Following its announcement yesterday, the White House now says you can expect to see more of President Obama and Vice President Biden out on the road talking to Americans about their plans for comprehensive gun safety reform. The administration says the President and Vice President will also continue to engage law enforcement officials, mayors and governors in the process. The President has used this tactic before, most specifically during the payroll tax cut fight and fiscal cliff negotiations, but yesterday he employed a slightly newer device to make his case. In discussing the need for tighter controls on gun ownership, he referenced what most firearms advocates usually turn to: the constitution. While mentioning some of the recent mass shootings, President Obama cited several amendments, including the Declaration of Independence’s right to bear arms, saying it should not compromise other rights. He also expanded his argument beyond the Second Amendment, including mentions of the First Amendment, the Gettysburg Address and the right to life, saying “The right to worship freely and safely, that right was denied to Sikhs in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The right to assemble peaceably, that right was denied shoppers in Clackamas, Oregon, and moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado.” But will opponents of the White House’s proposal listen? So far it doesn’t appear likely, judging by some of the statements and criticism that followed yesterday’s event, including another call to impeach the President. We’ll discuss his new line of argument and why the American people need to be a part of gun reform when we see you at noon ET on msnbc.
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