So Barack Obama’s given up on banning assault weapons. I guess that shouldn’t surprise us: the Democratic Party’s gutlessness on the issue of gun control has hardly been hidden from view in recent years. I suppose there was no reason to expect Obama to be any different.
Thus, instead of a clean ban on weapons that serve no real purpose other than providing the technology to kill lots of people quickly, we’re going to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into trying to reduce the number of these weapons smuggled into Mexico (which, like all such programs, will inevitably fail).
I mean, why should we keep sharing all the fun with the Mexicans?
President Obama did say that he still personally favors banning assault weapons; it’s just that trying to enact such a ban would be politically inconvenient. You know, just like prosecuting people for torture would be politically inconvenient. And God knows we don’t want to be inconveniencing our political leaders.
What’s particularly pathetic about all this is that Democrats are even wrong about the politics of the issue: they seem to think they can appease the gun lobby. They can’t. In fact, let’s take a minute to revisit a discussion we had here in the café on this very subject a couple of years ago:
“That’s what makes me so angry,” sighed Winston. “Most of the leaders in the Democratic Party know sensible gun control is needed. And they know it would save lives. But for political reasons they’ve decided to stop fighting the gun lobby.”
Horace nodded. “They’re giving the devil a pass.”
“And what’s so stupid about this,” continued Winston, “is it won’t work. Not a chance. Trying to play nice with hardcore gun fanatics is like trying to accommodate cancer and then hoping that it will be reasonable with you in return. But it doesn’t work that way, does it? No, the cancer just keeps growing, demanding more and more of you. The gun lobby’s the same way. It isn’t enough to keep ownership of most handguns legal; they also insist that cop killing bullets must be allowed. Protecting private ownership of high powered hunting rifles isn’t sufficient; no, people also have to be allowed to have semi-automatic weapons that were designed for use in wars. The legal right to keep guns in your home for self protection isn’t enough; instead, people have to be allowed to carry them wherever they want. You know, at the park where your kids play. At the outdoor concert where everyone is getting liquored up.”
“And doesn’t that make you feel safer?” said Horace. “I mean, knowing that the obnoxious drunk sitting next to you may be packing heat . . . and that he may have a perfect legal right to be doing so.”
Winston shook his head in disgust. “And it isn’t even just about gun ownership. These same bastards are also going around the country working to weaken homicide laws . . . trying to expand the legal definition of when it’s alright to kill people. They’re literally trying to make murder legal. And it will never stop. They’ll just keep demanding more and more. And people are going to die because of it.”
And sadly, two years later, this cowardly Democratic sellout to the most extreme elements of the gun lobby is still going strong — with no sign of “change” on the horizon.
I guess change, like time and space, is a relative thing.