intended audience couldn’t be clearer: dispirited liberals. They are legion, and many acknowledge the president has already failed to meet their expectations.