Michael Moore: If Harry Reid’s grandkids had gotten shot, he’d have allowed a vote on the assault-weapons ban

posted at 12:41 pm on March 20, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via the Right Scoop, gaze upon the ruins of Obama’s months-long gun-control campaign, designed from the word go as a way to corner Republicans on a tough vote ahead of 2014 and now cause for angry shrieking at Democrats among the liberal base. For once, I’m on Moore’s side: How about a Senate vote, Harry? Let’s get Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu and the other 14 or so Democrats who don’t want to touch this issue on record. And since Moore’s eager to emphasize personal experiences with gun violence, let’s hold hearings too. Here’s the GOP’s first witness, and here’s the second.

This clip’s a good summation of the Piers-ian approach to this subject, though, in its endorsement of policy driven by emotion rather than efficacy. Note that neither of them explicitly argues that a new AWB would prevent the shootings in the hypothetical they imagine; how could they when they know that a lunatic like Jared Loughner was able to wreak havoc with a standard semiautomatic? That’s one of the big problems with targeting “assault weapons” in the first place: No one can seem to explain convincingly why one scary-looking semiautomatic should be banned while other very similar semiautomatics should be left alone. The whole thing smells of empty symbolism and incrementalism, banning a certain arbitrary class of weapons not because it’ll do much to reduce gun violence but because (a) then politicians can say they’ve Done Something and (b) the public will gradually get more comfortable with the idea of gun regulation, which moves the Overton window towards more aggressive regulation later. Moore, at least, has been honest about his goal of banning all semiautomatics, not just “assault weapons.” Morgan hasn’t quite reached that level of candor yet as far as I know, but give him time.

Don’t get too caught up in this, though. One of the political benefits to Democrats of Reid dropping the AWB is that it makes Schumer’s background-check bill, which does stand a real chance of passing, seem even more modest by comparison. Read Charles Cooke on that if you haven’t already.


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If Michael Moore’s fat, cellulite ridden, bloviating ass were to move to NYC, would Mayor Bloomberg ban him?

After all, he’s a hazard to everyone’s health.

He’s a lefty, so he’d be exempt and free to be as much of a hazard to his and every one else’s health as he wants to be.

He’s a mobile environmental hazard area wherever he and his shadow are present.

hawkeye54 on March 20, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Why has America got so many commies in the news and entertainment business?

Axion on March 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Because the commies used manupilated american opinion to shut down the House Un-American Activities committee in the 60s. That committtee had already uncovered the conspiracy among Hollywood, the press and the professors/teachers to brainwash the American children and take over the country. So the committee had one bad apple, but the whole committee served a vital purpose. I don’t think that many of you even know or remember this because of the good work by our power elite.

Old Country Boy on March 20, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Google “Operation Abolition”. That is the birthplace of Alinsky, obama, Doren, et al.

Old Country Boy on March 20, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I’m part of the 200 million Americans that don’t own a gun. Is it because I support an assault weapons ban? No. It’s because I live in the People’s Republic of New York and the process to get a pistol permit takes at least a YEAR.

Maddie on March 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

I’m part of the 200 million Americans that don’t own a gun. Is it because I support an assault weapons ban? No. It’s because I live in the People’s Republic of New York and the process to get a pistol permit takes at least a YEAR.

Maddie on March 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Bummer.
I’ve bought 5 in the last 4 months – but uhhh, but I uhhh lost them all in a lake when I took them all fishing with me, ya, that’s the ticket……

Unfortunately Colorado has started heading down the NY path – thanks to a big wd of Bloomingidiot cash to the gun-grabbing Dems.

dentarthurdent on March 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

If…. I mean “when” Micheal Moore chokes to death on a Triple-Whopper, my support for delicious fast food will still be as strong as ever.

@AsalamaTweetum

Opinionnation on March 20, 2013 at 7:39 PM

It’s as if Reid dared someone to surpass him on the Shameless Argument scale, and Moore stepped up and said “challenge accepted”.

The Schaef on March 21, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Believe it or not, I have a soft spot for Harry Reid. The NRA has long given him an “A” rating on gun rights, and he once relied on his Second Amendment rights for his own protection.

I pay no attention to Fat Mike. Long ago he devolved into a some kind of pathetic and grotesque cartoon character.

JackM on March 21, 2013 at 10:06 AM

A call to 911 just summons the clean up team to the crime scene.

JackM on March 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

If anyone has to deal with someone who can’t seem to figure out exactly what B.O. believes and what he wants, just tell that person to look at Fat Mike.

B.O. is a skinny Michael Moore with a tan.

Simple as that.

JackM on March 26, 2013 at 9:48 AM

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