The ginned-up objections to guns have never been more heated, nor the dangers for self-serving politicians doing something stupid to appease mob rage more likely. The collective "personality" of the Republic in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School atrocities could, at best, be described as split, with emphasis on the crazy half. And in a national acting out of the "For The Children" mantra, the Biblical prediction "And a little child shall lead them" is being misapplied and followed blindly.
The press is in an eye-rolling feeding frenzy, imposing its trademark anti-gun bias, subject matter ignorance and lies of omission on allegedly "straight news" while screaming for citizen disarmament in its editorials. The New York Times, "the newspaper of record," proudly featured demands to "repeal the Second Amendment" in its op-eds, as have no shortage of other media outlets.
Politically, the Democrats are predictable. Their opportunists vie for the spotlight to advance their "leadership" creds on "common-sense gun safety laws." Also unsurprising are many Republicans, forgetting who put them in their positions of power and privilege, but now ready to throw supporters under the bus to placate people who would never vote for them regardless.
"If all the sudden you couldn't buy an AR-15, what would you lose?" Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich asked angrily on CNN. "Would you feel your Second Amendment rights would be eroded because you couldn't buy a God-darned AR-15?"
"I absolutely believe that in this country, if you are 18 years of age, you should not be able to buy a rifle, and I will support a law that takes that right away," Sen. Marco Rubio pandered to an inflamed mob at a CNN town hall meeting.
Even President Donald Trump is talking "gun control." In one case, surpassing anything a Democrat would dare admit to, he declared "Take the guns first, go through due process second."
Also feckless were some of the businesses that have enjoyed profitable relationships with the National Rifle Association. Car companies and airlines were quick to distance themselves from discount programs. Chubb Insurance announced a pull-out from NRA's Carry Guard program. Walmart upped the age for firearm purchases to 21, as did Dick's Sporting Goods, which not only completed its divorce from semi-auto rifles, but also called on Congress to ban them and enact a host of other disarmament edicts.
The fact remains, in spite of all the...