W.H. Press Secretary Can’t Explain How Regulations Will Stop Mass Shootings

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President Obama has done everything in his power to restrict gun ownership throughout his time in the White House. And for the most part, he has utterly failed over and over again. He hasn’t had any trouble expanding our government in countless other ways, but try as he might, his administration can’t seem to make a dent in the edifice of America’s gun culture.

Which is why he has given up on changing the rules through any proper channel. After failing to get Congress to do his bidding, he has decided to issue an executive order that will tighten background checks (though its full details have yet to be released). He’s even working with state governors to get them to issue their own executive orders. Like a true tyrant, he is simply ignoring what the people and their elected representatives want (however flawed those representatives may be), because he thinks we are just children that need to be told how to live.

Also like a true tyrant, he doesn’t have a good explanation for why our rights need to be discarded, or how that might benefit us in any way. On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the Obama Administration’s gun policies. Specifically, a reporter pointed out that none of Obama’s proposals would have stopped any of the mass shootings we’ve had. Here’s the answer Josh Earnest gave (or I should say, the answer he didn’t give because he completely dodges the question).

The powers that be used wait until something bad happened, so they could use that event as an excuse to take away our rights. At first glance, that’s what the President’s latest anti-gun crusade sounds like, but it’s not. Josh Earnest just suggested that we tighten background checks for what might happen.

What they’re really doing is taking our rights preemptively, before anything could possibly justify it. Ironically, that’s exactly how most people land on the no fly list. No judge, no jury, no crime. All it takes is a little suspicion or an accusation, and you lose your right to travel. Soon you’ll lose your right to defend yourself as well.

And that’s not all. If Josh Earnest is truly the face of the Obama Administration, then it’s safe to assume that the President is completely clueless about why Americans have been buying so many guns (or he just doesn’t care).

President Obama’s spokesman said Thursday that the record number of Americans seeking to buy guns in recent weeks is “a tragedy” that the White House is at a loss to explain.

“The more that we see this kind of violence on our streets, the more people go out and buy guns,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “That is both ironic and tragic.”

The FBI conducted 185,345 firearms background checks on Black Friday, the most ever during a single day. The record number of gun sales came two weeks after the Islamic State’s terrorist attacks in Paris, but before the terrorist massacre in San Bernardino, California.

Asked why he thinks so many Americans are buying guns, Mr. Earnest replied, “I don’t know, I really don’t.”

“In some cases these are individuals who believe that they need to buy a gun so that they can better protect themselves,” he said. “In some cases because it’s Black Friday, they probably are going and purchasing a gift for a friend or a loved one who is a gun enthusiast. I’m just pointing out that there are already an astonishing number of guns on the streets of America and far too many innocent Americans who are being killed by them.”

Yes, it doesn’t make sense that more guns have been sold during a Presidency that has seen more mass shootings than any before it, and it’s just inexplicable that so many guns would be sold during the most anti-gun presidency in American history. It’s a real thinker isn’t it?

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  • Montana Man

    The administration needs to clarify what they mean by the “No Fly” list. If they are referring to individuals who are being tried for a violent crime, and consequently must remain within the vicinity of the court, it makes complete sense. However, in that case they would already be flagged from purchasing firearms. Therefore it must refer to something else. Common sense says that if a person is flagged as being too dangerous to board an airplane, he should be incarcerated or deported, to prevent him from committing unknown acts of terror. Clearly Obama’s “No Fly, No Buy” policy is not meant to protect law-abiding Americans, and should be firmly resisted by Congress. which alone has the power to enact laws.

    • Ian MacLeod

      A citizen can’t be deported; as far as I know that’s only for foreigners. No, they’ve made it so that some minor office worker can probably take any incident at ALL can call is suspicious, and use that to put someone on a suspect list of POTENTIAL terrorists. That would, per the law they’re trying to push through, make that person permanently ineligible to own any firearms. Apparently too, once someone is ON such a list, there is NO provision for being removed from it no matter that it turns out to have been in error. That’ EXACTLY what they want: for as many Americans as possible to be those suspect lists and separated from their Second Amendment “right” to own guns. The instant Obama gets the thing passed though, he MUST BE IMPEACHED! He KNOWS it’s unconstitutional, he KNOWS it’s a High Crime, and for the Congress to refuse to charge and prosecute him for it would be treason on THEIR part I believe. Once he steps in this one, he’s in it up his eyebrows and no way out save through the door!

  • WirelessTrojan

    Josh Ernest should have said the following about how easily a simple regulation could end mass shooting in America. Voila: The Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) — officially, the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act — is a subsection of theViolent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a United Statesfederal law that included a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms it defined as assault weapons, as well as certain ammunition magazines it defined as “large capacity.”

    • Other than defining own Clinton’s failed ban, what in your post explains how it had any impact on mass shootings? How is it relevant to Josh Ernest or the regimes current gun control efforts? Unless you’re trying for sarcasm, I’m not understanding where you’re going with that.

      • Rodger Johnson

        doesnt this persons moniker give away their intent “Trojan” I would add Horse on their and then it makes more sense! simple inconvenient truth: passing any law in hopes to control the behavior of people who typically do not follow the law just makes no sense. therefore its not designed for them, it is an attempt to disarm normally law abiding citizens!

    • Boop Gahev

      How would it address mass killings?

      • Ian MacLeod

        It wouldn’t. There IS NO law that can stop something like this. We’d be better off trying to stop the government from running all these damned false-flags and blaming them on the “terrorists” who are brainwashed/mind controlled tools. We also need to get rid the laws that CALL someone a “likely terrorist” or they actually classify people as terrorists simply because they disagree with the D.C. government! THAT too is a violation of the Constitution – making people criminals for an attitude with no harmful acts performed whatsoever! Land of the free my ass!

    • Paper edicts don’t change human behavior and assault weapons are already illegal which is a 2A violation and currently gives the storm troopers an advantage over the people.

      “a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms it defined as assault weapons” – Assault weapons are already defined and this little edict from the King seems to want to re-classify to fit their agenda… more “honesty” from the left as usual!

      • Ian MacLeod

        “a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms” – Does that read to you like it complies with the Second Amendment, i.e. “the RIGHT of citizens to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”? It sure doesn’t to me; in fact it’s treasonously going directly against it! So that’s ANOTHER charge of treason against him, as well as against anyone who helps craft it, or if it goes to a vote, those who vote for it.

    • Tom

      The largest mass murder in US history was done with a plastic milk jug, gasoline, and a Bic lighter. Are you going to propose we ban all of those items, or just need a background check to buy them?

  • SP_88

    The “No Fly” list is an arbitrary list full of people who have been added for the most ridiculous reasons. Reasons such as using certain words in an e-mail, text or web search, checking out certain library books, using cash, using a credit card, using a debit card, paying by check, depositing a certain amount of money into their accounts, depositing less than a certain amount of money into their accounts, depositing more than a certain amount of money into their accounts, buying certain things at the store, making the same number of left hand turns on your way to work everyday, etc, etc, etc.
    And this list has babies, toddlers and children on it, as well as the elderly, dead people, and randomly selected people who have no connection to terrorism whatsoever.
    Basically, being on this list is no reason to take away someone’s rights. Chances are that 99% of the people who are on this list have nothing to do with terrorism or any other criminal activity. Anyone could end up on this list. And taking away the 2nd amendment rights of someone based on this list is just more of Obama’s back door legislation, since he has no support for doing it through proper channels.
    And the fact that they cannot answer why these executive orders won’t stop mass shootings is because they won’t stop mass shootings, or any other shootings. They weren’t designed to. They were meant to disarm the law abiding citizens of America. Nothing more.

    • Mark Williams

      And….there is no due process involved for resolving a name that has been incorrectly put on this private list. It’s tyranny and corruption at it’s WA DC best.

      • SP_88

        No, but the lying liar said there was. And if there is, it’s likely such an exercise in futility and so completely plagued with red tape and bureaucracy. I have heard that there is no due process to get off this list though. So he is a liar.

      • Ian MacLeod

        It’s treason, and it shows the man’s utter contempt for everything that America is supposed to be about. He has NO such authority as to alter any portion of the Constitution. Someone must have some pretty powerful evidence against every single member of the Congress. Not a ONE f ’em will go directly against him. *sigh* I’m only 60, but here I am already doing the “I remember…” bit about America more and more often. There’s just so MUCH of it that simply isn’t there anymore.

    • Ian MacLeod

      The list itself is unconstitutional, and so is the “penalty”. “Shall not be infringed” my tired ass! They seem to think of little else there in D.C.!

  • doucyet

    Today those on the “no-list” can’t buy….tomorrow it’s can’t own!

    What list do they start next? Or perhaps already have………………..

    They will never stop!!!

  • Mr Gadget

    Instead of pushing a bill to stop all on the fat and happy no fly list from buying guns, how about a bill forcing them to investigate a million suspected terrorists on the list….FAST. Maybe another bill that gives free gun training and a handgun to all citizens that want one to protect their communities from the government sponsored terror supported by this administration.

    • Amen. If that list is legit (it’s not), and all those folks are such a threat, why are they still walking the streets?

      • Mr Gadget

        It’s an illegal tool of obozo’s IRS and DHS or actually the fascist government, how funny was it our corrupt piece of garbage fascist government calling Trump fascist……what a joke!

        • actually, it was an illegal tool of George HW Bush in the form of FAA Security Directives in 1989. Its metamorphosis completed during the post 9/11 death of the Bill of Rights under his son, Bush Jr and has since continued to expand under the current puppet-in-chief. I’m not seeing anything in Trumps ongoing base-riling that leads me to believe he will be any different than the last four presidents in terms of crapping on the Constitution.

          • Mr Gadget

            granted all the criminal puppets in chief are bad, patriot act written prior to 9/11 should have been a dead giveaway, however, you can tell it’s in obama’s blood to destroy American and he is throughly enjoying the process.
            I don’t trust Trump, but I think he knows way more then he is saying about our criminal government. and actually wants to try and stop the monsters. I guess we will see if he gets elected and gets murdered like JFK.

          • Ian MacLeod

            I wrote several articles, loads of comments and tried HARD to get the info around starting right after I first read the released bits of the PATRIOT Act they released before we got to see the whole thing. (I THINK it was the whole thing). But like too many laws and tactics lately, it was something written a long time ago in the hope that they might be able to twist things enough someday that it could be enacted.

          • Mr Gadget

            of course, it’s a coincidence they had it written hoping for an event to bring it in….right? They had 100’s of lawyers just twiddling their thumbs with nothing to do so they had them write the patriot act, police state act, just incase…lol Do you think they have a complete plan for martial law ready, Constitution be damned?

  • Given the multiple studies that have demonstrated a correlation between a greater number of guns in private hands and the diminution of crime, it would take something as twisted as the theory of human causation of climate change to prove that more guns create more shootings.

    • nlightened2

      Don’t forget cowards, All traitors seem to possess this trait.

      • Hardly. Most of the traitors in our military are there because they didn’t (sometimes still don’t) understand that their fighting in “wars” that were never declared is aiding and abetting the treason committed by the domestic enemies in elective office that sent them to fight. If they are cowards, it is because they lacked the courage to say no to the traitors and domestic enemies instead of becoming involved in bringing them to justice. Michael New is the only former military member that I am aware of that had the courage to say no, and he was court martialed and dishonorably discharged for his patriotism.

        • nlightened2

          A ‘lack of understanding’ is hardly a signature of treason or cowardice. Maybe a little to trusting of TPTB.

          • Ignorance of the law is not an affirmative defense against a conviction in the violation of it. Of all of the populations of the planet, Americans should be as untrusting of the TPTB as humans are capable of being. Being ignorant of one’s own country’s own history is hardly a reasonable excuse for being ignorant that justifies the continuing terrorism that our military has rained down on the third world since WW2.

    • Americadies

      Someone should ask idiots in Congress and the senate to look at a few of the studies that are out there.
      They would be surprised, on Dec 13th alone there were 17 reported mass shootings, 3 killed and numerous injured and involved. All executed by blacks against blacks with illegal handguns.
      Could the politicians formulate an opinion on this data?

      • They will be devoid of an opinion until one of them figures out how to blame whites somehow.

        • Americadies

          But we already know that all these blacks attacking each other is because of white privilege.

          • They know that is really starting to smell, time to change tactics.

          • Americadies

            I would love to see some of the media show these facts t watch the liberals heads explode.

          • you assume they don’t already know. They know, they just don’t care. They are pushing an agenda.

          • Americadies

            We need to begin the eradication of all liberals.

          • Gary

            Didn’t they already try that in the 50’s? Back then, they were called Reds or Commies.

            I think the liberals today aren’t even smart enough to realise what they really are.

          • Americadies

            Liberals are still Reds and Commies, and need eradicated.

  • Maybe the press secretary doesn’t possess the linguistic skills required to obfuscate, divert and deceive

  • nlightened2

    This is basically the cowardly trying to ban their own fears through legislation. This is another example of liberal fail in the manhood department,
    The sad part is they actually ‘feel’ they are doing something ‘important’ to stop this problem. And they blame you for not following their cowardly inspired and illegal laws, This is just another PRIME example of the logic of cowards.

    • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

      “Gun control” is the perfect metaphor for the distorted, hateful and negative world view liberals have. Because they do not trust themselves, they feel others cannot be trusted and therefore should have extraordinary limits placed upon their behavior and environment. In short, they believe that all people need to be controlled, that they cannot be responsible for their own actions and behaviors, and that government is the perfect vehicle with which to exert such control. Even if it means countless numbers of people may die by losing their ability to defend themselves from actual maniacs. Conversely, they have no compunction in “empowering” women to strip new human life from their very wombs. In both cases, innocent people are rendered unable to defend themselves, either through being denied positive action or by not being provided a powerful advocate and appropriate laws for their safety. They are arrogant enough to presume that it is they who should be in charge of saving us from ourselves.

  • Jon Geissinger

    They will get their way. It will happen. History has to repeat itself. The gun grabbers will get some law passed that allows them to have guns forcefully confiscated; then the S will HTF. We will either end up in the local version of Nazi Germany or a second civil / revolutionary war.

    • but with drones, satellites, tech up the ying yang, that’s what ya get for enrolling in slavery called voter registration

      • Are those who are not registered to vote invisible to surveillance? How would you prevent multiple voting?

        • quit responding. all lawyers are P’sOS

          • Either you have hallucinated having met every lawyer on the planet, or you have the same bias that a KKK member does, against lawyers instead of blacks. Neither of those scenarios indicates intelligence above that of a carrot, or sanity.

          • hey piss for brains, stop talking at me

          • I’ll be happy to as soon as you stop posting blatant ignorance. If you don’t want responses, get a blog.

          • lol,,,, you agree you are a piss for brains !!!! Excellent !!!!!

          • Your understanding of the english language is an insult to humanity.

    • More than likely they will run out of body bags for the gun grabbers before they will confiscate enough guns to stock a gun shop.

      • I see neighbors that don’t even know each other coming out to fight next to one another… I can hope at least.

  • mirageseekr

    “Asked why he thinks so many Americans are buying guns, Mr. Earnest replied, “I don’t know, I really don’t.”

    It’s because we plan on fighting back Mr.Earnest and shitheads like you are first to be hung for treason.

    • If Earnest is guilty of treason, the millions of military and former military who are equally guilty should get the noose first.

      • Just hold the upper management accountable with treason charges and only punish the lackeys going along with it all.

  • joetentpeg

    There’s a simple solution.

    If we all just say that we’ve recently converted to Islam, we’ll be allowed to keep our weapons.

    • nlightened2

      That is the islamic goal. Not mine.

    • That’s the thing, we are doing what we want, not what we are allowed… well, some of us are at least.

  • Mr Gadget

    The explanation is dictators/criminals want to disarm citizens.

  • Right to the Point

    Clearly a “Bill of Attainder.” That said, before 9/11 the airlines always asked me to sit by the Emergency Doors, now they always ask me to sit in the aisle seats. They get it, so why can’t this administration? Simple answer is; it’s not about safety and never was. It’s everything about Control……

  • EnemyOfTheState

    Just wait and see how large the “No fly list” is going to get. It will be an exponentially large increase.

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  • JustaMan

    Let me explain about the no fly list. Some asshole working for the police department, homeland security, etc. with a badge and an attitude who will n does put innocent civilians on that no fly list just because they may not lick his/ her boots clean when they shouts their unlawful orders/demands!


  • Americadies

    Earnest has finally reached Bagdad Bob status. This poor joke is perfect for Obama.

  • Frank

    There are no facts to support their claims (such is the recurring headache for Liberal ideology), so they’re selling “magic beans.” After everybody who has guns trades them in for some magic beans, the truth will be revealed – the giant beanstalk that will lead us to the kingdom of (more) government tyranny and the conversion of the US over to an autocratic dictatorship where a Black man rules over all – until civil war, as happens in all countries ruled by despots, destroys the country.

    • I think a lot of black people are onto this crap also, I see it every time they over-cover an event, you can hear them even say “smoke and mirrors, yall!” and that gives me hope. I REALLY hope the different races realize who their enemy is and it isn’t their fellow slaves of different ethnicities but the ruling elite trying to sow division so they can take us ALL over!

  • mayday911us.

    So the proposals they have made and are making now will not stop me a shootings or generalized shootings oh so let’s pass those laws.

    With the stipulation of those that vote for have to do the same prison time as the shooter.

  • Wulver

    Pretty soon these spokesmen are going to simply tell the reporter that “just for that”, you’re on the no fly list.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    Of course Good Ol’ Josh couldn’t explain how the proposed restrictions would have stopped any shootings. He shouldn’t have to-it’s simply “common sense” after all. Wink, wink…..

  • ccambridge

    This whole administration is full of DUHHHH

  • Tom

    The real reason for expanded background checks is simple. All checks are done over the phone, and all phone conversations are converted to text and stored by the NSA. Although the “paperwork” for these checks is required by law to be destroyed so we don’t have national gun registration, the NSA is doing an end-run around that requirement. We have had de facto national gun registration since before 9/11/01 when the total spying began. Now they just want to sweep up all private sales, too.

  • Hp B

    Who expects Earnest to be honest?
    Not me.

  • Ian MacLeod

    The Washington D.C. based impersonation of America’s legitimate government has been getting increasingly invasive and dictatorial for a long time, but the past couple of decades have seen an accelerating sprint for tyranny. Each of the false-flag ops that were to be used as an excuse to take guns away from the populace have instead, for people whose minds actually work, made it ever more clear that the general populace is NOT the problem, nor are guns. Mind controlled shills in government sponsored false-flags like Adam Lanza are so obvious that I think most of us don’t even consider it an American “gun culture”. Look around almost any home and you’ll find quite a number of knives as well, along with other tools. Is this a knife culture – or a screwdriver culture? No; those are just occasionally necessary tools. Guns are no different: they’re a tool, one that takes practice to use well, as with any other tool, but when you need a gun, as usual with tools, nothing else will suffice. The government has just been digging itself in deeper every time there’s another False-flag, complete with a new pack of lies and misdirection, pushing for panic, and making it completely obvious that D.C. does NOT want us armed. The literature concerning the Second Amendment, of which there is a great deal, has been gone over many many times, and the situation regarding gun ownership should be clear to anyone who actually chooses to look, to read and think just a little bit:

    The best defense against someone with a gun is to have your own gun; and maybe some friends, or better a LOT of friends with guns. If you DON’T have a gun, you’re generally defenseless against someone who does. Without a gun against those who are armed, we become nearly defenseless victims. An unarmed populace is defenseless against an armed government. Post after post all over the Internet from Australia advises us to “Never give up your guns! We did and look what happened!” Without firearms with which to resist an increasingly tyrannical government, Americans are no longer even remotely free. a government that wants to move against it’s own citizens must be very careful if they’re armed; unarmed, as happened in Germany and many other times and places, we can be rounded up and the government can do anything with us or to us that it wishes.

    It’s very telling that Obama has pushed “gun control” leading to confiscation as hard as he has, and that he’s willing to break the Constitution and act unilaterally and illegally to disarm us. That the Congress is now going along with him and even with the supposed differences between the parties, they too have begun taking some chances,themselves and that they are also pushing disarmament of the populace so hard tells us that this “government” has a specific program in mind, that they are now being pushed by the approaching end of Obama’s final term, and the final result of their efforts is NOT going to be anything good for us! As they demand that we disarm, the government has armed every “Federal” agency right down to the Post Office and has bought literally BILLIONS of hollow-point bullets, which are illegal in International war, so they can only be meant for US, like the tens of millions of multi-body, biodegradable FEMA coffins they have buried and hidden all over the coutnry. As Obama is increasingly frustrated in the increasingly unconstitutional laws he wants from Congress (you’d think he might notice a correlation), he turns more and more often to his own pen, choosing to write the laws he wants himself and ignore the fact that HE HAS NO SUCH LEGAL AUTHORITY!

    Each such act of his is High Treason, usurpation of the authority of the Congress and other crimes. That a man who is NOT qualified on several counts to hold that office is willing to keep taking such a chance, it becomes obvious that the so-called “elites” who “sanitized” him for that first campaign, who bought the office for him and protect him now as they did then from any successful legal challenges are now demanding what they paid for: a subdued and powerless citizenry that they can torture and murder at will. Too many of us, however, can finally see it coming, and I don’t believe they’ll be able to succeed, or not completely or well. Americans are awake, and they’re becoming awake in greater and greater numbers! As my countrymen and women become more aware of the true plans for them and the country, I can hear an increasing growl of anger that could easily become a THUNDER, a ROAR, a sound I would rejoice to hear! That sound of the righteous anger of the American people could shatter our still-being-forged chains like glass! At least now I feel certain that whatever the final outcome, it will cost them more than they ever thought to pay!