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Here are three things he [BHO] can do in the speech that would be surprising, shrewd, centrist and good policy. The first may seem small but is not. Normal people are not afraid of a lowering of discourse in political speech. They don't like it, but it's not keeping them up nights. Normal people are afraid of nuts with guns. That keeps them up nights. They know our society has grown more broken, families more sundered, our culture more degraded, and they fear it is producing more lost and disturbed young people. They fear those young people walking into a school or a mall with a semiautomatic pistol with an extended clip.
What civilian needs a pistol with a magazine that loads 33 bullets and allows you to kill that many people without even stopping to reload? No one but people with bad intent. Those clips were banned once; the president should call for reimposing the ban. The Republican Party will not go to the wall to defend extended clips. [my emphasis] The problem is the Democratic Party, which overreached after the assassinations of the 1960s, talked about banning all handguns, and suffered a lasting political setback. Now Democrats are so spooked they won't even move forward on small and obvious things like this. The president should seize the moment and come out strong for a ban.Keep in mind that Ms. Noonan has lunch every day with the Republicans she's talking about here. In short. Noon believes that the Republicans will choose sucking up to BHO over us. It is our absolute duty to make sure that does not happen! After all we WILL go to the mattresses (a better aphorism, doncha think?) over this subject because we know that this has NOTHING TO DO with banning magazines of a certain capacity and EVERYTHING to do with banning whole classes of guns. If "reasonable" laws as sanctioned by Heller include banning whole classes of firearms, we are in deep dookey.
Again, the legal experts I talked to last week were confident there's no real traction here, but we CANNOT let the damned RINOs set the agenda.