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- Right-wingers Vow to Stop The President's 'Power Grabs'--The Ed Show
Extreme rhetoric against President Obama has heated up since his announcement on gun reform proposals. One lawmaker says he will propose legislation to undo all of the President's executive orders. . . .
President Obama has had enough, and it seems like America has too. Possibly realizing that his base is energized after his re-election and outraged at what happened in Newtown. Connecticut, he announced a package of legislative and executive action to deal with gun violence.
As is to be expected, the NRA has vowed to fight back. They have a "Stand and Fight Campaign", perhaps top echo the "Stand Your Ground" laws that they passed with the help of fellow right-wingers ALEC in states like Florida. They ran an ad that ever MSNBC's resident rightist Joe Scarborough denounced.
Much of this opposition seems to be centered on one provision; the propsal to renew the ban on assault weapons, and restrictions on magazines. These weapons, capable of rapidly firing large quantites of ammunition, seem to have little purpose other than for some sort of insurgency.
The argument they seem to be trying to use is some sort of slippery slope. Ban assault weapons, they argue, and your rifle or handgun could be next. It quickly leads to the sort of paranoia that has been the stock and trade of the NRA, etc not just since Newtown, but perhaps since 1968.
But what if it's more a case of business. The NRA has been shown recently to be little more than a trade group. Could a ban on assault weapons be a threat to business? Weapons like what were used in Newtown, Aurora, etc are likely a valuable niche market. Much like tobacco companies, the value of a life may be outweighed by what profit can be made.