Monday, January 7, 2013

Gunning It

Via the Washington Post:

The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration’s discussions.

A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.

To sell such changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association that one source said could include rallying support from Wal-Mart and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses. White House aides have also been in regular contact with advisers to New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I), an outspoken gun-control advocate who could emerge as a powerful surrogate for the Obama administration’s agenda.

I know for a fact that more than a few certified gun nuts (as opposed to the regular law-abiding gun owners) are already watching the skies for the black helicopters that will swoop in and take all their guns… which is ironic since these are the same people who proclaim that the guvamint can’t get anything right and point at the Post Office as their proof of inefficiency (except the Post Office is not run by the government any more and let’s see you try to deliver a package from here to Toledo in two days for $8, fella).

This is another fight we should want to have.  For one thing, it will reveal just how nutty the NRA is about anything that skates within a hundred miles of possible “well regulated” firearms, and given the fact that the right wing already thinks that the Secret Gay Muslim Kenyan Socialist is out for their guns, what have they got to lose by making a feint in the direction of their worst fears?

It won’t get anywhere, but it will be fun to watch.