Anyway, everybody at work in the newsroom is in favor of a new ban. Everybody at the cocktail party the other night was in favor of it, too. And the only person at the beach house last weekend who was against it was your hick brother-in-law from Texas. Or Arizona? Anyhow, one of those redneck states.
So thank goodness that the president came out and said what needed saying last night!
President Obama tonight said he’s interested in seeing an assault weapons ban reintroduced, breaking his silence on the legislation, which has persisted in spite of at least five mass shootings during his term.Well, there we go. Barry decided it was safe to lick the third rail, live on prime-time TeeWee. And why not? Everybody he knows is in favor of an Assault Weapons Ban; it's just common sense gun control.
What I love about this is how every time he gives the gun control issue the most tentative touch with the tip of his tongue (what he actually said was "Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced,") the media grabs him by the back of his head and turns it into a great, big sloppy slurp ("Obama Calls for Renewal of Assault Weapons Ban" blares the headline.) These guys are writing the NRA's ad copy for them.
Another thing I found interesting, in the same way I find the things that scurry off when I overturn a large rock interesting, was a remark by one commenter on a firearms forum I frequent, a member who came of pistol-buying age in '94:
Every AR & AK Pattern 'Modern Sporting Rifle' in our respective stables will immediately regain all of its value, and as time progresses that value will increase.That's Quisling talk, right there*. That turns my stomach almost as much as the guy I heard saying that he didn't want the Hughes Amendment repealed because then his modest collection of Stens and HK94 sear guns would nosedive in value.
*As well as displaying a shaky grasp of economics. An object has its intrinsic value in an open and unrestrained market. Putting artificial constraints on supply skews values: Witness the aforementioned Sten guns, which should be priced closer to a muffler than to the used car to which it's bolted.