But they don’t want a conversation — at least not in the way that most of us used to understand it. If they did, do you think, especially following the president’s call a few years ago for “civility” in political discourse, that they would tolerate their most outspoken supporters referring to anyone on the other side as “gun nuts”? Is that the way to start a conversation?
If they did, do you think Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz would claim that the recent recall of two gun-control advocates in the Colorado Legislature was “voter suppression, pure and simple,” caused by the National Rifle Association and the demonic, wealthy Koch brothers?
Or did she just forget that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is on her side, is worth $27 billion and gave at least $350,000 to the anti-recall effort? Or that the pro-recall side was outspent by about 8-1?
If they wanted a conversation, do you think the Left’s public relations arm, the New York Times, would have called the Colorado recalls, “a disgraceful low point in punitive single-issue politicking by the gun lobby”?
The Times has no problem at all with single-issue politicking if those issues are abortion or gay marriage and the vote goes they way they want it to.
If they wanted a conversation, do you think there would have been an automatic assumption, widely proclaimed, that Alexis had committed his murderous rampage with an AR-15 semi-automatic “assault” rifle?
Turns out he did it with a shotgun that he had time to reload many times, since hardly anyone else in the building — a military installation — was armed.
But there were no major mea culpas issued from those who made the assault rifle claim. Nor were there many mentions — except on a few conservative websites — of Vice President Joe Biden’s exhortation, during last year’s push to ban assault weapons, for people to “Buy a shotgun! Buy a shotgun!” for self protection.