The Press Has An Agenda
President Obama’s rare interview on Meet The Press on December 30 demonstrates that the press has their own agenda, and they are willing to force this agenda on President Obama and the American People. When David Gregory asked President Obama about his priorities for the second term, President Obama said that Immigration Reform is his top priority. Then the president said he wanted to stabilize the economy and make sure it is growing, reduce the deficit, rebuild our infrastructure, and actually export energy. Apparently, Gregory was not satisfied so he asked about gun control and got the president to talk about the subject. Now gun control is one of President Obama’s top priorities just as the press wanted.
The Associated Press Advances Gun Control
The Associated Press picked up on this theme, and reinforced gun control as a top priority by publishing an article in newspapers across the country. The headline in my local newspaper was “A TOP PRIORITY” and the sub-headline was “Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013.” Here is a summary of the article which is based on the president’s appearance on Meet The Press..
The President said that the shooting madness that killed 20 first graders was the worst day of his presidency. The president pledged to put his weight behind legislation to prevent gun violence.
The president is skeptical about the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) proposal to put armed guards at schools. Instead, the president wants to rally public support around an agenda to limit gun violence, and he supports increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and bullet magazines. According to the article the president left no doubt that gun control would be one of his top priorities. This is an interesting conclusion since President Obama did not list gun control as a top priority, and David Gregory added it to the list.
A Negative Effect On American Politics
Making gun control a top priority of the Obama Administration will have a negative effect on American politics. President Obama was very astute when he listed his priorities for his second term, as he will probably be very successful in these areas. Gun control is extremely difficult, and it will require the president to use most of his political capital and hinder his ability to be successful in other areas. There are four basic problems with gun control. The right to bear arms is guaranteed in the constitution. There are many different types of assault weapons on the market, so it will be very difficult to define exactly what to outlaw. The NRA has enormous political clout and will fight the president at every step. Finally, it will be practically impossible to get any meaningful gun control legislation through the Republican controlled House of Representatives.
Source: The television program “Meet The Press” on December 30, 2012.
Jim Kuhnhenn of the Associated Press, The Citizens’ Voice, December 31, 2012.