Friday, February 25, 2011

President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union Address: Exclusive Bonus Material Not Seen in Home Theatres

One month ago today, in an alternate reality, President Barack Obama gave a courageous State of the Union speech that, somewhere in the middle, included this segment on gun violence. Here, BogsBlog gives you an exclusive look at presidential responsibility and fortitude.

Begin transcript

There is no question the tragic events earlier this month in Tucson deeply affected all Americans, regardless of their political stripes. And again, our thoughts and prayers go out to Rep. Gabby Giffords and her family, as well as the other victims of this senseless act and their loved ones.

Respectful applause from the chamber

As I stand here tonight, no less than 11 peace officers have been shot in five states in the last 24 hours alone, two of them fatally.

It is long past time for us in Washington, DC to drop our partisan differences and work together to tackle the growing problem of gun violence in this country.

Tentative applause, primarily from the Democratic side of the chamber

We’ll undertake this critical task using the single tool we have at our disposal – carefully considered and crafted legislation.

A smattering of halfhearted applause, primarily from the Democratic side of the chamber

Now, there are those who will say that we already have too many gun laws in the United States. Well, I’m here to tell you, most Americans, including many gun control advocates, would gladly trade quantity for a handful of sensible, effective ones.

Slightly warmer applause, almost exclusively from the Democratic side of the chamber

Some say that strengthening gun laws is a slippery slope that will lead to the loss of a fundamental freedom guaranteed by the Constitution, and that responsible, law-abiding gun owners will be penalized.

Let me be clear: No one is advocating a repeal of the Second Amendment, or anything close to that sweeping in scope. But what many of us know must take place is constructive, civil dialogue followed by urgent action on the issue of common sense gun laws, which has long been considered a taboo topic in these halls.

A small amount of applause from the gallery

Certainly, all reasonable people can agree that firearms do not belong in the hands of convicted felons and the mentally ill.

More halfhearted applause, primarily from the Democratic side of the chamber

Further, that the so-called “gun show loophole” should be closed now, and permanently, to keep such individuals from easily obtaining guns.

Automatic and semiautomatic weapons, as well as high-capacity magazines such as those used in Tucson, pose an unacceptable risk in private hands, and should be restricted to law enforcement and the military.

And not even the most ardent sportsman has a need for armor-piercing bullets. Truth be told, no responsible civilian party does.

More halfhearted applause, primarily from the Democratic side of the chamber

In the coming days I will be unveiling a common sense legislative proposal that addresses these very issues exclusively. Each lawmaker in this chamber will also hear from me personally and directly so that I may address the concerns they will no doubt have regarding this bill.

And, of course, I welcome constructive input directly from the states as well.

Again, this is not part of any plan to roll back Second Amendment protections. Despite what the pundits may suggest, I am no fan of government overreach.

Scant applause and dubious, muffled laughter, primarily from the Republicant side of the chamber

I look forward to working with Congress to fashion federal legislation that gives both individuals and individual rights the protection they deserve.

Polite applause, primarily from the Democratic side of the chamber

Obama quickly segues to next topic

End transcript

6 comments:

LeftLeaningLady said...

Pete! How are you? Blogland is a sadder place without your daily or at least weekly posts. Of course I don't have a lot of room to talk since finding time to post is a little difficult for me at times.

I support your stance on guy control, and I agree with it, I wish it was possible to have gun control laws that make sense. But I don't know that you are going to get too far on this issue. Even rational people seem to lose their mind & drool like a dog looking at a steak over the thought of walking down the street with a sidearm in a holster ala Wild Wild West.

Pete Bogs said...

LLL - I know this issue is probably a non-starter, but I am actually offended that the President 1) did not directly address gun violence during the speech, and 2) still hasn't said a peep about it. Concerned about 2012, no doubt. But it does seem the lunatics are running this asylum, and they are well-armed. I've made the Wild West analogy myself, and now that new laws are allowing guns in bars (saloons!), churches, etc., the comparison is more accurate than ever. Sad and scary.

Nice to hear from you!

boneman said...

simple answer.
Legalize marijuana.

Pete Bogs said...

boney - That could lead to a decrease in violence if everyone is "mellowed out." Plus there'd be a spike in business for snack companies. What Republicant wouldn't love that???

dianne said...

Good to see you posting again dear Pete.
I did not see the Presidents 'State of the Union Address', the news here is flooded with the problems in Egypt and Libya and that madman Guddafi as well as the wild weather we are experiencing and our neighbours in New Zealand.
I too support your stance on gun control, the guns aren't the problem it is some of the lunatics that get their hands on them. The world would be a much safer place without all of this violence.
Good luck Pete!

xoxoxo ♡

Pete Bogs said...

Dianne - Good to hear from you. This is an issue that really concerns me; we have a dangerous, powerful special interest running the show here, and a lot of people are dying as a result. It could me or a loved one next.

The world has gone crazy with natural disasters and political turmoil. I've actually found it all too overwhelming to even approach.