Last weekend President Obama sent an email to Democratic supporters on the subject of mass shootings.
In it was a claim that there have been over 300 mass shootings so far this year—a statistic from a crowdsourced site that was debunked here—followed by this plea: “Unless we do something—change our politics and change our laws—these painful tragedies will continue. … It’s up to us to speak up for the countless voices lost to gun violence. If you believe we can do this, together, then add your name today,” followed by a link to a petition at my.democrats.org.
Instead of being shown a running total of signatures, those who sign the petition are taken to a donation page. In other words, Obama is now using his followers’ concern over gun violence to fundraise for the Democratic party.
Apparently when you’re trying to ensure your gun-control legacy, there’s no such thing as “going too far.”