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As you might expect, there have been an enormous amount of things said and written in the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting. While the usual suspects have made emotional appeals for gun control and crowned a late night comedian the “conscience of America” (both right out of the gun-control playbook for these incidents), there has been a significant amount of clue dispensed about the efforts to preserve and expand our innate right to armed self-defense.
- Six Reasons Why Your Right-Wing Friend Isn’t Coming To Your Side On Gun Control A really good write-up on the mistakes that the gun control crowd keeps making over and over and over again.
- The NRA’s Strategic Ploy On Bump Stocks Chris Cilliza gets it: It’s better for the NRA to give up a little ground now and go for a wide expansion of gun rights later.
- The True Secret Of The NRA’s Success I don’t know if Jonah Goldberg has ever attended an NRA Annual Meeting, but he is spot-on here.
- Why Do We Ignore Initiatives That Reduce Gun Violence? Leaving that offensive term “gun violence” out of things, we ignore the violence because we haven’t figured out that the solution to violence in the streets begins with street-level solutions, not a national debate on guns.
What’s been interesting to watch is how the NRA’s request to have the ATF take another look at the bump fire devices has let out all the air in the gun control bubble. The ginned-up outrage over Wayne LaPierre’s “good guy with a gun” remarks after Sandy Hook lasted for weeks but now, because of the NRA’s pre-emptive move and the lecherous actions of a big-time Hollywood producer and Democrat donor, the news cycle is moving away from gun control on to other things.
As they should. Because this is what happens when guns become part of your lifestyle: They no longer become “controversial,” they become part of your life.Published in