President Obama believes House Republicans are not willing to budge on their gun control stance despite calls from a majority of Americans who are demanding changes to gun laws in the US.
In a February interview with The New Republic, President Obama proclaims:
“The House Republican majority is made up mostly of members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican and may not feel compelled to pay attention to broad-based public opinion, because what they’re really concerned about is the opinions of their specific Republican constituencies.”
While President Obama believes he will receive more than 50 percent of public support, he notes:
“I can’t get enough votes out of the House of Representatives to actually get something passed. … I think there is still shock on the part of some in the party that I won re-election.”
The POTUS also reveals in his interview that he has a profound respect for hunting but also realizes that guns in urban areas are a very different reality than guns used in rural areas.
Speaking of family traditions involving guns, President Obama says “gun-control advocates also need to do “a little more listening than they do sometimes” when debating gun controls.
Obama blamed conservative media for many problems associated with new gun controls. Obama says of the media issue:
“If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it. I think John Boehner genuinely wanted to get a deal done, but it was hard to do in part because his caucus is more conservative probably than most Republican leaders are, and partly because he is vulnerable to attack for compromising Republican principles and working with Obama.”
The full President Obama interview appears in the February 11 issue of The New Republic. As we previously reported, the interview spans many topics, even the safety of football players in college and the NFL.