Earlier today President Obama made his announcement to reduce gun violence. The video of his entire speech is at the link, along with a handy chart of the number of executive orders by Obama vs. former presidents, plus a list of the president's gun safety proposals and executive orders.
And yesterday I posted a Thom Hartmann video that accompanied the hidden history of the Second Amendment: It was about “slave control”. They may come in handy since they are all referenced in the BuzzFlash post I linked to below.
Now your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
...President Barack Obama is putting his life on the line.
The National Rifle Association is in the business, along with other even more fringe gun advocacy groups, of ginning up the base into a froth of hysteria. In this case, the gun lobby – as it is known – has been "warning" the white males psychologically in need of guns that Obama is going to confiscate all their firearms [...]
Timothy McVeigh was no anomaly. He just happened to succeed in killing 168 people in Oklahoma City... They are homegrown cousins of the Islamic Jihad movement, imbued with the conviction that killing in order to save the sacred gun culture is an act of martyrdom, not a crime. [...]
If the anti-slavery folks in the North had figured out a way to disband - or even move out of the state - those southern militias, the police state of the South would collapse.
Now, we have our first African-American president and the heritage of the "slave patrols" is returning with a vengeance as the gun lobby stirs up white males fearing for their loss of power in society into a frenzy.
The 23 executive orders proposed by President Obama include many that are aimed at reversing the NRA's thus far successful excerpts to limit the ability of law enforcement to reduce and solve gun crime and violence. [...]
[T]he NRA will whip up a storm of virulent and bellicose opposition to Obama's executive orders, with menacing language that will fall just short of calling for an armed rebellion.
Somewhere, perhaps in many members of the gun cult, the idea of Jihad for the cause of armed white males will result in an effort to shoot the president.
That is, in fact, the chilling potential lethal threat that Obama faces in taking such a forceful public stand on reducing the toll guns take in our society. [...]
For the moment, Obama – who BuzzFlash at Truthout has criticized many a time for being too conciliatory toward right wing loonies – has shown us a profile in courage, one in which he is putting the lives of the American people above his own.
Please read the whole thing here.