Anyone who has actually analyzed a school massacre scenario knows that guns aren’t the way to inflict the maximum number of casualties. But a bomb is. And it looks like one Oregon teenager figured that out, too, planning to attack their Albany, Oregon high school with homemade explosive devices that he had constructed and hidden in his home. While no one was hurt and the plot apparently didn’t involve firearms, it nonetheless has the potential to provide more, um, ammunition to gun control advocates . . .
As we have reported previously, Frank Lautenberg has once again whipped out his “Explosive Materials Background Check Bill” which would make it as difficult to buy gunpowder in the US as a brick of dynamite. It was a knee-jerk reaction to the Boston marathon bombing, one that would have had exactly zero impact on that scenario and wouldn’t have prevented the attack in any way. But it’s a “feel good” measure that puts the screws to gun owners, so naturally the Democrats are all over it.
The issue is that in the wake of the epic failure of any form of “universal background check” bill in the Senate, the Democrats (and president Obama) appear weak — unable to pass any of their disarmament agenda, no matter how much public support the media claims they have. Especially thanks to recent events, the Obama administration needs something to get the public’s mind off their cascading series of scandals and failures and once again get control of the narrative.
Obama has been floundering around trying to latch onto something — anything — that he can trumpet as a win for peace and justice. Something that would paint him once again in a positive light in the media. Which explains his recent speech highlighting the Guantanamo Bay prison and his promise to close it, despite that issue being on the political back burner for four years.
This planned school attack, even though it was been foiled, has the potential to put gunpowder regulation at the front of the line for things Obama and the Democrats can push in the very near future. They now have two recent events where explosives were the weapon of choice, and events which evoke a strong emotional response from low information voters. They can even try to piggy-back this onto the post-Newtown gun control fervor, claiming it as a “common sense” gun control measure.
In short, it looks like this might be the perfect storm for gunpowder regulation to finally take center stage in Congress. And given the current political climate, I doubt that they will let such an opportunity go to waste.