January 9, 2013
JOE BIDEN said today that Obama is considering enacting new gun control measures by executive order. See The Weekly Standard. One man walks into an elementary school and commits a horrible and devastating massacre and the entire nation is under siege, so much under siege that the president must enact emergency measures, as if a foreign enemy had just landed on our shores. All this in a country where it is almost never reported when an armed citizen stops a gunman. Biden said, “It is critically important that we act.” Critically important? What is so critically important that normal legislative processes are expendable?
I have been inclined to dismiss the possibility of extreme new restrictions on guns, but now I believe they are likely. The Newtown massacre is a beautiful opportunity to divert the nation’s attention and display sham authority. Gun owners are the new scapegoats. As Matthew Bracken writes:
Scapegoating an unpopular group is standard operating procedure for budding socialist dictators wrecking once-free economies.