President Obama brought some emotion to his announcement of new executive action on gun control – but one media analyst isn't buying the president's performance.
Gun-control lobbyists and family members of shooting victims surrounded the president on Tuesday as he rehearsed the national grief that follows mass shootings in this country, including the slaughter of 20 school children in Connecticut in 2012.
"Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad," Obama said. "And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day."
There were tears in the president's eyes as he announced that he was going to use his pen to require expanded background checks for gun purchases. Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center watched the drama play out on his TV screen.
"It really looked contrived," Gainor tells OneNewsNow. "What's funny is if you were paying attention, he wipes away one of his tears with his middle finger, which I thought kind of appropriate."
So who was the performance for? The media, says Gainor. "After a terror attack, Obama got what he wanted from The New York Times. They turned a discussion of radical Islam into guns," he notes.
And it wasn't just The New York Times. MRC has compiled what it calls "some of the most obnoxious anti-gun rights moments in the media" from 2015.
So far the drama is going according to the script, with many major media outlets fawning over the performance. MRC puts it this way:
Moments after the White House revealed to reporters on Monday details of President Obama's executive orders on gun control, the network evening newscasts could barely contain their approval for the President "picking a major fight with Republicans" as his "new gun checks" seek "to restrict gun sales."
The real question remains: Is the pen mightier than the Second Amendment?
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