Guns: Fading from National Conversation, But Still Generating Some Unpleasant Mania

21fd788d859e0dd31adcd37a9d168a2461ba Guns: Fading from National Conversation, But Still Generating Some Unpleasant Mania

As Reason 24/7 noted earlier today, guns and gun
regulations are
fading from the public conversation post-Sandy Hook a bit
quicker than most would have predicted.While I wrote this American Conservative article
“Gun
Control R.I.P.” before Sandy Hook, I still think its prediction
that American citizens or politicians are not going to be quick to
support much in the way of increased gun control will likely hold
up, though the future remains devilishly difficult to predict.At any rate, a return to the gun control status quo of a decade
ago via a revival of the pointless but somewhat popular “assault
weapon ban,” if that even ends up happening, is still not much
in the way of advanced gun control on the march. I think the main
reason for this is not that we are bloody-minded lunatics in thrall
to the NRA, but that most people realize that no constitutional or
effective gun control regulation would have stopped Sandy Hook or
likely stop any future Sandy Hooks and are thus more an emotional
reaction than a logical policy one, and one that will cause trouble
for the innocent more than stop the would-be guilty.As Emily Ekins
pointed out here last week, majorities in Gallup Polls still
are against bans of either handguns or semiautomatic rifles, though
58 percent post-Sandy Hook are generically in favor of “stricter
gun laws,” which is a huge rise from 43 percent in 2011.But, as I discussed in “Gun Control R.I.P.,” for most Americans
its not such an important issue one way or the other, with the
colorful, exciting parts of the gun control debate remaining on a
fringe of people for whom the issue short circuits both logic and
decency. For an example,
see this op-ed [link fixed] in a
respectable big-city daily, the Des Moines Register, from
a back-from-retirement venerable columnist Donald Kaul, from last
week:
Repeal the Second Amendment, the part about guns anyway. It’s
badly written, confusing and more trouble than it’s worth. It
offers an absolute right to gun ownership, but it puts it in the
context of the need for a “well-regulated militia.” We don’t make
our militia bring their own guns to battles. And surely the
Founders couldn’t have envisioned weapons like those used in the
Newtown shooting when they guaranteed gun rights. Owning a gun
should be a privilege, not a right.
• Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership
illegal. Hey! We did it to the Communist Party, and the NRA has led
to the deaths of more of us than American Commies ever did. (I
would also raze the organization’s headquarters, clear the rubble
and salt the earth, but that’s optional.) Make ownership of
unlicensed assault rifles a felony. If some people refused to give
up their guns, that “prying the guns from their cold, dead hands”
thing works for me.
• Then I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our
esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck
and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun
control.
And people wonder why those protective of their weapons or
weapon-related rights don’t entirely trust their fellow citizens
who seem very excitable on the topic of increasing gun control.Mr. Kaul does not represent a majority opinion among those
calling for more gun regulations. Still, what other human or
constitutional right would see calls for its complete abolition,
its practitioners and believers declared criminals and, a little
bit more than implicitly, killed (“‘cold, dead hands’ thing works
for me….”), and at any rate its political supporters explicitly
violently assaulted in a particularly bloody way (“drag them around
the parking lot….”) published blithely in a major newspaper?Similarly, the sometimes perspicacious and usually hilarious
Ruben Bolling
seems to believe that the Second Amendment is far more
stringently protected than the First. (If that’s not what he means,
can’t really figure out the joke or the point of that strip.)

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Guns: Fading from National Conversation, But Still Generating Some Unpleasant Mania


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