“These organized interest groups don’t want anything done [on gun control] because it’s a big source of their money and support to terrify people living out there in the country,” Bill Clinton told the MSNBC’s Morning Joe [via politico.com]. “They want to make them think there’s this big conspiratorial federal government trying to take all their guns away.” Wow. Where do I start? How about this: Clinton’s “he who must not be named” non-reference to the NRA. Why wouldn’t Clinton just come out and say it? . . .
Bill Clinton is a demagogue. Like many Democratic leaders (including our current president) “the man from Hope” fancies himself a “man of the people.” More specifically, “the little people.” Still more specifically, people too stupid to figure shit out for themselves. Or so stupid they let themselves be mislead by the competition (i.e. other demagogues).
In this excerpt, Bill plays the country bumpkin card. The reason gun control has failed is that “the people living out there in the country” are kind-hearted idiots, manipulated by evil “organized interest groups” motivated solely by self-interest. Money and power.
By not specifically attacking the NRA, Clinton condemns all conservatives: the NRA, the Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh, etc. The ex-prez is selling the idea that all Constitutionalists feed on fear—and nothing else. If’n them there people in flyover land could see how things really are (like, say, a Yale Law School graduate can) they’d lose their fear and march
blindly hand-in-hand towards the Progressive (a.k.a., liberal) vision of big government utopia.
Bill knows that millions of Americans recoil from that vision. Hence his sum of all their fears: a “big conspiratorial federal government trying to take all their guns away.” Notice Clinton’s used the words “big” and “conspiratorial” together. Just so. But populist that he is, Clinton believes that his own personal assurance, expressed in a mocking tone, is enough to dispel the general public’s [increasingly justifiable] fears of a fascist federal state.
It isn’t. Thank God.
By any rational measure, Bill Clinton is a liar and a hypocrite who uses weasel words to mislead listeners and avoid accountability. For example, Clinton derides the idea that Uncle Sam wants to take “all” of Americans’ guns away. Lest we forget, this is the ex-president who signed a ten-year ban on the manufacturer and sale of “assault weapons.”
Sure, technically Clinton’s AWB didn’t “take guns away” from people. It stopped them from being able to buy new versions of certain rifles. Not “all” guns. Just “assault rifles.” But no matter how you slice it, Clinton’s Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act was gun control red in tooth and claw, and American gun owners knew it.
Ah yes, American gun owners. Even though Clinton signed the AWB, he saw what happened to the Democrats in the aftermath of his gun grab. He knows the value of seeming to support the Second Amendment while working to undermine it. And he’s down with the “divide and conquer” strategy deployed by the Democratic civilian disarmament industry. And so . . .
He disagreed with the idea that people were not generally in favor of gun control . . .
As an example of support for some gun laws, Clinton recounted the story of a friend from the Arkansas Ozarks.
“He had a good friend who lived in the mountains who had 100 guns. He said the guy owns 100 guns and wishes he owned 100 more, and he strongly supports universal background checks,” Clinton said. “He can’t figure out why it’s OK under the Second Amendment to do a background check if somebody buys a gun at a gun store and not OK if they buy it online or at a gun show.”
Right. A friend of a friend of Clinton’s has 100 guns and wants background checks at gun shows. I’m not buying that for a second—in the same sense I’m not buying the idea that expanding federal background checks will do anything more than insert the federal government even more deeply into the private lives—and fundamental rights—of Americans.
As this quote from Bill Clinton illustrates, gun grabbers want to convince Americans that they are appealing to Americans’ better nature, while conservatives/constitutionalists are profiteers pandering to paranoia. The really scary part is that they believe it.