In the past 48 hours there have been two developments in the gun control debate that merit some consideration. The good news is that the laughably moderate gun control package I mentioned in my previous posting has passed in Colorado and was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper this morning. Tragically, the (very) right-leaning Denver Post allowed the so-called “Colorado Citizens Protecting our Constitution” to post an ad that declaring that the law banned ALL FIREARM MAGAZINES, when in fact it only bans magazines with a capacity of more than 15 bullets. (see image)
If you click on the ads they take you to a single page which equates the new laws with disarming women so that they can be raped. The “group” funding the ads is a 504(c) and does not have to reveal where they get their money from. (Linked article refers to another incident where this same 504(c) has struck before in Colorado. The Citizens United decision really is the gift that keeps on giving, isn’t it?) The Denver Post should have some minimum standards of ethics for the advertisements they run, but apparently they do not. If we look at the slanted writing in their coverage of the bill signing, it could be discerned that they even agree with the pro-gun-massacre groups.
While I have been personally highly critical of Governor Hickenlooper in the past I would like to take a moment here to point out that it took courage to sign the gun-control package into law. Fortunately for him, universal background checks enjoy 80% support and magazine size limits enjoy 60% support. I think he’ll be OK.
The other event is that the Senate Democrats have removed the assault weapons ban from the Federal Gun Control package. A federal ban would be much more effective than a patchwork of local bans since assault weapons are so easily transported across state lines. The cowardice of Harry Reid and company is simply deplorable. The public gloating of the NRA over their victory is worse.
Since it appears that tragic assault weapon massacres are going to remain a fact of life here in the United States; I’d like to take a cue from the Weather Channel (who is now naming snowstorms) and suggest that the media just begin naming massacres. We can start with the names of Wayne LaPierre and Ted Nugent, but then let’s move on to every Senator who didn’t have the courage or common sense to vote for a comprehensive ban.