Decisive action or imagery: Gun control and the power of political symbolism
January 14th, 2013
02:13 PM ET
7 years ago

Decisive action or imagery: Gun control and the power of political symbolism

Washington (CNN) - The pictures told the story: Vice President Joe Biden looked solemn, patrician and in control as he sat at a long table in the White House, flanked by people on both sides of the gun control issue.

The images conveyed a sense that the White House was in command on this issue.


Filed under: Congress • Gun rights • Joe Biden
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  1. Sniffit

    Gun safety efforts: MSM immediately truies to undermine its credibility by questioning whether it's serious or just "imagery."

    4+ years of absolute nonsense from the right wing, which instantly responded to the election of a black Dem as POTUS with a massive effort to radicalize itself, shift further to the right, and is now threatening to cause a default on the national debt and force government shutdowns: MSM never once asks if it is a whole bunch of extremist kabuki theater and spends 4+ years propping up the GOP/Teatroll tantrum, lending it false legitimacy and helping it broadcast its talking points.


    January 14, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Canuck

    If Obama was sincere about reducing gun violence he should end the insane drug war. That would mean he would have to be effective, something he has shown he is next to useless at.

    January 14, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Moose

    The blind leading the blind, How about Jobs ??? How about Passing a Budget ??? How about anything PRODUCTIVE ??? What a joke this admin has and continues to be

    January 14, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Facts don't Lie

    bottom line to me is either something gets done or nothing gets done here and if it's the latter when the next big shooting occurs and another one will all the "I"m sorry" from Congress will ring very hollow.

    January 14, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. 2012liberal

    Funny how nra came out saying no reform will happen on guns. They think they have congress n pocket. Some also said obama was going 2 b a 1 term prez 2. With all the $ and try as the may, voter supression, they had another thing coming. So keep threatening nra, ppl ARE WATCHING!

    January 14, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Just ignore ratings fron GOP thugs and NRA idiots. Pass Fun-Control laws. Nation needs.

    January 14, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. 2012liberal

    @moose dont blame admin on jobs. Blame congress. Obama american jobs abt been sitting on boehner desk since sept of 2011. He wont even put it on floor 4 vote. Put blame where blame is do. Teaparty cried jobs and got voted in in 2010. They gerrymandered districts 2 make it 2 1/2 dem votes = 1 rep vote. Harder 2 get rid of them and they cant stop thinking about a womans beaver hole!

    January 14, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |