If you’ve never heard of wonkette.com, I envy your existence. And if you want to check it out, don’t do it sober. It’s the stomping ground for the antithesis of all that is TTAG, the substitution of emotion for logic, of gossip in place of fact, and a place where all gun owners are terrible people. They ran a piece recently about the NRA’s suit against the provision of the 1968 GCA that bars those under 21 from buying a handgun through a dealer and, well, I’ll just give you an excerpt . . .
Good Christ it is really getting hard for us to come up with snappy ways to write about the NRA. What do you do with an organization so consistently terrible and deliberately tone-deaf? There’s just no hyperbole left, people! So we’ve really got no clever way to tell you that the NRA is pretty much one step away from demanding that the law mandate that babies are given a gun the very second they exit the womb.
So the youth of America can get a handgun from a private sale. The youth of American can get a shotgun from a dealer. But, tragedy of tragedies, the youth of America cannot get a handgun from a dealer. What is this world coming to when college students have to go TWO WHOLE DIFFERENT PLACES to get a gun? America needs a new MLK, a new Abraham Lincoln, a new George Washington, to lead us out of the dark days of semi-inconvenient gun buying, and the NRA is here to take us to the mountaintop.
This being Wonkette, their knee-jerk reaction to anything the NRA says or does is to immediately assume the opposite position. If the NRA said the sky was blue, I’m pretty sure they’d throw up a post within minutes claiming that it’s actually pink. It’s a state of mind, one of instant vilification without any thought whatsoever on the matter, something that’s inherent in most gun control advocates and leads to some interesting conclusions. Like the idea of civilian disarmament being for the benefit of all mankind.
Then there’s the derision and condescension with which they view all gun owners . . .
Greetings Wonkeristas, and welcome back to our occasional tour through the dissipated, sand-blasted desert hellscape that is the hive mind of the all-guns-all-the-time Second Amendment fetishists. We would visit more often but this is a terrible place and everyone who lives in it is terrible. Let us talk about one of the terrible ideas for which these terrible people advocate and then sneer at it, as is our wont.
And of course, since they’re conditioned to think that the NRA and all those in favor of firearms ownership are, by definition, evil, they completely forget to consider that perhaps the NRA has a point. For example, states where you need a permit to purchase a handgun, like California, New York and New Jersey, and where the transfer is required to go through an FFL. Or states that are cracking down on the “gun show loophole” and requiring sales to involve a trip to the gun dealer. In those cases, there’s no way to legally purchase a handgun if you’re under 21.
Instead, Wonkette opposes the NRA’s attempt to let all adults – including 18- to 20-year olds – purchase handguns from a gun dealer. Which means that the world they are advocating is one in which the only way a teenager can get their hands on a gun is one that doesn’t involve a background check. Therefore, Wonkette is against background checks for teenagers purchasing guns.
It’s fun to use the logic (or lack thereof) of gun control advocates against them, isn’t it?