2016 S.O.T.U. Address Impedes The NRA

January 25th 2016 – By: William Larsen – Civilians News – “News For All Views” – “2016 State of The Union Address Impedes The NRA” –

The scene at Mr. Obama's 2013 State Of The Union Address

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This January, President Obama gave his final, “State of the Union Address.”

The President began by mentioning climate change and bi-partisan co-operation within recent budget debates. In doing so the President coined the term, “who knows, we might surprise the cynics again.”

The President spoke boldly;

“From helping children learn to write computer code. To…. fixing a broken immigration system, protecting our kids from gun violence, paid leave … raising the minimum wage….. This is a time of change…. change that’s reshaping the way we live, the way we work.”

In doing so, the address established the identity for the second term of Obama’s tenure.

Mr. Obama highlighted several key issues, in particular teaching children how to write computer code in public schools. In my opinion, this is especially important because it pertains to a field where many Americans are unaware that their children are currently being left behind….

The President also spoke on topics including, “criminal justice reform” and prescription drug abuse.

“Progressing on the work, that needs to be done,” was the tone surrounding the speech. During this speech, the President did a very good job of acknowledging the issues facing our country, while showing that he does deeply care about the Americans he represents.

A champion of the issues, Mr. Obama spoke very well.

However, did the President go too far regarding his stance on gun regulations……

This past week, Mr. Obama took action to increase federal background checks on gun owners. Obama stated, “what if we could stop just one.” This comment was in reference to gun crimes and in particular those plaguing his home city of Chicago.

Gun violence may be a systemic problem within the United States, however many times these cases involve extreme situations. In my opinion, most often times gun violence is encountered where extreme violence is going to take place, whether it be with a gun or some other type of weapon. For this reason, I personally felt that the President may have fallen off base with his recent actions and remarks, notably in opposition to the NRA.

This tone deprecates freedom to carry a firearm and for me personally, this often feels like a closed minded approach to a much greater problem. This is Obama’s legacy, in terms of doing many things right, yet infringing upon Americans freedom, in terms of combating the NRA. Furthermore, in many ways gun rights and gun ownership have become a part of America’s national identity itself. This makes the issue of gun violence, an incredibly dangerous issue for the Democrats to oppose.

This issue is troubling for a variety of reasons.

I personally believe that most American gun owners, view gun ownership as a vehicle for personal safety, not a weapon to inflict terror. For this reason, I think the Democrats are walking a very thin line, in opposition of the NRA today.

I see this issue as a turning point for Democrats, a turning point which could cost Hillary Clinton the upcoming Presidential election…..

Often times, some people fear the reality that today in America there are hundreds of millions of gun owners…… I actually view this statistic as a positive. This is because of the internal mechanism for national defense. I also view gun ownership along the lines of civilian empowerment. This is in essence a way of keeping a check and balance on the federal government itself…. What else would stop a future government from eliminating food benefits from 10’s of millions of people? What is more empowering to a populous, than 2nd amendment rights?

Pause.

Other than that, Mr. Obama’s State of the Union speech was eloquent.

(Full speech below.)

-William Larsen