Friday, May 04, 2007

Clash of Orwellian titans?

Sen. Lautenberg has formulated a clever ploy to force a divide between gun freaks and national security issues in the Republican coalition.
This leads to a double-bind for the GOP--if they support the bill, they do the following:
  1. betray their rabidly pro-gun base in favor of federal power to prevent gun ownership, and

  2. give the Democrats a legislative anti-gun victory in the wake of the shootings at Virginia Tech;
If they oppose the bill, they:
  1. Deny the Executive authority in an issue of national security; and

  2. Put themselves on record as saying that dangerous firearms should be in the hands of known terrorists.
I applaud his creativity and strategic finesse, at the same time that I am sad to see My Team degraded to playing by the same dirty rules as The Other Guys. (Maybe that's just the game of politics.) I mean, the title of the bill is "Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2007" heh. Will be interested to see how it plays out though.

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