They’re not even trying to hide it anymore.

E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post, in the Houston Chronicle yesterday:

We’d all be safer, says the gun lobby, if every last one of us owned a gun.

Why is there so little pushback against assertions that are so transparently designed to prevent rather than promote dialogue? The answer lies in a profound timidity on the part of politicians in both parties. The Republicans are allied with the gun lobby and the Democrats are intimidated….

There are many reasons for this politics of timidity, not the least being a United States Senate that vastly overrepresents rural voters relative to suburban and urban voters. (The Electoral College overrepresents rural voters, too.) Add to this a Republican Party that will bow low before any anti-government argument that comes along, and a Democratic Party petrified of losing more rural support – and without any confidence that advocates of tougher gun laws will cast ballots on the basis of this issue.

So apparently, Dionne thinks we would be better off if urbanites could get away with basically telling the rural part of the electorate — in other words, the people who don’t have the luxury of having the police five minutes away — to go screw themselves. I guess that’s what you get when you live so long in the urban journalistic bubble like that, but he’d still quite deservedly be one of the first up against the wall when the balloon went up if we wanted to play by the rules by which Clinton played in Bosnia:

The war would certainly extend to those whose direct and support it– civilian or not– as they are primary targets…Bill Clinton extended our own rules of war in the Kosovo intervention to include the news media and other propagandists as legitimate targets.

No doubt Dionne doesn’t have a clue about that, or perhaps he is just whining, secure in the knowledge that as long as those rural interests keep those at bay who would do what he wanted, he can remain safe in his bubble.

As far as the “advocates of tougher gun laws cast(ing) ballots” goes, well, maybe they do cast ballots. But it seems to me to be pretty obvious that they’re outnumbered. I don’t know if the Brady Campaign vs. NRA membership would be an accurate indicator of anti-gunners vs. pro-gunners — it’s something like 28,000 for the Bradys vs. 4 million for the NRA — but if public polling is any indication, gun control is still at least as much of a loser at the polls as it was in 1994. And it’s probably more so, if Michael Bane’s musings on Gun Culture 2.0 are any indication.

And, of course, we haven’t even gotten to the at-very-best dubious constitutionality of gun bans. You will recall that when the Supreme Court handed down Heller v. District of Columbia, it ruled that arms “in common use” were protected by the Second Amendment. Considering the popularity of firearms like the Glock and AR-15, that protection would seem to extend to them. Of course it’s not as if progressives like Dionne give a damn about the Constitution anyway, so you might as well be talking to the moon by taking that tack with them.

But no matter. I don’t presume to say that there won’t ever be door-to-door gun confiscation, but the vigilance of gun owners has paid off quite a bit since 1994. And there’s no doubt the movement has been helped along quite a bit by events like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. So let them whine. The rest of us will deal with reality.

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2 Responses to “They’re not even trying to hide it anymore.”

  1. Sabra Says:

    If he is kvetching about a so-called “overrepresentation of rural voters”, he plainly does not understand why our Republic is set up the way it is. I’m sure the phrase “tyranny of the majority” would merely confuse him; after all, majority rules in a democracy.

    Regardless, his belief that urbanites favor gun control is specious at best. I have lived in urban areas my whole life, and it is because of that that I favor gun rights. Loosely speaking, fewer people = fewer criminals = less crime. I’m not saying that the countryside is absolutely safe, just that if your nearest neighbors are half a mile away, the chances that one of their visitors will decide to walk over & help themselves to your stereo go down.

  2. Crotalus Says:

    E.J., your Danse Macabre is getting really old.

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