A good piece from the always-worth-reading Victor Davis Hanson: Confessions of a Counter-Revolutionary. Excerpt:
I have met very few academics, politicians, or journalists who knew much about guns. Few of them hunt. Most do not live in bad neighborhoods or drive long distances, sometimes through or into rough areas. I suspect few work alone at night. Few are plagued by woodpeckers destroying an eve on the barn, varmints digging under the shed pavement, or a rabid coyote too close to the doghouse.
So when I hear a liberal expert propose yet another round of Second Amendment infringement, I expect confusion about magazines, clips, calibers, rifles, shotguns, pistols, “automatic” and “semi-automatic,” and “assault weapons.” (Four hours, black spray paint, a sheet of aluminum, cardboard, tin snips, solder, and super glue, and you perhaps could make my ancient semi-automatic .22 resemble a scary “assault rifle.”)
So far I have heard of no proposed legislation that would have stopped Sandy Hook or Columbine, tragically so. To have prevented another unhinged loser from shooting children and teens would have required a police state to have confiscated millions of previously sold legal weapons and ammunition, or to have had armed guards in the schools. There is no legal support for the former or political support for the latter.
The Sandy Hook shooter’s sick fascination with violent video games and his aberrant psychological state (or was it an autistic-like impairment?) were the stronger catalysts of his mayhem. Yet I know that the Obama administration has no desire to go after Hollywood moguls regarding gratuitous gun violence on the big screen, much less take on the ACLU and the psychiatry industry about either psychotropic drugs or the ability of the clearly unhinged to avoid incarceration.
There is a predictability in the liberal mindset: it prefers the iconic to the substantial in matters of controversy. Address the misdemeanor, ignore the felony.
Symbolism over substance is the very foundation of politics today. Name your area of public policy: Monetary and fiscal policy, crime, health care, education, whatever. The parliament of nincompoops in Washington – with a few exceptions – don’t know their asses from their faces about any of these topics.
We’re seeing proposed gun legislation from people who don’t know which end of the gun the bullets come out of. We’re seeing a massive health-care omnibus taking effect, passed into law by people who never read the bill. We’re seeing economic policy made by people who have never met a payroll or made a product – or produced any value, anywhere, anytime.
Is it any wonder we’re in the mess we’re in?