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Is a Gun Ban, the New ObamaCare?

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 6, 2013 @ 12:03 pm In The Point | 18 Comments


Obama wrecked his first term by ramming through nationalized health care by any means necessary, including cutting dirty deals with industry lobbies and violating the law and the Constitution more ways than you can count while defying the Supreme Court to do something about it. Not only did this lead to a national backlash and the Republican control of Congress, but the controversy and the lawsuits are still dragging on into his second term.

And now it looks like it’s about to be deja vu all over again.

Just when the Republican Party seemed to be as directionless and confused as it was in 2008, the GOP is getting a free gift from Obama, an issue that was alienate even moderate Democrats, polarize the electorate and lead to another national backlash.

The War against the 2nd Amendment [2] of the Bill of Rights.

the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association that one source said could include rallying support from Wal-Mart and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses.

Gun retailers, unlike drug and health insurance companies, aren’t going to get their income from the government no matter what happens. Spending millions on gun control ads targeting gun shows is just going to hurt them with the majority of their customers with little to show for it.

One potential strategy would be to win support for specific measures from interest groups that are normally aligned with the NRA, according to one person who works closely with the administration on gun-related issues and who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity.

For instance, this person suggested, Wal-Mart and other major gun retailers may have an incentive to support closing a loophole that allows people to bypass background checks if they purchase firearms at gun shows or through other types of private sales. That could result in more people buying guns in retail stores.

And it will result in a backlash from gun owners who will come to associate Wal-Mart with gun control legislation the way that the AARP ended up being associated with a cheesy pitch for ObamaCare.  AARP lost members, but kept its special privileges. What does Obama Inc. have to offer Wal-Mart that will offset alienated customers who avoid doing business with it?

White House aides have also been in regular contact with advisers to New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I), an outspoken gun-control advocate who could emerge as a powerful surrogate for the Obama administration’s agenda.

New York City, not to mention the country, hates Bloomberg. The only things that Bloomberg has going for him is a lot of money and a well paid media operation that controls a lot of the city media or appears to. But Bloomberg couldn’t even crack the state and nationwide he has no influence at all. I’m sure he’ll spend a few hundred million buying ads, but the moment he shows up to pitch a plan, the reaction will be negative.

In addition to potential legislative proposals, Biden’s group has expanded its focus to include measures that would not need congressional approval and could be quickly implemented by executive action

Right because unilateral imperial lawmaking has always proven to be popular and will in no way help revive the GOP.

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