Dem Rep. Jan Schakowsky: I’m not so sure we can’t ban handguns entirely

posted at 2:26 pm on March 11, 2013 by Allahpundit

In which Jason Mattera discovers Schakowsky’s Nixonian side. Watching this reminded me of the videos that circulated during the ObamaCare debate of high-profile liberals confessing publicly that single-payer is the ultimate goal of universal health care. In both cases, they’re pushing regulations that are less ambitious than they’d prefer because they’ve concluded that only an incrementalist approach can get them to their final destination. Then I remembered: Schakowsky was one of the people in the ObamaCare videos too. No matter how dark your suspicions are of the Democrats’ true agenda, there she is, happy to confirm on camera that you’re dead right. Note to Jason M.: Next time you see her, ask her what she thinks about the possibility of Obama firing drone missiles at American citizens sitting in a cafe. I’m almost afraid to see how she’d answer.

Nice to see everyone on the same page, though, in acknowledging that banning “assault weapons” won’t do much and thus any serious gun-grabber has to be looking at handguns. (Note Bloomy’s bit about that in the second clip below, via the Weekly Standard.) Is it feasible, though? I’m thinking … no:

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That’s from a Gallup poll taken just two weeks after the Sandy Hook massacre, when you’d expect the backlash to gun rights to be at its zenith. Interestingly, despite a leftward trend to many other issues over the last few years, support for the basic right to own a gun keeps going up, up, up. Which is not to say there’s no reason to worry: We’re one conservative Supreme Court retirement away from the Heller decision on the Second Amendment being reversed, which would once again give blue jurisdictions the power to ban guns outright. But, barring a dramatic reversal in poll trends, you’ll never see a national ban. Even now, red-state Democrats are sweating over Obama’s relatively minor gun-control push; a Senate deal on expanded background checks, the most overwhelmingly popular element of the gun-control agenda, just collapsed. The real potential battleground in the future, I think, is over semiautomatics. Could Democrats build support for a ban on those, or some of those, if they’re careful in their rhetoric to respect the right to own a revolver or, a la Shotgun Joe Biden, a 12-gauge? Better question: Given the Schakowsky-types in the caucus, would anyone on the fence be stupid enough to give them the benefit of the doubt on that?



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Wow, Jason Mattera reveals the grand ban-all-guns conspiracy…led by….Schakowsky! I mean she actually said as much!
Well sort of…kinda…not very clearly, but…
Ok, not really.
Jason proves nothing here.
Except that he and his ‘team’ are pretty inept videographers. But no harm in that. At all.
(But must admit he was very sweet and gentle with her.
What a charmer.)

verbaluce on March 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Cat shit alert!

Cat shit just got pooped.

Don’t step in it!

OhEssYouCowboys on March 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

I love liberals, they talk so casually of turning tens of millions of law abiding citizens into criminals, as if it meant nothing just so they get their fantasy.

EFF them all.

clippermiami on March 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now, that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

Dr. Ferris, from Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”

Sound familiar?

iurockhead on March 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Shorter verbaluce: Who you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

FOAD verbaluce.

SDN on March 11, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Why is that that leftist feminists who wanted equal access to everything (not necessarily
equal requirements) suddenly change to “domineering Democrat control” once they get a title? Hmmmm

That movement always rang hollow to me. Just another social subset that wants ultimate power.

MN J on March 11, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Can we all just agree that Chicago is the communist capitol of the country and Jan and her hubby cramer who wrote the blueprint for healthcare are senior members of the politburo.

tim c on March 11, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Residents Urged To Prep For ‘Two Weeks On Your Own’ On Quake Anny
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/03/11/residents-urged-to-prep-for-two-weeks-on-your-own-on-quake-anny/

Too bad the government is doing it’s level best to try and get people more dependent on it.

Which includes destroying the right to keep and bear arms.

Galt2009 on March 11, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Now we know, she is bat guano crazy.

jake49 on March 11, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Wow, Jason Mattera reveals the grand ban-all-guns conspiracy…led by….Schakowsky! I mean she actually said as much!
Well sort of…kinda…not very clearly, but…
Ok, not really.
Jason proves nothing here.
Except that he and his ‘team’ are pretty inept videographers. But no harm in that. At all.
(But must admit he was very sweet and gentle with her.
What a charmer.)

verbaluce on March 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Um, yeah…NO.

But nice try.

fossten on March 11, 2013 at 8:14 PM

verbaluce on March 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Your comments are inane.

hawkdriver on March 12, 2013 at 2:49 AM

That rep is clueless.

Right, verbaluce?

Sherman1864 on March 12, 2013 at 5:14 AM

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