1 - "One of the more unusual reactions to President Obama's new measures on gun policy came from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). For example, the congressional leader condemned an 'executive order' from the White House that doesn't exist.
But more important was this quote in reference to the president: 'His words and actions amount to a form of intimidation that undermines liberty.'
It's hard not to get the impression that Ryan seems intimidated by the wrong things. Is the Repubican leader alarmed by the routinization of deadly mass-shootings? No, what Paul Ryan finds intimidating is presidential rhetoric about background checks. What an odd thing to say.
Part of the problem for the House Speaker is that he may not be fully on board with his own talking points...
...As recently as 2013, the Wisconsin lawmaker told the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel efforts to close the so-called gun-show loophole are 'reasonable' and 'obvious'. Ryan added that the issue arose on Capitol Hill shortly after his first election. 'At the time I remember thinking, "You know, there is a loophole here. We should address that,''' he said.
This week, however, the GOP leader said, 'There is no loophole... This is a distraction.'"
Read more at MSNBC
2 - "Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) spoke to Yahoo News's Katie Couric on Thursday, where he was asked if he was moved by the president's tears on Tuesday. The Republican responded:
'I was affected by it, but I thought we should've had the same kind of reaction when James Foley was beheaded, when San Bernardino and Paris occurred. That's the kind of reaction I had when those occurred.'
Really? He can't understand why the news of twenty FIRST-GRADERS being murdered in their classrooms was a little bit more emotional? These children, six-and-seven years old, were itty bitty and each of their bodies had between three and eleven bullets in them... All of the mass shootings we have experience over the last decade and a half have been horrifying, but this one was especially hard because the majority of the victims were so small. But Paul Ryan can't understand why this particular one makes the president cry. Okay.
Ryan wasn't done yet, he went on to say that the president was using gun control as a distraction.
'What I think he's trying to do is distract from basically his failed policies... I think the president should put as much effort into going after homegrown jihadists and going after terrorist infiltration of our refugee network and going after defeating ISIS as he is in trying to frustrate the law-abiding citizens' Second Amendment rights.'"
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eye'm thynkin': That NRA money must be pouring in.