Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta reckons “expanded background checks” are the “middle ground” in the “debate” over gun control. Wrong. Gun rights advocates consider expanded background checks as acceptable as a safety on a revolver. But what does the California Jesuit school graduate (who never saw military action) know about Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms? Niente. Less forgivable: James Johnson. If the Baltimore County Police Chief doesn’t know that “gun violence” is gang violence, that background checks are nothing more than politically correct feel-good security theater, then he’s an idiot. (Not entirely beyond the realm of possibility but not highly likely.) As for Sarah Brady’s ongoing crusade to do whatever it takes to “keep guns out of the wrong hands” good luck with that. Or, on the ends don’t justify the means level, not.