More news from the blatantly manufactured crisis in the upside-down world of gun control:
During a news conference last week, President Obama surrounded himself, as is the new custom, by human props, — in this case, women who lost children to gun violence. He urged lawmakers not to “get squishy” in the pursuit of the mania du jour — i.e., gun control.
“Shame on us if we’ve forgotten (the December killings in Newtown, Conn.),” the president said. “I haven’t forgotten those kids.”
Neither have a lot of people who differ about what measures should be taken, if any, to quell random shootings in America. Those people don’t believe disarming law-abiding citizens will stop these terrible crimes. So no one is getting “squishy.”
Consider this interesting news: The Homeland Security department will purchase 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition during the next four to five years, The Associated Press has reported. Yet it has refused to provide a largely unknowing Congress with an explanation for why DHS needs that many bullets, beyond the thin claims that such bulk purchases result in better prices and that the ammo will be used for training. The purchases will provide enough bullets for 100 years of training, a Forbes analyst reported, or a war lasting 20 years. One might ask how much training government agents need. A lot would be the obvious answer, unless one thinks, not without good reason, the purchase is a sui generis gun-control measure: It takes ammunition off the market. And now, police departments claim they can’t get enough ammunition because public fear of this president’s gun-control measures boosted gun and bullet sales to the point where the latter are in short supply.
On the regional front, there’s that server at the Buffalo Wild Wings eatery in Manassas who refused to serve eight plain-clothes policemen. Why? Their guns were showing, and BWW, after all, allows no firearms within its confines. The cops, who displayed their badges to the server, made no fuss, but the restaurant’s manager quickly apologized — as well he should have.
But it should never have come to that. One wonders whether we have lost all common sense, and whether our brains, not our resolve to do right, pace Mr. Obama, have gone “squishy.”