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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Archive for January 28th, 2011

Massad Ayoob


Friday, January 28th, 2011

President Obama was vehemently anti-gun before he entered the White House. He has been conspicuously silent on the issue since, for obvious reasons. Bill Clinton himself made it clear that the Assault Weapons Ban came back to bite the Democratic Party hard in the subsequent election, and Al Gore’s position on the issue may well have cost him the election. Why NOT let it drop? Barack Obama has many very pressing issues, and a man as smart as he SHOULDN’T be wasting time on hollow, feel-good legislation while he sits in the Oval Office.

However, we’re now ominously told that a statement on “gun control” is forthcoming from POTUS:

The “usual suspects” have predictably already introduced legislation you may find even more Draconian than the Clinton Assault Weapons Ban, which honest people seem to agree did absolutely nothing to reduce crime in its ten years of existence. Carolyn McCarthy has introduced this bill in the House of Representatives, and Frank Lautenberg has introduced the following in the Senate:

Déjà vu, all over again.

They’ll use the 30+-round magazine in the gun of the Tucson killer as the pivot point of their attack on your rights to own firearms of a kind that have been part of America since the 19th Century.

The sort of people who fear “high capacity magazines” are the ones who have no plan but to lie down and play dead – or die – if they’re ever in the presence of someone like mass-murderer Jared Loughner in Tucson earlier this month.

But the people who appreciate that sort of technology are the ones who are determined enough to fight back against such monsters, even if they have to stand alone. People such as Condoleezza Rice’s dad, who sat alone on the front porch of the family home with a gun in his lap to ward off sheet-head racists back in the days of a gun-owning Republican named Martin Luther King.

I’ll have more to say about the magazine capacity matter in days to come…but I’d like to hear what YOU folks think.

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