Skip to comments.Gun Controllers: Wide of the Mark: Advocates were fooling themselves from the beginning.
Posted on 04/18/2013 6:30:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The gun bill is dead, but for the shouting. That will come now, thick and fast. Shame on you, political cowards! its crestfallen supporters will say, and then they will lash out at the NRA, the Republican party, and, very probably, the Senate itself. This will no doubt be cathartic. But those who indulge such temptations will have drawn the wrong conclusion. With a toxic combination of wishful thinking and mistaken reading of polls, the advocates of stricter control had managed to convince themselves that America was changing in their favor. As recently as last week, Eleanor Clift prophesied on The McLaughlin Group that the culture of guns is beginning to go through a transformation in this country. Clift, who appears to be stuck in a bubble, had not yet caught up to reality.
After the abomination at Newtown, Alaska senator Mark Begich, a Democrat, warned of a sea change. This conceit was picked up by the media and propagated without criticism or thought and, within a few days, it became conventional wisdom. The president went around the country insisting that it is clear that the American people want action and repeating his ever-present conviction that now is the time. Fearing a backlash, the investment group Cerberus pulled out of the gun business altogether, arguing that the Sandy Hook tragedy was a watershed event. The Washington Posts Greg Sargent, in his hourly columns, alternated between genuine belief that there was momentum in favor of change, poor attempts to divine such momentum from the silence, and open advocacy leaving his readers unhappily unsure as to which was which.
National polls, cited as if they were argument-winners, are irrelevant especially when it comes to the Senate. There is a touch of Pauline Kael about todays progressive indignation. The population centers in California, Illinois, and New York may still be up in arms your friends, too but most other states probably do not have pro-gun-control majorities and, when it comes to regulating firearms, most Americans appear to err on the side of caution. Take a look at the Brady Campaigns scorecard, which tracks the severity of gun laws across America:
Geography aside, the gun-control movement has another problem: Gun-rights advocates are just infinitely more interested in this issue than the average American. Bill Clinton warned Democrats about this in January, urging them to remember that these polls that you see saying the public is for us on all these issues they are meaningless if theyre not voting issues. Message: Gun owners are engaged; most people are not. Mother Joness Kevin Drum put his finger on this this morning:
How did this happen even though, as liberals remind us endlessly, 90 percent of the American public supports background checks? Because about 80 percent of those Americans think it sounds like a reasonable idea but dont really care much. I doubt that one single senator will suffer at the polls in 2014 for voting against Manchin-Toomey.
As they regroup, gun restrictionists might look at their tactics. The shiny new Gun-Control Thesaurus, in which gun control was seamlessly replaced by gun safety, gun-violence prevention, and gun responsibility, did nothing much to help their cause. Likewise, supplanting the already misleading term assault weapon with weapon of war, military weapon, or combat weapon. Advocates penchant for the wider culture war led them to vilify gun-rights advocates as ridiculous or paranoid and to cast basic liberties as antithetical to the interests of the nations children, turning potential allies off and leading to 52 percent of Americans disapproving of how the president dealt with the issue.
The public quickly switched off. Try as they might, nobody on the restrictionists side could get past the fact that laws banning assault weapons, limiting magazine size, and forcing background checks upon all gun transfers would do nothing to stop maniacs. They could not present ploys such as if it can save one life . . . without looking manipulative and desperate. People can tell when their representatives dont know what theyre talking about, and they know when theyre being played. Gallups revelation in March that only 4 percent of Americans considered guns to be the most important issue facing the country instructed us that Senator Begichs warning of real changes being imminent was wrong his sea change a mirage. How do I know? Today, he too voted against it.
Charles C. W. Cooke is an editorial associate at National Review.
I thought the old hag would go away at some point in time. Is she even still alive?
Maybe Joe Manchin, Pat Toomey, Gabby Giffords, Dianne Feinstein and Bronco ‘Bama can find some more dead kids to climb on and give it another whirl.
Talk about living in a bubble. They ignored the frenzy of purchases of arms and ammo.
Leftists have no idea what is going on in the country, and this is their profound weakness going into the future.
It’s dangerous to everyone that the left underestimates the resistance they would/will face.
The underlying bill is still alive, and the senate is having votes on two more amendments to it, around noon today. I think the gun grabbers are keeping options open for at least the weekend. Watch what the press says for hints as to whether the gun grabbers are going to go away quietly (for a little while), or not.
Toomey yesterday told a local newspaper that he’ll deal with a primary challenge “if I decide to run again”.
What’s a six-letter word for “toast”?
No they weren't... they were trying to fool 96% of the public.
That’s exactly why the GOP needs to stop playing defense and go on the offense and start pushing repeal of unconstitutional gun laws.
Most people are not against reasonable restrictions. But they know underneath all the talk by leftist Dems about not wanting to take their guns, they do want to take their guns.
Yeah I know. I just couldn’t help it. It was something to celebrate for a change. Obama getting mad and Biden pouting.
Someday when the banners feel the time is right, they WILL come for your guns. Hopefully less engaged gun owners have had a wake-up call. I'd like to see the NRA at 5-6 million members or more, but unfortunately I doubt that will happen.
“Eleanor Clift prophesied on The McLaughlin Group that ‘the culture of guns is beginning to go through a transformation in this country.’
After all, everyone SHE talks to is now against guns. So it must be the same everywhere!!!