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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Archive for November 7th, 2012

Massad Ayoob


Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Well, the good news is, the likelihood of violent post-election civil disturbance just went down: those who made the threats to do so, just lost their motive.

For gun owners, the bad news is obvious: a long-time opponent of gun owners’ civil rights will now perceive himself to have a mandate to carry out that part of his agenda, which he so carefully avoided during his first term.

My own deepest concern is what is going to happen with the Supreme Court. We will see multiple new Justices put forth soon. We need to let those who represent us on Capitol Hill know where we stand on that. President Obama made it starkly clear toward the end of the debates that he wanted to reinstate the “Assault Weapons Ban,” and we need to remind those elected officials who speak for us where we stand on that, too.

A few months ago when the Republican platform was announced, there were things in it that appalled me.  I told my significant other, “They’ve just killed themselves.”  I wish it had not been prophetic.  But those things are outside my purview as the “gun guy” at the Backwoods Home blogs, so I’ll discuss it no further.

It’s gonna be interesting to see what the final figures are, and whether those who went “third party” did a “Perot spoiler” thing again or not…

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