Thursday's HOT MIC

Thursday's HOT MIC

This is why referring to any Opinion writer at The New York Times as "conservative" is a joke:

Repeal the Second Amendment

That's the headline from "conservative" columnist Bret Stephens' latest. Here's more:

I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment.

From a law-and-order standpoint, more guns means more murder. “States with higher rates of gun ownership had disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides,” noted one exhaustive 2013 study in the American Journal of Public Health.

From a personal-safety standpoint, more guns means less safety. The F.B.I. counted a total of 268 “justifiable homicides” by private citizens involving firearms in 2015; that is, felons killed in the course of committing a felony. Yet that same year, there were 489 “unintentional firearms deaths” in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Between 77 and 141 of those killed were children.

From a national-security standpoint, the Amendment’s suggestion that a “well-regulated militia” is “necessary to the security of a free State,” is quaint. The Minutemen that will deter Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are based in missile silos in Minot, N.D., not farmhouses in Lexington, Mass.

This great conservative thinker seems to be getting his talking points from the Moms Demand Action Twitter feed.

Stephens and his ilk should provide some inspiration though. If you are still looking to make it in media there is one simple path. Simply brand yourself as a conservative, then make it clear that you are will to crap all over other conservatives -- as well as all that conservatism holds dear.

You will be hearing from the Times, WaPo, MSNBC or CNN shortly.