The term ‘useful idiot’ was originally attributed to Lenin, though that’s long since been questioned. Whatever its provenance, it’s come to mean a “propagandist for a cause whose goals they are not fully aware of, and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause.” And that’s why calling Mike “The Gun Guy” Weisser a useful idiot is far too generous. The term implies he’s been duped, that he has no idea that he’s doing the work of others. Make no mistake, Weisser knows exactly what he’s doing now that he’s become the civilian disarmament media’s (redundant, I know) go-to source for anti-gun agitprop. And now he’s not just pimping for more gun control, but also for a full-on police state . . .
In his latest post at his infrequently read blog entitled Sorry, But What’s Wrong With Gun Control, he slobbers all over himself in admiration of Massachusetts’ 2A-defying firearms regulation regime.
I don’t see anything wrong with talking about gun control. Not responsible, not reasonable, not sensible. Gun control. Control, control, control. And the reason I believe in gun control is very simple: It’s the only way we can hope to really make a dent in a public health issue that kills or injures more than 125,000 Americans every year.
Nothing really new there. It’s more of the same bilge he’s been spouting for years. But then there’s this:
In Massachusetts private transactions must be registered not with NICS but with the state, police have the arbitrary authority to deny or impose conditions on the issuance of a gun license even if the applicant passes the background check, and the Attorney General can determine which handguns can and cannot be sold based on whether the design of the weapon is considered child-safe; which means that a civilian can’t buy, among other products, a Glock. And by the way, the safe storage law, if violated, carries a four-year stretch in jail. (emphasis added)
Set aside the fact that (at least in theory) NICS is a background check system, not a registration process. You’d think a gun dealer would understand the distinction between a background check and registering gun owners and what they buy, but let’s chalk that up to sloppy writing.
What’s really troubling is the undying admiration he expresses for the fact that Bay State law enforcement has “the arbitrary authority to deny or impose conditions on the issuance of a gun license even if the applicant passes the background check.” Because nothing’s more American than unchecked police power.
Weisser may do a little jig around his gun store — wherever that may be — every time a prospective gun purchase or private sale transaction is denied for no apparent reason, but most people recognize that as a clear infringement on the Constitutionally protected right of Americans to keep and bear arms. That he sees it as a desirable feature of an enlightened society is troubling and more than a little scary. But then what do you expect from a statist anti-gun gun dealer?