Obama's Modest Proposals Drive Rightbloggers Gun Crazy
Not a chance. Anything Obama does about guns, however toothless, presents an opportunity for the brethren to rouse some of their less compos mentis followers. In fact, some of the rightbloggers seem less than stable on the subject themselves.
"Obama could have tried something new," Power Line's John Hinderaker laments, "perhaps something more sweeping: a ban on all semiautomatic rifles, perhaps, or even a ban that includes some handguns." Nonetheless Hinderaker still has objections to the weak stuff Obama proposed -- for example, legislation reducing the maximum magazine size to 10 bullets. "Isn't it odd," he says, "that the administration aspires only to limit the victims of a mass shooting incident to ten? If the best that gun control can do is limit the number of victims to low double figures, shouldn't we be looking for a more effective approach?" Clearly no gun control measure is meaningful unless to reduces gun deaths to zero -- in which case it's obviously unconstitutional. Win-win!
But other rightbloggers have managed to whip the watered-down material Obama gave them into something resembling their usual froth.
Ted Nugent calls Obama's proposals "psychotic" (which is funny for so many reasons), explaining that "if you further disarm innocent Americans, you are literally engineering slaughters." Republican Congressmen Stockman, Radel, and Gohmert have threatened Obama with impeachment. ("Hallelujah," says George Rasley of Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ, "at least three Members of Congress get it.")
When Senator Rand Paul remarked that Obama "wants to bypass the Constitution" and to "act like a king or a monarch," says Reason's David Harsanyi, he "may be a bit hyperbolic, but it is also a bit true." In case you were wondering what bit Harsanyi found true, he adds that Obama is attempting to "restrict a right that is explicitly laid out in the Bill of Rights," refers to Obama's "executive bender," declares "it is amazing how many times this president uses majoritarian arguments to rationalize executive overreach," bitches that abortion is "now a constitutional right, unlike owning a gun in Chicago," and generally does what you expect a libertarian to do in such cases, that is, be a conservative.
At Accuracy in Media, Jim Khouri headlines "Obama Now King of the Gun Grabbers" and denounces "Obama's overreach and disregard for the U.S. Constitution." Joseph Farah at WorldNetDaily says "if the U.S. government renders its citizens as subjects by disarming them, it will be the end of the dream of liberty that drove our founders to arms to fight for self-government and independence." He also compares Obama to George III, and says "it doesn't take a rocket scientist or a Ph.D. in history to know that every mass-murdering tyranny in the history of the world started like this," etc.
Some Guy at Ace of Spades is very clearly upset -- he claims the announcement means gun nuts are the new black people. You know how that must hurt!
"Under segregation, blacks were 'The Other,'" writes Some Guy. "Every black man was a rapist, thief or murderer who just hadn't been caught yet. There really aren't words to describe how wrong this was, yet the left has no problem at all doing the same thing to legal gun owners. We are now 'The Other' who are bent on killing your kids at school by our mere existence." Maybe after a few hundreds years of this oppression, gun nuts will develop a vibrant culture.
At his event Obama was surrounded by schoolchildren who'd written to him about gun violence, probably to remind viewers of the slaughter of children that started this whole thing. You can imagine how rightbloggers interpret this.
"OBAMA STANDS ON GRAVES OF CHILDREN OF SANDY HOOK TO PUSH GUN CONTROL," screams Ben Shapiro at Breitbart.com. Michelle Malkin calls it "child abuse" and the use of "kiddie human shields," which explains why the kids looked so terrified at the press conference.
Time for patriots to storm ObamaHitler's underwater lair with an eraser!
"Obama Surrounds Himself With Kids to Announce New Gun Control Plans," thunders Doug Powers. "If kids wrote to the White House to call for action on the hundreds of thousands of babies abortion kills every year or all the debt they're being saddled with would the White House release those?" Probably not but please send us those kid's-abortion-letters-to-Obama, Doug. We smell a book deal!
Debra J. Saunders of TownHall has a genuinely unique angle: while Obama "brought children to his gun violence event Wednesday who had written to him about the Sandy Hook deaths," she writes, he "did not invite children to discuss urban violence -- that is, the sort of crimes best addressed by tougher law enforcement, not gun restrictions." What an interesting discussion that would have been! "So, Julia, don't you think fewer people would be shot if street gangs had a right to open carry?"
Some have worked past inchoate rage at Obama doing anything about guns, and made specific complaints.
Boots and Sabers, for example, is pissed about executive action 14 ("Issue a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence"). "This is preparing for future gun control laws," they explain. "Once they identify the 'cause,' then there will be a push for more 'fixes.' Somehow I doubt that the CDC will conclude that the cause of gun violence is bad people." Because that's what the communist scientists at the Centers of Disease Control are all about: Control. It's even in their name!
Neither does Boots and Sabers like the next item -- "Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes." To you and us, that may sound like the sort of thing that would naturally come up when a physician suspects someone is about to go all shooty-shooty. But to Boots and Sabers it's this: "Obama is pushing to have doctors ask patients if they have guns in their homes and then provide that information back to the national database. This will aid the federal government in developing a database of every American who has a gun in their home... I encourage you to refuse to answer if a doctor asks you if you have a gun in your home... If a doctor ever asks me that, it'll be the last time they see me." Maybe the last time that commie doc sees anything, if you know what we mean.
And of course there's plenty of Obama is Hitler (and/or Stalin, Pol Pot, et alia) stuff out there -- your grandma may have forwarded you some. Our favorite is "CHILDREN SURROUND OBAMA AS HE FURTHER DIMINISHES FREEDOM, JUST LIKE HITLER" -- especially as it comes with the disclaimer, "I usually despise the 'Obama vs Hitler' juxtapositions as ridiculous and un-founded. So to clarify: I am NOT saying that President Obama is Hitler..." -- but really they're all winners.
One of the more reliably outrage-prone respondents to any gun-related government activity is Jeff Goldstein of Protein Wisdom. (His immediate reaction to the Newtown shooting was to advise readers, "get a concealed carry permit, and ignore signs telling you to leave your guns in the car...") In anticipation of Obama's announcement, Goldstein excitedly wrote, "Is today the day?... How ironic will it be if the next iteration of declaring our independence comes as a result of a free people refusing to abide an overreaching centralized government coming yet again for their weapons?" In another pre-game post, he reminded readers, "the left wants us living in a beneficent police state ... they will use every occasion to try to further enslave us... Resist we much."
Well, on what Goldstein called "Imperial Assault on Natural Rights Day" the announcement by the "dictatorial-minded demagogue" Obama came, and Goldstein did not leave his laptop to lead a resistance cell. But he does continue to complain: "...isn't this law essentially a means to creating a stratified populace," he writes, "in which police and criminals are both better armed than law-abiding citizens exercising their right to bear arms under the second amendment?" He also calls the gun-grabbers "despicable, dishonorable men and women... as they act unconstitutionally, their claims to control me through selective prosecutions and an inequitable deployment of law (hi, David Gregory!) are, in a word, nullified. I'm nobody's slave. And given the circumstances, I'm proud as hell to be an outlaw." So maybe he'll still serve as a Posse Comitatus captain, but you'll have to ask real nice.
Even better is Bob Owens, formerly the proprietor of a popular rightblog called Confederate Yankee, now operating under his own name and given to hints of violent resistance to anticipated government tyranny.