I say all of this as a gun owner. I say it as a conservative who was appointed to the federal bench by a Republican president. I say it as someone who prefers Fox News to MSNBC, and National Review Online to the Daily Kos. I say it as someone who thinks the Supreme Court got it right in District of Columbia vs. Heller, when it held that the 2nd Amendment gives us the right to possess guns for self-defense. (That’s why I have mine.) I say it as someone who, generally speaking, is not a big fan of the regulatory state.
Unless it suits his purpose, of course.
What is it he ‘says as a conservative,’ that wasn’t what I wanted to hear this morning? This:
Bring back the assault weapons ban, and bring it back with some teeth this time. Ban the manufacture, importation, sale, transfer and possession of both assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Don’t let people who already have them keep them. Don’t let ones that have already been manufactured stay on the market. I don’t care whether it’s called gun control or a gun ban. I’m for it.
Oh, but he’s totally cool with “guns for self-defense.” So he says. After all, he’s got his. And lots of beefy guys will show up with those “assault weapons” he’s so afraid of, should he ever squeal in terror at the sight of an armed “civilian.” He’s a federal judge and needs to be protected. That’s only “reasonable.”
Cowardly hypocrites. How I despise them.
You want to know the real mind of a statist? It’s right here in plain sight.
To guarantee that there would never be another Tucson or Sandy Hook, we would probably have to make it a capital offense to so much as look at a gun. And that would create serious 2nd Amendment, 8th Amendment and logistical problems.
Oh. Well. If it would cause “logistical problems,” I suppose Stalin Junior Grade here will have to give it a miss. Sorry about that. But imagine the mind of a person who would contemplate “mak(ing) it a capital crime to so much as look at a gun,” and dismiss the notion – not on moral or ethical grounds, not because it is anathema to everything an American should or would ever stand for, not because the very idea is monstrous – but because there are procedural issues that render it impractical.
This is what I’m supposed to put my faith in? This? I think not.
H/T to Codrea.