March 16, 2008

FORGET 1988, MAY AS WELL GO FOR 1994 WHILE YOU'RE AT IT:

Gun control should be a hot topic among U.S. presidential aspirants (Albert R. Hunt, March 16, 2008, Bloomberg News)

This Tuesday is a rare one in the United States, without a presidential primary. The political fireworks instead will be at the Supreme Court, which will hear a case on whether the government can limit firearms.

In a country racked by gun violence, this should be a hot topic among presidential aspirants. It isn't.

The Democratic candidates, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois, and, less surprisingly, the likely Republican nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona, are ducking the issue. There is minimal attention to guns on any of their Web sites.

Every reputable poll shows most Americans believe in limits on gun use.

Most of the passion on the issue, however, is with the powerful gun lobby and its adherents.

Clinton and Obama believe that taking a dive on guns will make it easier to cut into Republican strength in Southern, Western and rural areas.


Boy, the Left is intent on turning their Convention into Masada, huh?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2008 12:26 PM
Comments

As much as we might wish otherwise, the Supreme Court is not deciding whether government can limit firearms. Government can limit firearms regardless of what the Supreme Court decides in this case. At issue is whether an arm of the federal government can ban citizens from owning handguns. That Al Hunt either doesn't understand the distinction, or doesn't dare make it clear, tells us all we need to know.

Posted by: Ibid at March 16, 2008 5:21 PM

Who gets to play the role of the 10th Legion? ; )

Posted by: Bartman at March 16, 2008 5:58 PM

No way can they feign "taking a dive" on gun rights . Both Mrs B.J. and Effendi Obama have established solid gun-grabber records.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 16, 2008 6:32 PM

"Limits on gun use"? Is that the new euphemism? Heck, even I believe in "limits on gun use," prominently including, "Thou shalt do no murder."

Posted by: Random Lawyer at March 17, 2008 11:27 AM
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