You can always count on The Daily Beast to take a reasonable position on the events of the day. That is, if your idea of reasonable is a far left dreamworld where conservatives sleep in coffins and feast on minorities under the light of the full moon. Relentlessly liberal, the Beast can dig up conservative boogeymen in the most unlikely of places. Thus, it’s no surprise to see a writer characterize the position of the NRA as “Arm the Mentally Ill!”
In case you didn’t hear, the Obama administration announced this week they are looking to unleash a slew of new gun control regulations without bothering to check with the American people or Congress. Through the ATF, Obama wants to limit access to firearms for people with misdemeanor domestic violence convictions and those seeking psychiatric treatment. Responding responsibly, the NRA merely pointed out that these restrictions would needlessly confuse misdemeanors with felonies and discourage people from getting help for their mental illnesses.
But according to the Daily Beast, the NRA has “finally jumped the shark.”
It’s an effort to prevent President Obama from engaging in the unprecedented confiscation of all guns, a move they’ve predicted since the day they heard the name Obama and just knew something had gone awry.
Ah. It’s just the name Obama that makes the NRA believe he’s out to ban guns? It wouldn’t be the numerous times he’s tried to place restrictions on the Second Amendment? It wouldn’t be his fiercely anti-gun surgeon general? It wouldn’t be his attempt to pass broad legislation in the wake of Sandy Hook? Or Operation Choke Point? Or any of a million speeches he’s given making it clear that he has a different view of the Second Amendment than the text justifies?
Nah, it’s probably just his name. The NRA is going after the racist hicks once again, stirring up trouble.
It gets old, this mischaracterization. There are better things to do than get worked up about this liberal trash, but unfortunately this kind of sentiment is all too common. Liberals are driven entirely by emotion on the issue of gun control, and their minds will not be changed by statistics, stories, or facts. Guns are a tool of the white male oppression machine, and they will go to the ends of the earth to prove that they should be banned one and all.
It’s too bad, because there is plenty of room for healthy discussion on the subject of gun control. But liberals are done trying to have a discussion. They’ve decided that anyone who opposes any form of gun control wants to see children shot in their classrooms. And once you adopt this idiotic view of the world, nothing will knock you off your perch. Let’s take comfort in the fact that most Americans have a more moderate view of gun control, and let’s keep refuting the loonies with logic and patience. We won’t change their minds, but we can at least make sure others aren’t being hypnotized by their arguments. That, at this stage in the game, is about the best we can do.