RUSH: The media is not happy that Obama is underwater on the polling data on all these issues: Immigration, gun control, whatever else. He's under 50%, and the media is worried about this. They're not accustomed to Obama being underwater. They're accustomed to Obama, no matter what's happening in the country, being at 55%. They're accustomed to whatever's happening in the country not attaching itself to Obama.
Now it looks like some of it might be attaching itself to Obama, and they're a little bit concerned about it, and it may even be that Obama's concerned about it. Did you hear what he said in Connecticut? Let me find this exact quote. (interruption) No, no, not the worst day of his presidency. It was something about how we can't make it as easy for them to gun down or kids or some such thing. This quote is so... I don't know. I don't even know how to characterize it. It's not presidential, for one thing.
RUSH: Here's Obama. This is Hartford, Connecticut. To me this is disgusting and it's another illustration of the Limbaugh Theorem. Can you imagine what these parents are going through in Connecticut, still, and to be trotted out as props for the advancement of an Obama policy? I don't know what that must feel like, but here's what our president said.
OBAMA: We have to tell Congress it's time to restore the ban on military-style assault weapons --
FOLLOWERS: (wild cheering)
OBAMA: -- and a ten-round limit for magazines to make it harder for a gunman to fire 154 bullets into his victims in less than five minutes!
FOLLOWERS: (wild cheering)
OBAMA: Let's put that to a vote!
RUSH: I don't think there's anything on the table, there's no proposal on the table that would have stopped what happened at Sandy Hook elementary. But his next bite contains the quote that just has me puzzled.
OBAMA: I've heard some in the Washington press suggest that what happens to gun violence legislation in Congress this week will either be a political victory or defeat for ... me! Connecticut, this is not about me.
OBAMA: This is not about politics.
RUSH: It's all about you.
OBAMA: This job do the right thing --
FOLLOWERS: (wild cheering)
OBAMA: -- for all the families who are here that have been torn apart by gun violence!
FOLLOWERS: (wild cheering)
OBAMA: That's what this is about!
FOLLOWERS: (wild cheering)
OBAMA: This is not about politics!
RUSH: Yes, it is.
OBAMA: This is not about politics. This is about these families, and families all across the country, who are saying, "Let's make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down."
RUSH: What in the hell does that mean? "Let's make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down." Why don't you go to Chicago and drag those people into your speech? What in the name of Sam Hill...? In the list of quotes of great presidents, can you see this one? "Let's make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down." I mean, if we're gonna get gunned down, let's make it really hard to do. What in the...? For crying out loud, folks, where are we here?
RUSH: A Politician -- a Politician with a capital P.
A Politician in front of a crowd that he has arranged that is made up of parents of victims of random gunfire in a school, says (impression), "This isn't about politics." Right. A Politician. The country's leading Politician. The country's craftiest Politician, the country's most adept Politician, the country's slickest Politician, says, "This isn't about politics!" Yeah? What else is it about, then? Who are you? All you do is politics, yet this isn't about politics? Yeah, right.
(impression) "It isn't about me. Thiiiiis isn't about me."
It isn't? It isn't about you? I still, ladies and gentlemen... "This is about these families and families all across the country who are saying, 'Let's make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down.'" "Four score and seven years ago, our forefathers..." "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" (impression) "Hey, let's make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down." Now, maybe I'm a lone wolf.
Maybe in today's lost culture and in today's lost society dominated by low-information people, that sings. Maybe that is a great melody. Maybe that is a profundity. Maybe that's a great statement. The president of the United States, with family members of kids killed at a school, says (impression), "Let's make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down." A little harder? (impression) "Let's acknowledge that our kids are gonna get gunned down. Let's just make it harder.
"Our kids are gonna get gunned down, 'cause there are too many guns. But let's make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down." Does anybody really care why this is happening? Is it just me, or is there an acknowledgement, if you will -- an acceptance -- of the decay and deterioration of the culture that kids are gonna get gunned down. So, since kids are gonna get gunned down, let's make it harder for the "gun-downers" to get away with gunning down our kids. And how are we gonna do that? (impression)
"Well, we're gonna get rid of those ten-clip magazines and we're gonna get rid of 45-clip magazines. We're gonna get rid of magazines, get rid of clips, and automatic weapons!" These clowns have no idea what they're talking about and they're not even getting to the root problem. Do you think the existence of guns is what drove Adam Lanza into that classroom? Or could it be the kid was zoned out on drugs that maybe he didn't need to be on? Could it just be that the kid was just mentally ill and ought not to have been walking around free as a bird?
Is anybody really interested in getting to the bottom of why Gabby Giffords got shot? Why did that trigger-puller do what he did? What was it? Was it the existence of the gun? Was it the fact that there aren't enough laws in Washington that enabled it? Of course not! So, once again, we have a series of tragedies being utilized and purely politicized by the Democrat Party for the express advancement of their agenda -- which is grow government and less freedom for every citizen. That's what this is about.
It's being made to look like it's about saving kids. It's being made to look like it's about safety. It's being made to look like it's about the fact that we care about all this. But what it really is about is the same thing Obamacare is about, and the same thing the stimulus was about, and the same thing Fast and Furious was about, the same Solyndra is about, and the same thing all the greens policies are about. It's all about expanding the government, shrinking the private sector, taking away economic prosperity and liberty at the same time -- and all of that's taking place under false premise.
(impression) "Let's make it a little harder for our kids to get gunned down." I don't know, folks. That one, I didn't hear it. I heard it with you for the first time today. I don't turn the TV on to news much anymore. It's too depressing. I just don't care to see a bunch of human debris celebrating Margaret Thatcher's death. I just don't want to watch it. It's getting harder and harder to watch what passes for news and all that on cable networks when it's just an endless parade of stupidity and ignorance. So I watch real mayhem and murder: Game of Thrones.
Yeah, I got into it over the weekend.
I did. I started season one.
I wanted to find out what it's all about. I had seen episode one, the first 20 minutes of it, and I don't like medieval stuff. You know, when they start gutting animals and ripping the intestines out, "Okay, time to change the channel." Just not my cup of tea. But I stuck with this, and I understand why it has captivated people. I haven't read any of the Game of Thrones books but I've caught up. I went back to episode one, season one, and watched. A bad omen, though. I got to episode one, season two late yesterday afternoon and I found myself doing other things while it was on -- without hitting the pause button.
So it may be harder for me to stick with it during season two, but I shall endeavor.
RUSH: I've gotta play this now just to make sure I don't leave it behind. It's Good Morning America. George Stephanopoulos and Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times were worrying, fretting over Obama's approval numbers being underwater, particularly on gun control.
STEPHANOPOULOS: We're gonna turn to President Obama's all-hands-on-deck push for gun control. He flew in families of the Newtown victims on Air Force One last night, hoping they can convince lawmakers to back some kind of compromise on the key issue of background checks for gun buyers. ABC's Jeff Zeleny is covering all this from the Capitol. And, Jeff, the president needs all the help he can get. Resistance continues to grow!
ZELENY: That's right, George. The president is facing stiff headwinds on his gun-control plan, with a new CNN poll this morning showing that 52% of Americans disapprove of how President Obama is handling gun control. But now the president is hoping that a bipartisan agreement can be reached before the momentum slips away.
RUSH: Uh-oh. See, they don't like this. They've been operating under the theory, the narrative that the country became 100% liberal when Romney lost. They've been operating on the theory that a massive majority of Americans support everything they want to do. They are learning that that isn't the case. Not that it will matter, not that it will stop them, but it still has them discombobulated. It just means they're gonna have to take another route to get what they want.
"If the people don't want it, to hell with that! We'll just have to take a different route, such as any executive something or other." Yeah, just what they did with Obamacare. Nobody wanted that and they found a way to get it done, but they're a little worried because they want Obama to be loved and the number one celebrity in the country and all that and 52% of the people do not support his gun control proposal.
Oh, that's gonna be a difficult thing for them to compute, to comprehend. In their view, the public, if they're gonna support Obama on anything, it would be his gun control bill. They just can't believe that 52% of the people do not want this. Same thing with immigration. They don't care. Same thing with health care. But gun control! I mean, gun control's that latest orgasm they're all waiting to have. It's almost like they don't have a willing partner here, so it isn't gonna be as much fun.
RUSH: Jay Carney, the White House press briefing this afternoon, a question from ABC Radio White House reporterette Ann Compton. She said, "In President Obama's talks with the Newtown parents, would background checks have made any difference in Newtown, Jay?"
CARNEY: There would still be gun violence in America, there's no question.
CARNEY: But it's incumbent upon those lawmakers who were sent here by their constituents and incumbent upon the president and the vice president who were elected by the entire country to do whatever they can that is sensible and common sense that will reduce gun violence, that will save the lives of children like the children of Newtown. It won't eliminate the problem, but the problem needs to be addressed.
RUSH: Right, it won't eliminate the problem, but that's not the point. We're talking about it, and that's all that matters, so shut up. Don't ask me whether what we're doing's gonna work. That's not the point. The point is we're talking about it and we care, and we gotta make it harder for our kids to get gunned down. That's what we're doing, shut up. We need common sense. We need sensible, common sense that will reduce gun violence. And we need the president working on it, the vice president working on it, all these state and local legislatures working, everybody caring. There's still gonna be gun violence after we do this. There's still gonna be gun violence, no question about that, but we still gotta do something. Why don't you tax it? Tax gun violence. Go tax the family of Adam Lanza, whatever. Yes, I'm a little testy today. I have reasons for it, but I'm not gonna bother you with it.
RUSH: To Monroe, Louisiana, this is Lonnie. I'm glad you called. Great to have you and welcome to the program.
CALLER: Thank you so much, Rush. Two things I want to say. People like the president and Piers Morgan, they have only two choices for those parents in Newtown and their children. Either you wait until that gunman changes his clip and maybe your children can run out, or they wait for the police. Those are the only two choices that they are giving them. God forbid if a janitor could have taken him out when he was busting the door down, and no one would have gotten killed. But they don't want anyone else with a gun but the gunman or the police. It's crazy, Rush.
RUSH: It is crazy.
CALLER: This is what the president and Piers Morgan and people of that ilk have. Either they wait until the gunman changes his clip and maybe jam, or wait until the policemen get there. That's it.
RUSH: Well, I mean, you heard the president. We're gonna make a little harder for our kids to get gunned down.
CALLER: Waited until he was out of seven, not 50 clips to change or a hundred clips, but wait until he shoots seven times, and then time he does it, I like kids, I guess they're gonna have to start training the children when it's seven clips, you all get ready to run out.
RUSH: Well, look, what you're saying is only an armed person can stop a shooter.
RUSH: But what they think is that a bunch of people could rush the shooter and disarm him while he's changing clips.
CALLER: Right, right. Or a jam. What if there are no jams? What if he changes in two seconds and no one --
RUSH: But you understand, Lonnie -- (crosstalk)
CALLER: -- people are gonna rush a gunman?
RUSH: Lonnie, you understand that this bunch cannot possibly ever support the concept of additional guns. They're all about taking guns away from people.
CALLER: Exactly. But yet the president has his Secret Service. I would think Piers Morgan probably has bodyguards.
RUSH: Well, they're special people, Lonnie. They're special, they're really important people.
CALLER: That's right, so what they're telling those parents is, even though I have bodyguards, I have Secret Service, your little angels have nothing but waiting until he runs out of clips --
RUSH: Lonnie, are you telling me that the president's life is no more important than any of these other people or Piers Morgan's life?
CALLER: Now we're opening up a whole other... I guess he and Piers Morgan, they don't want to be down with the little people, I guess. And these are little people in these schools. So they can just go back to the White House, go back to their desk --
RUSH: Well, Lonnie -- (crosstalk)
CALLER: -- their security --
RUSH: You understand this. You're exactly right. There are two sets of rules in this country. There's one set of rules for the important people, and one set of rules for the people that make the rules, one set of rules for the elites and there's another set of rules for all the rest of us.
CALLER: All I'm saying, Rush, is they're not offering -- when LaPierre says maybe a janitor or a teacher, or someone, if someone could have had a gun and stopped him. But I heard --
RUSH: Well, here's a -- (crosstalk)
CALLER: -- that's all we need, is other guns --
RUSH: What do you think about this, what do you think about eliminating the whole no-gun zone, the gun-free zone? Take the signs down, get rid of the notion, stop telling people, "Hey, guess what? There are no guns in this school." It's an open invitation.
CALLER: Well, it seems that way because what are the gunmen doing? They're picking out areas that the people have no guns.
RUSH: That's my point.
RUSH: Well, look, I'm glad you called. Folks, she's exactly right. It isn't complicated. Ten-magazine clips are never gonna be banned, and that's what most guns have, at least as I understand it. The vast majority of handguns, including the police, use ten-bullet clips. There was just a serial shooter in Serbia, killed 14 people. Serbia has really strict gun laws. Gun laws that are more strict than what any of the current Democrat proposals are. In the Soviet Union guns were banned, too, but the powerful elite, they all had their armed guards in their offices, in their dachas, in their cars, wherever they went, but they're special people, see.
You can't say that the president shouldn't have an armed guard. Who do you think you are? We have to protect the president here? I guarantee you that if the president were under fire we wouldn't be waiting for the shooter to reload before making a move. But in school where your kids are, that seems to be the standard operating procedure.