After the heinous shooting in Newtown, CT, it never ceases to amaze me how the political left continues to salivate over the tragedy, and keep the gun control dialogue alive. They must be desperate. After all, the number of gun control mentions in the news decreased dramatically after the holidays. It’s not resonating. However, some in the Democratic Party, like former PA Governor Ed Rendell, still wish to see new gun regulations, before the shiftable sands of public opinion switch on them again. It wasn’t delivered without a tinge of depravity.
On today’s broadcast of MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner (Wagner is a former cultural correspondent for the progressive Center for American Process), the former governor said: “The good thing about Newtown is, it was so horrific that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity on their side.” Matthew Balan at NewsBusters reported that “host Alex Wagner, who called for a repeal of the Second Amendment on Bill Maher’s HBO program in 2011, set up Rendell to make his eyebrow-raising statement (moments after claiming that ‘no one, anywhere’ wants to get rid of that part of the Bill of Rights):
ALEX WAGNER: …Newtown seemed like an inflection point, if you will – a change in the national dialogue about sensible gun laws. And yet, the response that we have seen in recent days from members of the gun-toting – gun-toting enthusiasts and the NRA has been, to say the least, something that has – has dismayed me and very much disappointed me. I wonder what you make of some of that rhetoric.
Well, given that 47% of Americans are gun owners, could this be the Democrats’ 47% moment? While they chastise Republicans as labeling the 47% of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes as dependents, Democrats seem to have no qualms slamming law-abiding gun owners as “gun-toting.” It’s a sad reality for liberals, but they will have to come to the conclusion that they’ve lost this battle thirteen years ago in 2000.