Re: Gun control discussions in the wake of the Newtown, CT deaths
Originally Posted by Moderator
Kind of like what's been happening with gun control for years in spite of incident after incident of innocent people being gunned down and people talking about there needing to be something done? I absolutely agree with you that it's a package deal and the message I'm hearing from the President is he understands that, too. The problem will be keeping the lobbyists out of the picture so that the dialogue on all aspects doesn't get swept under the rug yet again before policies and legislation is put in place to make a difference.
But there was no give and take on prior gun control measure in recent years, NOTHING GOT DONE… no give and take, no this now - something later. They (both D's and R's) let the 10 year Federal Assault Weapons Ban lapse. There just was no political muster to get things done. But now there is momentum. And gun advocates rightfully believe if they give on something in hopes of something else happening, they will just be whistling in the wind. And lets face it, there is the proverbial slippery slope. Once you get the public to formally demonize something, it only begins the downhill slide. Look at smoking in public places as a prime example.
I fear Biden’s committee will be akin to Amnesty under Reagan and Tax Increases under Bush the Elder. Give Amnesty now (HAPPENS) and we will secure the border and go after employers later (DOESN’T HAPPEN), or tax increases now (HAPPENS) and cut spending later (DOESN’T HAPPEN). Anyone want to bet it will be… get gun control now (WILL HAPPEN) and security measures and mental health improvements later (DOESN’T HAPPEN)? I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it.