Anchor Will McAvoy took to his fictional news broadcast to set the record straight with regards to Obama, guns, and GOP lying liars. In short, McAvoy and Sorkin believe Obama is the single greatest advocate of gun rights ever to call the White House home. To prove this fantasy Sorkin points to a Brady Center report card that grades Obama on several gun control policies, giving him an "F" across the board.
The truth, however, is far from what Sorkin would have viewers believe.
During the 2008 campaign Barack Obama repeatedly called for "common-sense" gun-control regulations. "A law that has just passed in California allows micro-tracing of bullets that have been discharged in a crime so that they can immediately be traced," said Obama. "This is something that California has passed over the strong objections of the NRA…That's the kind of common sense gun law that gun owners as well as victims of gun violence can get behind."
As an Illinois State Senator Obama was a staunch opponent of gun rights. He sponsored legislation to limit handgun purchases, he voted against letting people violate gun bans in cases of self-defense, and he support Washington D.C.'s handgun ban, one that was eventually overturned by the Supreme Court. Even worse than what he did do as a state legislator, is what he said he wanted to do. In a questionnaire he completed during the campaign, he stated he favored an all out ban on guns.
After Gabriel Giffords was shot, an incident covered at the end of this week's episode, and after Democrat spokesmen incorrectly blamed tea party activists for the attack, Obama penned an editorial for the Arizona Daily Star. In it he called for a reforms that would limit Americans' access to guns. He concluded, "We owe the victims of the tragedy in Tucson and the countless unheralded tragedies each year nothing less than our best efforts - to seek consensus, to prevent future bloodshed, to forge a nation worthy of our children's futures."
When the Annenberg Foundation funded (yes, that same organization that funded Obama and Bill Ayer's Annenberg Challenge project) Brady Center claims Obama has done nothing to further gun-control legislation they are telling the truth from a certain point of view. Obama hasn't enacted new gun-controls, not for a lack of desire, but because of a lack of congressional support for such actions.
Bills that would require the kind of ammunition micro-tracing Obama advocated for on the campaign trail continually died in committee. Many Democrats, fearing their upcoming elections, refused to take action on other gun-control legislation championed by the White House. As the Huffington Post pointed out recently, much like his newly evolved policies on gay marriage and illegal immigration, Obama isn't going to let the Constitution and congress get in his way.
Faced with a Congress hostile to even slight restrictions of Second Amendment rights, the Obama administration is exploring potential changes to gun laws that can be secured strictly through executive action, administration officials say... Administration officials said talk of executive orders or agency action are among a host of options that President Barack Obama and his advisers are considering.Let's give Sorkin and his fact checkers the benefit of the doubt. Let's assume that some how they missed these issues. What there is no excuse for was their exploitation of the Gabriel Giffords tragedy to try and drive home their anti-gun propaganda.
When ACN, the fictional news network that is the basis for the show, breaks in with the tragic news, Sorkin shows them struggle with the decision of whether or not to call her death amid similar calls from CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. What Sorkin never addresses is the fact that these networks not only prematurely declared her death, but they immediately used the event to launch unfounded attacks on conservatives and tea partiers, saying their rhetoric led to the shooting. It was revealed later that the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, embraced far left ideology when it was discovered his favorite books as posted on Facebook are Mein Kampf and The Communist Manifesto.
Sorkin claims his fictional news broadcast is how the news really should be reported. He says they provide just that facts, irregardless of party identification and ideology. In other words, Sorkin makes the same false claims about his news organization that the people running CBS, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC make about their very real news organizations. In truth, none of them speak truth to power when those with the power are Democrats.