The RI GOP is RIP. If Rhode Island Republicans held a baby-eating contest to raise money, it would barely ding their election chances. That said, the baby-eating thing would be far more acceptable to the New York Times editorial board than the current fundraiser: an AR-15 rifle raffle. “The Republican Party of Rhode Island is attracting well-deserved scorn for its plan to raise money Sunday by raffling an AR-15-style assault rifle — the same sort of modified military weapon used last December in the Newtown school massacre in neighboring Connecticut.” That’s a whole lot of fail in one paragraph, no? Suffice it to say, the rest of the editorial is similarly misleading and tone-deaf (to gun rights). I especially like (i.e. despise) the conclusion . . .
Party leaders are trying to take cover by righteously noting the raffle winner must submit to a background check. Background checks, of course, remain one of the more porous parts of gun safety law. Grotesque gun raffles are more proof of the gap between the anguish of the citizenry at repeated shooting sprees and the complacency of the politicians who do so little to address them.
Taking cover righteously. My guys! Well, they were until I left RI for TX, where I can exercise my gun rights in relative freedom—save in schools and when I want to open carry. Anyway, I think it’s funny that the Times calls background checks “one of the more porous parts of gun safety law.”
First, because of the unintentional irony; the paper constantly calling for universal background checks is saying that background checks don’t work. Second, the Gray Lady’s using the term “gun safety” instead of “gun control.” That is so not a winner for the antis. Lastly because it’s not complacency that stops pols from grabbing guns. It’s fear. And thank God for that.