Paranoia Strikes Deep
The news has shifted from immigration to gun control the past couple of days. I'm about as optimistic on this issue as I am on the various immigration proposals. David Horsey seems to agree with me.
Gun owners truly have nothing to worry about. There are no federal commandos coming to break down their doors and take away their guns.
Sure, there is an outside chance that a universal gun registration system will be approved by Congress, but anything more, including -- and especially -- an assault weapons ban, will be scuttled by the House Republican caucus, if not by Democrats trying to win reelection in gun-friendly red states.
And yet, given the rhetoric of the National Rifle Assn. lobbyists and the noisy agitators in the conservative media complex, one would think that President Obama is planning the modern equivalent of the British march on Lexington to confiscate patriot firearms. ...
But, paranoid rants aside, the logical conclusion of the hyper conservatives' argument ends in a strange place. If the patriots of 1776 could match the redcoats with muskets and cannon, doesn’t the absolutist interpretation of the 2nd Amendment suggest that today’s "patriots" should be able to stand against a modern army? Doesn't it mean that citizens have a right to keep and bear, not just AR-15s, but rocket launchers, tanks, fighter jets and attack helicopters? [Emphasis added]
Please, David. Let's not give the NRA new talking points for their crazier supporters.
The distressing part is that it's not just the conservative House that will block any meaningful gun control laws (which would ban private ownership of semi-automatic military-style weapons and large ammunition clips, as well as end the gun show exception to background checks). Democrats in both houses of Congress have also come to enjoy the largess of the NRA and gun manufacturers. It is unlikely that many will be willing to bite the hand that has fed them so well.
Meanwhile, death by guns in the hands of private citizens is a daily occurrence. That doesn't seem to bother our elected representatives in Washington.