"The mistakes Obama is making are familiar ones" But are they mistakes? If they are, that would make him stupid ( which he is not ), because they are known failures in achieving safety. Forty or fifty years of Wars on Drugs and Poverty are known, abject failures, as well as the previous assault weapons ban, yet they continue all these activities. It seems obvious that the true purpose is not to alleviate poverty drugs or weapon crimes, but to exploit the chaos and controversy involved to expand government's reach and power. How often do we have to see it to realize it?