File this one under “no good deed goes unpunished.” The President of the United States pens an editorial on gun control for an Arizona newspaper. The resulting polemic garners hundreds of thousands if not millions of uniques for azstar.net. A few days later, the paper’s editorial staff doesn’t just bite the hand that feeds, they tear it off like a great white shark and rip it to shreds. Here’s the kicker: this they do not because they believe the President of the United States was dancing around the possibility of curtailing Second Amendment rights (as he surely was). But because he wimped-out on gun control. Check it out . . .
Obama’s call in the Arizona Daily Star last week for better firearms enforcement fell far short of the kind of common-sense, middle-of-the-road reforms that are needed in this country – and that also, ironically, generally prevail in public opinion polls . . .
. . . the president failed to step up and insist on meat-and-potato reforms that also are imperative, including several he supported in his campaign. Among them:
• Reinstating the expired federal ban on military-style assault weapons . . .
• Reinstating a federal ban on extended-capacity magazines . . .
• Closing the gun-show “loophole,” an intentional exception to the background check law which allows criminals and other undesirable gun buyers to acquire firearms in private sales . . .
• Improve the NICS system itself. It relies largely on data provided by the states, and many states – among them Arizona – don’t provide much, especially information about people found too dangerously mentally ill to legally purchase weapons.
• As we noted last month, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is badly underfunded. Obama should be leading the charge to get ATF into fighting shape . . .
That’s the problem with playing hot button issues like gun control straight down the middle: you please exactly no one. Well, except for the people who know (and care) nothing about the issue, who think you’re a swell guy for being so damn reasonable. Mission accomplished?