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James Taranto Comments On The Inevitable “We need a debate on gun control” Meme Trotted Out In The Aftermath Of Every Mass Shooting




” Antigun extremists are exhausted and demoralized. Newtown filled them with rage, which was understandable, but the direction in which they turned it–against lawful gun owners and defenders of the Second Amendment–was not. The effort to incite a moral panic was largely a failure, and nobody seems to have the energy to try it again.

The Daily Caller reports that Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who wasted no time in trying to revive the antigun effort Monday, is reduced to complaining about pestiferous citizens:

“I’m going to have my hair done this morning and there’s somebody outside the salon waiting for me who says, ‘Are you going to try and take our guns away again?’ With, you know, malevolence. It’s that attitude, that, the lack of, I guess, care and concern about the survival of the general public so that somebody can have a house full of weapons.”

Feinstein, like Obama, wants to expand federally required background checks as a precondition for lawful gun purchases. Whatever the merits of such a proposal, in itself or as part of a broader antigun agenda, in the context of the Navy Yard shooting it is a non sequitur.

A background-check system did fail here, but it wasn’t the system for checking gun buyers. As the Washington Post reports, the killer, Aaron Alexis, had “an all-access pass to a half-dozen military installations, despite a history of arrests for shooting episodes and disorderly conduct”: “










Taranto: ‘Obama Presidency Has Given Liberal Media Bias A New and Dangerous Form’





” As an example, he cited Washington Post article, in which reporters Zachary A. Goldfarb and Kimberly Kindy described as a “good-government group” the left-wing Democracy 21 which pressured the IRS to scrutinize Tea Party groups, without any consideration that the Tea Party groups believe they, too, are working for good government.

Taranto: “Tea Party organizations conceive of themselves as good-government groups, just as Democracy 21 does. The Post accepts the latter characterization, but not the former, unquestioningly.”
An excerpt from Taranto’s May 20 post, “A Crisis of Authority: The deeper meaning of the Obama scandals.”

….Liberal media bias is an old complaint, but the Obama presidency has given it a new and dangerous form. Never has the prevailing bias of the media been so closely aligned with the ideological aims and political interests of the party in power. The American media remain free and independent, or you would not be reading this column. But to a large extent they have functioned for the past few years as if they were under state control.

“Good-government group” is a misleading designation for another reason. As we noted last week, Democracy 21 is itself a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) corporation. In lobbying the IRS to investigate nonprofits for engaging in political activity, Democracy 21, a nonprofit, was engaging in political activity….”




NY Times Is The Enemy Of Your Free Speech



 ” James Taranto has a great column about how all the left-wing vitriol over the Citizens United case really is just an attempt to maintain the once monopoly power of left-wing corporations over political speech.

News flash — The New York Times is a corporation which protects its electioneering for liberal causes under the banner of press freedom, while seeking to deny other corporations similar rights.

The Privilege to Speak (via Instapundit):

A corporate division has once again exercised its First Amendment rights to argue that corporations don’t have First Amendment rights. This time, however, the New York Times Co. claims to have discovered a loophole that protects its First Amendment rights. “

” The Republicans have some fun at the president’s expense. “

  “Here was our favorite line from
Mitt Romney’s convention speech : “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.”

  We liked it even better when we saw that the New York Times’s Nicholas Kristof had tweeted:
“Seriously, Romney’s speech esp troubled me by mocking rising seas/climate change. The dismissiveness was appalling.” Gaia is a jealous
Goddess, and She will not be mocked!

  It actually hadn’t occurred to us that the Romney line was a repudiation of global warmism. If so, that’s lagniappe. What we
enjoyed was the deft way in which Romney punctured Obama’s self-aggrandizement–by quoting his most immodest promise ever,
pausing for effect, then making an almost comically modest promise of his own.”

   James Taranto on ABC’s shoddy performance on the Aurora shooting .

“This strikes us as insufficient. Simply as a matter of journalistic craft, the report was appallingly
shoddy. Ross pointed the finger at an innocent man based on nothing but the coincidence of a common name and the man’s residence in the same city of 325,000 where the crime took place.

  Let us amend that. There was one other factor, and this is what makes the ABC error not just amateurish but sinister: the innocent Jim
Holmes’s involvement with the Tea Party. For more than three years liberal journalists have falsely portrayed the Tea Party as racist and potentially violent. After the January 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., speculation immediately began that the suspect was a Tea Partier. Even after it was proved that he was not, the New York Times published a despicable
editorial blaming conservatives anyway. “