Obama’s Gun Control Press Event
The world stopped for 15 minutes this afternoon as Barack Obama held a nationally televised press event to announce the conclusions of the blue ribbon panel on gun control, headed by Joe Biden, that the President created in the wake of the Newtown shootings.
The President was introduced by Joe Biden and then took the podium with young children standing to his left and facing an audience packed with family members of those who died in mass shootings such as Newtown. The proposals included a number of bills that Congress would need to pass, such as renewing the lapsed ban on assault weapons, banning high capacity magazines and closing the gun show loophole. However, Obama also had a list of 23 different executive orders that did not require congressional approval. At the end of the the conference, he walked several steps to his left and, with children in the background, signed the 23 different orders.
The entire event was created as a media spectacle for Obama to emphasize the need for gun control and it worked. Obama’s proposals, the first serious initiative for new gun control legislation in a generation were groundbreaking. After all, the Democratic Party had virtually abandoned gun control for a decade before Newtown. The images of young children and grieving family members helped make the event far more television-friendly but it didn’t make it newsworthy. The breadth of Obama’s proposal had already made this a major news story.
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