The Inquirer wants its readers to believe that guns now commit crimes in Lancaster, and in other smaller cities. The problem is not urban violence spreading to the country; it's obviously the guns that have always been there.Read the whole thing, because it outlines the current wildly successful antigun strategy of ignoring the national arena and focusing on localities. Our own side of the movement is still focused on the macro national battles, where we win victory after victory. In the meantime, the antigunners chalk up small victory after small victory at the state, local and municipal levels.
One of the reasons I'm considering running for the NRA Board of Directors is to make the elephant a bit more nimble on its feet. I also never want to hear that our gun rights were abdicated because we didn't want to "embarrass" a sitting President.
Here's a flash...I don't give a damn who I "embarrass" (arguably, not even myself)...I am unwilling to give up my gun rights because the party in power, who sought our support in the elections, hasn't bothered to notice we exist.
And no, it's not just me that thinks were all alone out here. Read the great Peggy Noonan's analysis in the WSJ of the current state of the Republican administration:
What conservatives and Republicans must recognize is that the White House has broken with them. What President Bush is doing, and has been doing for some time, is sundering a great political coalition. This is sad, and it holds implications not only for one political party but for the American future.The current Republican administration is willing to marginalize its most stanch supporters...that would be the true believers...think what they're willing to do to us, already the most marginalized wing of the Grand Old Party!
The White House doesn't need its traditional supporters anymore, because its problems are way beyond being solved by the base. And the people in the administration don't even much like the base. Desperate straits have left them liberated, and they are acting out their disdain. Leading Democrats often think their base is slightly mad but at least their heart is in the right place. This White House thinks its base is stupid and that its heart is in the wrong place.
Now conservatives and Republicans are going to have to win back their party. They are going to have to break from those who have already broken from them. This will require courage, serious thinking and an ability to do what psychologists used to call letting go. This will be painful, but it's time. It's more than time.
Bottom line...the gun culture can no longer count on the current Republican administration for anything. We MUST forge a new alliance for 2008! And in the new alliance, we're not going to be content to be the moles on the elephant's butt.