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Hundreds (if not a thousand) people have been killed by gun violence in Chicago, the place the President calls his home, since he took office. There have also been several other mass shootings, including one in Oak Creek.
The differences with the most recent incident are obvious: The ages of the victims. Crimes against kids always get people engaged.
But is there more to it? Years of attacks, some of them taking children's lives, and yet now the President decides to do something about it? ABC's Jake Tapper asked the President about the timing, which he dodged:
“It seems to a lot of observers that you made the political calculation in 2008, in your first term, and in 2012 not to talk about gun violence,” Tapper said. “This is not the first incidence of horrific gun violence of your four years. Where’ve you been?”
“Here’s where I’ve been, Jake. I’ve been President of the United States,” Obama replied. He said he had to respond to the economic crisis, saving the automotive industry and ending two foreign wars. “I don’t think I’ve been on vacation,” he added.
That's baloney and the President knows it. He put off talking about a contentious issue until after he got reelected, knowing full well that he could do his best to disarm the American people without having to worry about his poll numbers.
Why now? Because you should never let a tragedy go to waste.
Rush made a similar point on his show Tuesday. Again from Mediaite:
“You guys ever been to Chicago? Do you know what happens in Chicago every night?” Limbaugh rhetorically asked the pro-gun politicians like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) who’ve now become pro-gun control in the wake of last week’s massacre. “What happens in Chicago in a week dwarfs what happened in Connecticut. Just nobody’s reporting it. There’s no cameras up there. You don’t see it. All you see is the mayor warning the gangbangers to kill each other instead of other people. That’s all you ever see.”
Limbaugh continued: “Have you ever heard any politician go on an anti-gun rant when you’ve heard about urban violence? Does it ever happen? I’m asking. Those stories out of Chicago were happening daily. Drudge was highlighting them. But take your pick. The Rodney King incident, whatever, the Watts riots, pick one. Post-Katrina looting in New Orleans, was the anti-gun control out in force there? They never are, are they? I wonder why that is? Why is it the anti-gun people never use violence in urban neighborhoods as an example of why we have to get rid of guns?” he asked.