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Your Depressing Gun Control Update

by evanmcmurry

The compromise between Toomey and Manchin on background checks, which is supposed to break the impasse on the only facet of gun control that stands a chance of passing, also includes the following:

The agreement also contains provisions expanding firearms rights, and that concerns gun control supporters. Some restrictions on transporting guns across state lines would be eased, sellers would be shielded from lawsuits if the buyer passed a check but later used a firearm in a crime and gun dealers could conduct business in states where they don’t live.

And so our response to Newtown has become a loosening of gun laws. This is part of securing a “compromise” for background checks, which 80-90% of Americans support, depending on the poll. And the families of Newtown will be lobbying legislators just to pass this. And it still might not pass.

Here’s the relevant part of Obama’s response:

bipartisan…

To which Charles Pierce rejoinds:

To belabor the obvious, any compromise brokered on the issue of gun control between Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey is not “bipartisan” just because one of them is a Democrat and the other is a Republican…on this particular issue, there isn’t enough room between Manchin and Toomey to shine a flashlight. To call the deal struck today “bipartisan” is to fetishize the adjective into virtual uselessness.

Back to your regularly scheduled program of wondering whether you might be shot today.

It’s A Great Day To Be A Gun Nut

by evanmcmurry

Having a guy named Barack Obama actually propose gun legislation, after four years of stubbornly refusing to act like the tyrant of your imagination, must be to a gun nut what the rapture is to an evangelist: an awful event that finally gives meaning to all your displaced anger.

The Value of Blaming Video Games For Mass Shootings

by evanmcmurry

Blaming video games for violence is so 1990s, yet there Mr. LaPierre was. Any port in a storm, I guess. But a commenter on WaPo’s transcript of LaPierre’s remarks shows the value of the impugning video games, even today:

The problem is with the media, the video gaming industry, and Hollywood moguls who backed Obama’s re-election campaign with the money made from violent games and movies; not the NRA or their stupid idea to arm teachers.

In one sentence, a man shooting 27 people with a bunch of guns he never should have had becomes Obama’s fault. I can’t imagine that anybody, even diehard gun advocates, honestly thinks violent video games played any role in the Newtown shooting. But they’ll eat up the image of Obama stuffing his pockets with blood money, whether or not it has anything to do with anything.

Obama Calls For Gun Control, If By “Call” You Mean “Does Nothing”

by evanmcmurry

Here’s the headline:

Obama calls for more steps to curb violence, including gun control

Holy crap, he did?!?

Here’s the body:

Acknowledging sensitivity of the issue, he said he nonetheless believes that even gun owners would agree “that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of children.” He offered no specific proposals but referred to background checks to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons, and preventing guns from getting into the hands of the mentally unbalanced. Previous efforts to do the same have been thwarted by political opposition and the reluctance of sympathetic elected officials to take on the National Rifle Assn., among the nation’s most potent lobbying forces.

So, no, he didn’t. Back to work, everybody. (via LA Times)