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James Taranto’s Best of the Web Today


If James Taranto’s Best of the Web Today (on opinionjournal.com, the Wall Street Journal’s Web Site) isn’t a part of your reading rotation, he should. His eye on the news is keen and clever, and he’ll pull up nuggets that you’re likely not going to find elsewhere.


Today http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444025204577544881193377296.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_MIDDLETopOpinion
Taranto is opining that under a Second Obama Administration, the Second Amendment isn’t as secure as we might think, especially since the President will have four more years and presumably a few appointments to the bench.


Taranto’s comment on E. J. Dionne’s anguish over a lack of "debate" over gun control is spot-on:


"Where a gun massacre is concerned," Dionne writes, "an absolute and total gag rule is imposed on any thinking beyond the immediate circumstances of the catastrophe." It doesn’t seem to occur to him that this assertion is self-refuting. If "an absolute and total gag rule" were actually in effect, it would prevent Dionne from saying so.
When people find it necessary to demand a "debate" or complain about the absence of same, it usually means they’re frustrated because there is a debate and their side is losing. Sure enough, Dionne’s complaint is that those who disagree with him–whom he labels "the gun lobby," "worshipers of weapons" and adherents to "the theology of firearms"–make their case far more effectively than his side does. "The rest of us," he whines, suffer from a "profound timidity," as a result of which they "allow" their opponents’ arguments "to work every time."
Dionne is claiming that those on his side have good arguments but fail to advance them because they have poor character. That may be true, especially the part about poor character, but it’s still an odd thing to say."

Here’s more:
"Now, there’s a very good reason why coastal elites’ arguments for gun control fall on deaf ears in most of Middle America. Those who value the Second Amendment suspect that people like Dionne and Bloomberg advocate "reasonable" gun restrictions as a camel’s nose to a total or near-total ban on private ownership of firearms and their use for self-defense.
This suspicion is entirely justified."


Bingo.

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