WH advisor: Obama’s gun proposals “respect the rights of gun owners”

The White House doesn’t see any of President Obama’s 23 gun proposals as infringing on the rights of American gun owners, according to a senior advisor.

David Plouffe appeared on ABC‘s This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and talked about the vast network of support behind the proposals, despite of the controversial nature of the gun debate.

“This is a tough issue like a lot of them that we’re dealing with,” Plouffe said. “I will say this, these are commonsense proposals that respect the rights of gun owners.”

The senior advisor said the high-capacity magazine and assault weapons ban, universal background checks, progress in mental health and school safety are issues that are widely supported by the American people and both sides of the aisle. And while Plouffe said they “don’t expect it all to pass, or in its current form,” he pointed to the assault weapons ban as a crucial piece.

But while Plouffe’s assertion about wide support for Obama’s proposals might be true for some of the issues he mentioned, it is certainly a stretch for an assault weapons ban. In a Gallup poll conducted just days after the Sandy Hook shooting, 51 percent of Americans said they opposed an assault weapons ban. Only 44 percent of Americans support the ban.

While the margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points could swing the poll in the other direction, it’s clear that Plouffe’s so-called “enormous support” of an assault weapons ban is an exaggeration. At best, it’s about a 50/50 issue.

But if there isn’t really “enormous support” for Obama’s proposals, can we really believe Plouffe when he says they “respect the rights of gun owners”?



  1. Look, I’m just your average Joe, I’ve got a few weapons, nothing unusual, but I also have an AK47, one of the weapons that will be limited by the ban, but I have never had any intent to use that high-powered, high-capacity weapon in a manner other than for sport shooting or hunting….However, there are a few things that should be undestood, a citizen of the United States is endowed certain unalieable rights, to include the right to bear arms, now in my opinion, those arms that we bare, should not be limited by the government, if we all wanted to have fully-automatics, or if we could afford to, I’m sure the majority of weapon owners would agree, but aside from that, if my government or military is issued a particular weapon, I want to have the same rights to own or possess those same weapons, even high-cap, high-caliber rifles.

    What needs to be understood here is that the only people who will be affected in the future by rectifying current legislation on “assault” weapons, are law-abiding citizens, criminals will always find a way, I also disagree with doctors having the right to interrogate our children about weapons in the home, and aside from that, I disagree with the fact that screening individuals medical records will lower any amount of crime rate. Look at certain towns in the US that have mandatory gun ownership laws for each head of household, their crime rates have plummeted since their state legislation required their households to own at least one weapon.

    I can hit you with a stick, does that make it an assault stick? Should we ban sticks altogether? Hah, Think about it people, Reagan said it best, we should all be held accountable for our own actions, and not punish society as a whole for one incident when one or two people are the primary ones accountable…. Also, I think our government is planning to confiscate weapons regardless of the legislation that will be amended. I don’t trust the Obama Administration, not one bit.

  2. Larsar2 says:

    I must ask the question that has been asked over. What part of “INFRINGE” do these deaf and dumb not understand? It gets tiring and sicking reading thes COMMUNISTS spouting off about taking away our firearm RIGHTS, our self protection from CORRUPT governments and tyrannical persons that want to own everyone and everything. The ones that are too cowardly to go and fight their own battles. The CONGRESS installs a worthless, bottom of the gutter “ILLEGAL ALIEN” /
    ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT’ with the promise of their protection. To allow this FREAK to do whatever he wishes. With his cohorts like Hillary Clinton, Barney Franks