It must rather suck to be an anti-rights cultist these days… Your major organizations are getting their hands slapped when they are not too busy showing off their desperation, Constitutional Carry is slowly, inexorably marching across the country and only one state does not have some kind of allowance for the possibility of concealed carry, what used to be one of the firmest bastions of "gun control" extremism now calls out that zealotry for what it is, knowing how to shoot a gun is encouraged by society, the racist roots of "gun control" have been called out for what they are, people are rightfully disdaining your calls for not-really-"compromise", and now even public opinion has turned against "gun control".
Zouch. That has got to take a spring out of your step, no matter how inculcated in anti-rights cultism you might be.
Nearly three out of four respondents opposed handgun bans – an all-time high. There are now more Democrats with guns than there are liberals who want to take them away. A half-century ago, the gun grabbers held sway over public opinion. Today, even misleading terms like “assault weapon” aren’t enough to scare up majority support for gun control.
It is increasingly unfortunate that the entire "self-defense" movement seems to have fractured itself along the Republican/Democrat lines some time ago – one would think that the notion of women being able to defend themselves from rapists, people being able to defend themselves from home invaders, and intended murder victims defending themselves from their attackers would be principles which every man of every faith can embrace… and it would seem more of them are doing so, thankfully.
However, even moving past that schism and reintegration, the editorialist(s) raise a beautiful point – in its time, the Ban On Evil-Looking Firearms (otherwise known as the Assault Weapon Ban) received damned near complete support from almost every angle, corner, and crevice of the American political landscape. Almost everyone thought it was a good idea, and almost everyone wanted to be seen signing onto it, even if they had absolutely no idea what they were talking about.
Instead, decades later, after the AWB failed to deliver on its promises, and after its lapse failed to result in blood running in the streets, new attempts at banning similar firearms cannot even get out of committee… or even into them. The cause is as dead as "gun control" in general soon hopefully will be, and what is worse for the "gun control" extremists is that the firearms they so desperately sought to ban and regulate are now amongst the most popular platforms in the country for everything from home-defense to hunting to competition.
Talk about a pendulum swing.
For Heaven’s sake, this site gets a better traffic rank than the sites of all three major anti-rights organizations, and I do not have the multi-million dollar backing of the Joyce foundation… or anyone else, really. When a quiet, unassuming guy literally pounding away on his keyboard in his basement can get better traffic than professional political lobbyist… well, it would seem as though those lobbyists should consider figuring out what other marketable skills they might have that will pay the rent.
Cannot say as though I am sad about that, really.
(Courtesy of my mother, who actually nominated the first comment to the editorial, which I will probably get around to writing another post about.)