A quick response to the Messiah's pathetic mewling in the Rose Garden earlier today:
"By now, it’s well known that 90 percent of the American people support universal background checks"
Says who? Please cite where you discovered such magical fairy-dusted numbers, sir. If anywhere close to 90 percent had truly supported that legislation it would have passed in a slam-dunk. It didn't, of course, which leads us to conclude that you in fact are the one stretching the truth here.
"We’re talking about convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, people with a severe mental illness"
Persons who are already prohibited from buying a firearm from anyone anywhere at any time. So you're proposing to make it doubly or triply illegal?
"But instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. They claimed that it would create some sort of “big brother” gun registry, even though the bill did the opposite."
Universal background checks by definition would create a de facto gun registry that no doubt would be used to locate and attempt to confiscate firearms at some future date. As to the ban on creating an official registry, it's true that one was in the legislation, but the one word "notwithstanding" in the bill basically negates the language and allows the Attorney General to do just that.
"There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn’t do this."
There were many, sir. You just dismissed them as you do any viewpoints that differ from your collectivist worldview.
"But if action by Congress could have saved one person, one child"
So we take it you're in favor of any action that saves lives, up to and including waterboarding, then?
"I’ve heard folks say that having the families of victims lobby for this legislation was somehow misplaced. "A prop," somebody called them. “Emotional blackmail,” some outlet said. Are they serious?"
Yes indeed. The same people you've been carting around on Air Force One, parading up in the Senate gallery and pimping out on sycophantic news programs? This is a textbook definition of employing the transfer technique, and you should be ashamed of yourself for dancing in their children's blood to advance your political agenda.
"And I see this as just round one"
Bring it on.