...But look, we're talkin' well-meaning, retirement-age, country-club Republicans. What were you expecting? (And who else are Congressmen gonna take seriously? Tattered hippies are okay for Bernie Saunders but that hemp-stamped buck stops there.)
I was pleased to see him stand up for the Second Amendment -- and I was pleased to see his focus (however hazy) was on kids and the dangers of enforced-victim zones.
The traditional media is, of course, outraged; which they had planned on being. If Wayne LaPierre had gone out on stage and suggested reinstating the '94 AWB, they'd'a damned him for half-measures.
Tam calls his presser "friendly fire," especially for the Gun Culture 2.0 folks, who grew up playing Call Of Duty and 99.999999999...% of whom did not proceed to shoot up a school full of kids. True -- but we are already taking heavy incoming fire from the real enemy and it hasn't let up, so I'm inclined to cut ol' Wayne a little slack -- just as long as NRA hies itself off to Capitol Hill and the various State Assemblies and Legislatures and lobbies good and hard. We've all got to keep those cards and letters and phone calls coming in, too -- but the towering intellects who write our laws need to see some well-groomed folks in quality suits presenting our side, too, or they'll think we're just more of those strange little people, who fix their car and their furnace but who don't really count.
If there was a message for us from today's press conference, it was that we mustn't relay on the NRA to carry this all by themselves. Oh, they're still all manner of useful and may well be chivvied into becoming usefuller (!) but there's no popping popcorn, fetching a fizzy drink and letting this play out in the headlines and the evening news.
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