"The biggest obstacle to the Obama administration’s push for tighter gun control may be its own best argument: Newtown. This is because nothing proposed in the gun-control debates would have prevented the mass killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and everybody knows it. At best, tighter gun laws will make us feel better." Kathleen Parker
Even I am bored with this but this column from a Pulitzer winner is so well done the I felt it should be mentioned. It looks just possible that a Toomey/Manchin compromise on background checks might have a chance in the senate. Their bill would propose a watered down strengthening of background checks on all "commercial sales." This would exclude family transfers, gifts and temporary transfers for range shooting and hunting. Gun dealers will love this law if it happens because ordinary citizens will be required to find a FFL holder (usually some sort of store) have them run the check through an ATF portal and then pay the dealer a substsantial fee for the service. It is not clear as yet if the seller will then be required to hold the paperwork on the sale for twenty years.
I think I will apply for a Federal Firearms License. I can run background checks on line.
And then for something slightly different, we had the spectacle of Judy Woodruff on the Newshour whining and pleading for statements of absolute support for draconian gun ownership restrictions from the Baltimore County police chief who kept trying to carefully qualify his views. In the same segment she tried hard to discount arguments made by a man named Keane who is the GC of the gun manufacturers and dealers trade association. They are the "gun lobby," not the NRA. The NRA is the gun OWNERS lobby. The lawyer did a reasonable job and at the end insisted on pointing out that the gun massacre problem is a mental health problem. Judy whimpered that this discussion was supposed to be about background checks. I suppose that the voice in her ear told her to do that.
The corporate media machine is so focused on guns that CNN is devoting a whole day of braodcasting today to lobbying for the president's desiderata. pl