Saturday, January 15, 2011

Those Calling for Stricter Gun Laws Should Look to Vermont

Just a few days after the Constitution was read aloud to open the 112th Congress, the shootings in Tucson and their aftermath have underscored both the document's central position in American life and the wish of many on the left to weaken its First and Second Amendment liberties in the name of "civility" and "safety." They should be vigorously resisted.

Leave aside the media's obscene haste to try to pin the atrocity on conservatives, Republicans, the Tea Party and Sarah Palin, whose very existence makes them foam with rage. This much is to be expected from the partisan shills at MSNBC and elsewhere.

Far more worrisome is the immediate inclination of some politicians -- mostly, but not exclusively, Democrats -- who've seized the occasion to call into question both free-speech rights and gun rights.

Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) wants to ban speech that "threatens" public officials in the interests of "toning down the rhetoric." Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) wants to reinstate the so-called Fairness Doctrine to regulate talk radio. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) plans to introduce a law banning the carrying of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a "high-profile" government official.

Horse, meet barn door.

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