Wednesday, April 20, 2011
- More Gun Control Kabuki
The battle by Democrats to shove additional gun regulation down the throats of American citizens continues to be one of those fascinations for me. As even a cursory glance of recent electoral history can clearly tell you, Americans don't want it, but Democrat pols just can't leave it alone.
And it's not just contrary to the clearly stated will of the people, it also has a negative impact on their safety, is openly opposed by the single most powerful (certainly the most unified) lobbying group in the country, and even the supreme court has said that the most extreme forms of gun regulation are out and out unconstitutional.
But even with the people, the courts, and powerful lobbyists all lined up foursquare against additional regulation, since it's still directly in the interests of Democrat politicians, they just can't let it go.
The thing about people like Lautenberg, and the other anti-gun pols mentioned here is they know what the anti-gun debate is really about. It's about power. They know that if the people have that power, then they don't. And that is not a vision of America that works for them. They want to be able to force the American people to do things their way - and so long as private citizens have the right to be armed, that isn't going to be possible. So they'll keep trying to whittle away their rights in the hope that one day it will be so hard to legally get and keep a gun, that no one will do it.
What do they want to be able to force American citizens to do? Who knows - anything, everything. Any look at the history of socialism will give you some truly chilling ideas. And our socialists are no different than the socialists who came before them.
The good news however, is that this Washington Post article, talking up this nameless regulatory drone sounds more like he's being groomed for a future congressional bid than anything else. Yes it shows that the leaders of the Democrat party as still having an cursory interest in stealth gun control - but honestly, this should come as no surprise.
As the man said, "people in hell want ice water - it doesn't mean they're going to get it." Gun control is as close to political kryptonite as it gets for Democrats. Except for NJ, CT, and the urban centers in NY, IL, and CA - gun control is a surefire ticket to electoral oblivion. And thanks to genuine advocates in TX, TN, and much of the rest of the country, even the stealth mechanisms won't get too far.
And the thing that's really unique about the gun debate is that in the end, it's all kabuki anyway. The government can pass all the laws they want but the people in this country won't give up their firearms - ever. They know that whatever the rhetoric may say, the gun control debate is not about public safety - it's about control. "You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hands." is not just a motto - it's a mission statement. When America's pro-gun community says molon labe, they mean it.
The fact that most Democrat pols know but probably don't want to acknowledge, is that the order to confiscate privately held firearms in America will probably be the last act of the very last American president. So most of what they do now is just posing to ensure that the anti-gun dollars keep flowing.
It's all just kabuki.