Yada yada “not the weapon the Founding Fathers foresaw.” Yada yada “Constitutional rights, reasonable exceptions.” Yada yada yada. The Boston Globe editorial Ban These Guns is everything we’ve come to expect from the forces of civilian disarmament. And then there’s this:
“In the end, of course, the NRA and the zealotry it fans are only symptoms of the country’s unhealthy gun fetish. On the one hand, the state of Massachusetts prides itself on its own tough gun laws. On the other, our state also profits from the production and sale of semiautomatic assault weapons by companies based here. Indeed, at its root, our gun culture is driven by demand: Millions of Americans feel that they need to own an assault weapon for either their own protection or their casual enjoyment.”
The Globe gets it! While they somehow missed out on the bit about Americans owning guns as a defense against tyranny — the reason the the Second Amendment exists — the editorialists understand that America likes its guns. So . . . who’s got the gun fetish, eh? How else do you explain the media’s coverage of a radical Islamist terrorist attack as if it were a gun problem? And yet journalists (in general) don’t own or shoot guns. What’s that all about?