Finally, the NRA’s fight to protect the Second Amendment has met its match: the NRA.
Jon Stewart started out Tuesday night’s Daily Show by gently suggesting to open-carry gun-rights activists that parading their loaded assault weapons into, say, Chipotle restaurants might make diners nervous. But the Chipotle incident is just a jumping-off point for Stewart’s larger point: The NRA’s war to stop “smart guns” makes no sense.
Where is that speech appropriate? At an al-Qaeda recruitment how-to workshop?
There’s no denying it: The National Rifle Association has won — again. Even though more than 3,000 Americans have died via gun violence since 20 children and six adults were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary in December, the NRA has somehow managed to triumph. The victims’ families and gun-control advocates have lost. Forget an assault weapons ban — or any other serious gun regulation. It’s not happening.
Publication and media outlets that “have assisted in the attack on Second Amendment rights” include pretty much every mainstream media outlet, with the notable exceptions of Fox News and The Wall Street Journal.
The Obama presidency has actually been good for the gun industry. So good, in fact, that the industry came up with the term, ‘the Obama effect,’ to describe the boost.