I don’t have a TV and can’t remember the last time I actually listened to a speech anyway. I’ll read them but the bandwidth is just so low listening to them that my mind wanders and I’m miles away by the time the next thing of potential interest comes by. So I didn’t listen to President Obama tonight. There was only one thing I was interested in anyway. And that was what the Brady Campaign had to say about it.
Paul Helmke’s words should tell you all you need to know:
President Obama tonight failed to ‘challenge old assumptions’ on the need for, and political possibilities of, reducing the gun violence – which he suggested should be done two weeks ago in Tucson. He failed to recognize the power of our laws to set us on a course to reduce gun violence. We are disappointed, but we’re also determined to continue our efforts to help make our nation safer by pushing to strengthen our gun laws.
We need the president’s support now for changes in our laws to ban large capacity ammunition magazines, to tighten restrictions on who can legally purchase a gun, and to require effective background checks before these guns can be purchased.
It’s a good start.
There are some hints that President Obama may have some bread crumbs for Helmke and friends at a later time. But unless that happens within the next couple of weeks the momentum from the Tucson shooting will have almost completely dissipated.
Assuming Rep. Giffords doesn’t come out of recovery pushing for more gun control this is a huge loss for Brady Campaign. They put a lot of effort into trying to make something of their blood dance and they didn’t even get the time of day from Obama. What does that tell potential donors? It tells them giving them money is just throwing their money away.
It’s time to start looking for a new job Paul. You have piloted your organization into the ground and you might as well bail out before it augers in.