Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Gun Control Edition
Colorado guv John Hickenlooper on whether stricter gun regulations could have stopped the Aurora shooting:
If there were no assault weapons available and no this or no that, this guy is going find something, right? He’s going to know how to create a bomb.
There you have it: if a regulation on the sale or purchase of a firearm won’t 100% stop all gun massacres from ever occurring, it’s invalid. Never mind that ordering the ingredients necessary to build a bomb is a good way to draw attention to the fact that you’re up to something, and that the government uses these exact methods to prevent terrorist plots all the time, and thus the fact that restricting sales of assault weapons would force would-be shooters into more nefarious areas would actually be a good way to stop their attacks. Nope: that James Holmes could have conceivably killed 12 people in one fell swoop using an explosive device that exists only in John Hickenlooper’s imagination means he gets all the assault weapons he can hold at one time.
One of two things is at play here: either Hickenlooper doesn’t understand the concept of incremental reform, which would make him a pretty lousy executive, or he understands it just fine and also knows he’s a Democratic governor of a swing state during a recession, and the last thing he wants to do is piss the NRA off. So he makes a blatantly ridiculous statement and everybody nods as if he had just advanced a cogent argument. This is exactly how the proverbial emperor comes to wear no clothes.