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Tragedy and Opportunity

posted at 7:39 pm on January 10, 2011 by

While many in the left are making a valiant effort to convince the country that conservatives are somehow responsible for the actions of a murderer, others are taking the advice of a certain Chicago mayoral candidate.

Over to you, Senator Lautenberg. Make Rahm proud.

One of the Senate’s most outspoken advocates of tighter gun restrictions said he plans to introduce language banning the type of supplemented gun clips that the shooter in Arizona used on Saturday.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) promised to bring back legislation that had expired in 2004 that would prohibit the use of magazines of 10 rounds or more, according to The Associated Press.

Confederate Yankee explores the nuance of “bringing back” this legislation. Go to his main page and keep scrolling to behold just how wrong or dishonest the media and gun-control advocates have been in recent days.

What I find interesting about Lautenberg’s action is how wonderfully hypocritical it is. You see, there was a time, in the not-too-distant past, when merely hinting at a national tragedy in an advertisement was enough to inspire outrageous outrage.

Once again, over to you Senator Lautenberg:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter sent today, United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg called on President Bush to immediately pull campaign ads that use tragic images from 9-11. Lautenberg called the ads demeaning and told the President they dishonored those that died as well as the loved ones they left behind.

“I urge you to direct your campaign to immediately withdraw these advertisements. I believe that all of us who run for elective office must maintain standards of dignity and respect that prevent us from exploiting national tragedies for political purposes,” wrote Lautenberg in his letter to President Bush.

Such is the ‘logic’ of opportunists: Using mere seconds of 9/11 imagery in a political advertisement dishonors the victims. Using the deaths of American citizens to set arbitrary limits on a recently incorporated civil right? It’s for the good of the country. Some tragedies, it seems, must be exploited for the sake of progress.

Given the Republican majority in the House and the conservative Democrats who want to keep their jobs in the Senate, Lautenberg has to know his bill will go nowhere, so this is nothing more than political grandstanding.

Or is it?

Exit quote: “In the wake of these kind of incidents, the trick is to move quickly…”

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Even more interesting, if Sen. Lautenberg is talking about the language in the old assault weapons ban, it banned the importation of high-capacity magazines, not the use. So any mags in the US could be re-sold, and any new ones could easily be made. There are a variety of manufacturers that makes clips for a Glock 9, which was used in the assault. So I’m glad the senator knows so much about laws that he would legislate to do absolutely nothing.

jdfister on January 10, 2011 at 10:04 PM