Is President Obama already backing down in the gun control debate? Vice President Joe Biden is hinting his task force will not go to the mat for an assault weapons ban, focusing instead on more politically achievable goals like universal background checks.
Giving up on banning military-style weapons of war would mean Obama can’t even do what Bill Clinton did nearly two decades ago. Clinton’s ban expired in 2004, but no serious effort has been made to revive it. Only a brave and skillful president can rally a massacre-weary public to pressure Congress to bring it back. Is Obama up to the task?
Apparently the White House fears that if they lose the assault ban while still winning passage of other gun control measures the overall effort will be deemed a failure — unless they downgrade the assault ban as a major feature of their plans.
Nominally proposing a ban while not really fighting for it would be wimping out — amounting to a pitiful pretense that something was done.