Ed Rendell: Obama “Wussed Out” On Gun Control

Says after Giffords shooting, Obama should have aggressively pushed for new legislation. posted on

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell leaves no-one unscathed in his new book “A Nation of Wusses,” including his party’s own president.

Rendell writes that while on balance President Barack Obama has “definitely not” been a wuss, there was a clear instance in which he “wussed out” — when he decided not to take up gun control legislation after the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabby Giffords.

Rendell takes Obama to task for not publicly recognizing Daniel Hernandez, the intern who helped save Giffords’ life, and the family of nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green who was killed at his State of the Union address, and for not acting to ban high-capacity magazines “when the issue was so ripe.”

The outspoken governor, who recently made waves when he said he was disappointed by the Obama campaign’s attacks on Bain Capital, added that the White House’s decision to not strengthen federal background check requirements for gun-purchases “showed a lack of courage.”

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