Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cognitive Dissonance Surrounds Administration Position on Aurora Shooting

Today the President said,
"But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals. That they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities. I believe the majority of gun owners would agree we should do everything possible to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons, and we should check someone's criminal record before they can check out a gun seller."
Three questions to consider:

1. In light of this statement, why did the administration force law-abiding US gun dealers to sell thousands of weapons to known criminals who everybody knew would put them on US and Mexican streets?

2. How would the media narrative change if it were ever discovered that the Aurora Colorado shooter used a weapon bought through Operation Fast and Furious?

3. If James Holmes killed 12 people in the Aurora, Colorado shooting, and Attorney General Eric Holder killed more than 300 in Operation Fast and Furious, who should go to prison first, and who should stay there longest?

(Not to mention the obvious points, which are first, that gun rights apply to private citizens - not soldiers - in order to enable those private citizens to protect themselves from rapacious government, and second, that there are already plenty of laws on the books that are meant to prevent criminals and loonies from buying weapons - laws that were flagrantly violated by the Justice Department to bring about Operation Fast and Furious.)


Ran said...

Thanks for the post.

Be fair: GinC has a point about AK's belonging in the hands of soldiers.

...Enemy soldiers, to be exact. I would rather ours use the Stoner or Garand models any day.

As a citizen... I'm all M1A.

And if I may quibble: Reeking hypocrisy ought not be conflated with cognitive dissonance. The latter is a failure to be fully truthful, sure, but the former is what we're dealing facing.

Maggie@Maggiesnotebook said...

Good questions. Linked at my place.

AmPowerBlog said...

Thanks Steven. The Democrats are seizing on the chance for more gun control even as polls show little support for new measures.

Libertarian Advocate said...

The Obama presidency increasingly seems like a very long and painfully drawn out skit of the old MPFC. Almost surreal, really.