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Obama Touts His Gun Sale Regulations Because It’s Easy

From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt:

Obama Touts His Gun Control Regulations, Because It’s the Easiest Option

The president’s going to spend this week discussing gun control. Because it’s what he loves to do, apparently.

On Monday he met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. He holds a White House ceremony to announce the measures on Tuesday. And on Thursday, Obama partners with CNN for an hour-long town hall to discuss gun violence in primetime.

Never mind that he couldn’t get a Democrat-controlled Congress to pass any of these proposals. Never mind that none of the mass shooters got their firearms from a gun show or the kind of casual seller that these regulations target.

Just as the drunk looks for his lost keys under the streetlight because that’s where the light is, Obama focuses his energies where it is easiest.

Never mind that the Sunni-Shia world war is kicking into a higher gear.

Never mind that ISIS is advancing in Libya. The Syrian regime continues to use chemical weapons from a program that President Obama said had been eliminated:

The Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on 23 November 2015 expressed “grave concern” that chemical weapons (CW) had once again been used in Syria after its fact-finding mission (FFM) confirmed “with the utmost confidence” that sulphur mustard had been deployed in an attack on the rebel-held town of Marea on 21 August. Although the OPCW did not publicly identify the perpetrators of the Marea attack, the report added to the growing evidence about the Islamic State’s CW interest.

For those keeping score at home, we now have allegations of use of sarin, sulphur mustard, chlorine gas and possibly “Agent 15,” also known as BZ or  3-quinuclidinyl benzilate. There are allegations of chemical weapons use on about 60 separate occasions.

Never mind that the Chinese markets are crashing, suggesting the world economy is slowing which will eventually mean an economic slowdown here. Economists are suddenly slashing their predictions for growth in the economy.

“Plenty” of people who thought Obamacare would fix everything are finding the premiums and deductibles so expensive, paying the penalty looks like a better option.

But fighting ISIS, stabilizing the Middle East, building a prosperous economy, undoing the damage of Obamacare – all of that stuff’s hard. Obama would much prefer taking a victory lap over his decision to “tweak a few minor rules around the edges” – our Charles C.W. Cooke’s assessment – than to actually address any of these serious, worsening problems.

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