It is interesting the difference two years make. I’m listening to a rebroadcast of President Obama’s State of the Union Speech. I was interested to see if he was going to call for more gun control. Reading through the speech and then doing word searches I can find no mention of guns, firearms, background checks, or
Newtown. The only mention of crime has to do with the incarceration rate.
By contrast, the 2013 State of the Union Speech contains eight instances where Obama mentioned guns or gun violence (sic). He called for more background checks as well as restrictions on firearms and standard capacity magazines.
I don’t know whether it is because there is a Republican Senate and House who (generally) are pro-gun rights or because its just not sexy enough for him to bother with anymore. He’s still hung up on “climate change”and “rising oceans”. And, of course, it is for “the children”.
Oh, well, you can’t have everything.
UPDATE: I was wrong. He did mention Newtown and Tucson but in the context of grieving with families just as he grieved with dead miners in West Virginia.