A bigger barrier today than the remaining levels of prejudice of the electorate is an exaggeration of the prejudice of the electorate by the media and political classes.
Gun control was a clear priority in the President's speech.
Obama gave a well-written, brilliantly delivered, and - for the US - subversive inauguration speech. Why was the reaction of many UK progressive commentators so hysterically cynical?
Since December's school shooting in Connecticut, the President's voice has a new edge to it - a hardness, a determination, an aggression and a volume.
Read and listen to the US president's second inaugural address.
Watch President Obama get sworn in for a second term.
To be a truly transformative president, Obama must bring the issue of urban poverty out from the political fringes.
Speech now scheduled for Monday would coincide with the US president's public swearing-in ceremony.
If they can get it through Congress, this would be a ban with teeth.
The Conservative chairman borrows Obama's "don't give them the keys back" line. But it's his party that crashed the car again.