President Obama could not get his way via Executive “recommendations” but he did use the bully pulpit to pressure Congress into bring back Gun Control Laws and the renewal of the utter failure of the Assault Weapons Ban. He knows that the only way to make Congress cave is via Media Assault, shaming congresscritters into voting for new legislation.
Expect a renewed and more focused attack from the Moribund Stream Media. My local rag, The Miami Herald came out swinging today with 2 editorials: one against Stand Your Ground rehashing the Trayvon Martin case and the other basically calling anybody supporting the Second Amendment insane.
For years, opponents have managed to block effective gun control legislation by wrapping themselves up in the Constitution and decrying any restrictive effort as an attack on the Second Amendment. That’s a smokescreen. Courts have made clear that the Second Amendment is not a bar to sensible regulation.
Justice Antonin Scalia’s majority ruling in the famous Heller decision in 2008 held that gun rights are “not unlimited.” Further, the court has said lawmakers can ban felons and the mentally ill from owning guns. Lower courts have also upheld other restrictions, such as bans on machine guns and sawed-off shotguns.
We are akin to Felons and the Mentally Ill according to the editors in the Herald. Even when they quote Scalia saying that gun rights are not limited, they do fail to mention that the same Scalia said the same People should enjoy the protections of the Second Amendment just like the protections accorded under the First and the Fourth.
In some instances, Mr. Obama’s initiative would only close loopholes in existing law, such as imposing a universal background check on gun sales.
Some 40 percent of those sales are conducted at gun shows, over the Internet, and by private sellers, with no criminal background checks taking place at all.
- -Sarah Wylie: I need to know how to describe your relationship with Gallagher. Mac said to quote you directly. You can say whatever you want.
- -Megan Carter: Just… say we were involved.
- -Sarah Wylie: That’s true, isn’t it?
- -Megan Carter: No. But it’s accurate.
PS: I always forget to mention that the newsroom scenes of the movie were filmed in the soon to be defunct Miami Herald Building. I am guessing the lessons of the movie were never considered by the Miami Herald editorial gang and staff.