Obama Pleads For Empathy On Guns

The latest narrative on the gun issue is that the prospects for meaningful legislation are slipping away as the tragedy of Newtown fades from our ridiculously short memories and members of Congress feel little of the public pressure required for them to stand up to the NRA. So Obama has been campaigning for his favored legislation, and yesterday he gave a speech in Colorado, the centerpiece of which was a plea to both sides to cultivate some empathy. Here’s an excerpt: 

“Part of the reason it’s so hard to get this done is because both sides of the debate sometimes don’t listen to each other. The people who take absolute positions on these issues, on both sides, sometimes aren’t willing to concede even an inch of ground.”

PAUL WALDMAN