CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I give the President credit for sincerity on this. Thereís not a lot of political advantage in this as there is in a lot of other stuff heís pushing. He didnít have a plan to do this. This was not what he campaigned on last year. It wasnít on his agenda. It was I think a genuine response to the massacre in Newtown which I think moved him. The problem is he doesnít know what to do, and no one knows what to do.
The things he signed today, the executive orders are useless. Itís the appearance emotion. I think itís sincere, he wants to do a little bit at the edges, a little research here, a little encouragement here, but everyone understands itís not going to make any difference. So heís saying the three big items are the ban on assault weapons, on the big magazines, and the idea of having the background checks. I think they are not going to pass, and I think he will expend some capital, but the country simply isnít ready to do anything near that.