Jan 21, 201309:11 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
About guns, free choice, Act 10, the incumbent, and Mike Miller
(page 1 of 2)
Today’s Bring It! is slavered with an extra dollop of farm-fresh, high fructose corn syrup! Enjoy!
Stopped in at Saturday’s Guns Across America event at the State Capitol. I estimate the crowd at 300. Well behaved, without the usual liberal hecklers. (That may be due to our liberal acquaintances’ well-documented paranoia in re firearms. You know us gun nuts! Anything can set us off!)
One liberal, well behaved except for the beret on his head, did offer a respectful counterpoint at the entrance to the event, in front of the statue of the well-known Norwegian (Hans Christian Heg). I informed the fellow, also in a respectful tone, that he was at that moment standing in the safest place in the Emerald City.
About Joe Biden’s gun control measures, Chi Trib columnist Steve Chapman (syndicated in the Wisconsin State Journal) got it right: meh!
Ban anything bigger than a 10-round clip? Yeah, I can live with that. But then, I have no clips (prefer revolvers). (Cue Dietrich Bonhoeffer: ... then they came for me.) Lock up the crazies? Check. Background checks on person-to-person gun sales? How would that work? Me, I pay cash, not checks.
Banning so-called “assault rifles”? They’re really no different from Dave (“The Citizen”) Cieslewicz’s semi-automatic hunting rifle, which he has offered to give up, “happily.” (But, apparently, someone else has to go first. Preferably, someone with criminal tendencies.) That ban will get lost somewhere in the maze called the House of Representatives.
Did the Founders anticipate AR-15 semi-automatic weapons when they wrote the Second Amendment? Of course not. Nor did they anticipate, when they wrote the First Amendment, 24/7 cable news, Facebook, or Ed Schultz.
Never underestimate the imperative of the political class to do ... something ... in the wake of a national trauma. Which is why Ronald Reagan was so special. Don’t just do something, he once commanded, stand there!
The Wall Street Journal’s indispensable James Taranto is properly aligned with Blaska’s Policy Werkes (and Tanning Salon’s) position:
This column favors allowing licensed adults to carry concealed firearms on school grounds. But hiring armed guards for every school would be a misallocation of public resources – an overreaction not unlike the various gun-control proposals the NRA rightly opposes.
Hear that, Madison school board member Ed Hughes? The Kuh-raziest Idea of 2013!