Meanwhile, Adam Gopnik comments on the latest NRA spin. A snippet:
Wayne LaPierre, the executive director of the N.R.A., in a speech the next morning to the Conservative Political Action Conference, outside Washington, D.C., made evident the deeper social compact that gives the gun lobby such power in the face of all reason and, at the moment, universal grief. The issue, as LaPierre presented it, is no longer simply defending guns. The tattered old apologies by the way of hunting and target shooting and even self-defense are absent. Guns now are the symbol of a license to hate the other: the liberals and the media and the rest who are part of a “socialist wave.”
I’m looking really really hard, and I don’t see any “socialist wave,” but I guess fighting the Cold War (flash! Communism lost!) never gets old.
Link to Gopnik via The Colorado Independent.