Was it Rahm Emanuel who maintained that Democrats should never let a crisis go to waste? Whoever coined the slogan, it struck a chord, and Democrats have certainly taken it to heart.
So now we are hearing Democrats all over the cable networks calling for a "conversation" about gun control. Well, we've been listening to Democrats talk about gun control for a long time, and we've tuned them out. The problem, which they probably know, is that it is impossible to keep guns out of the hands of crazies bent on killing. They've tried. We've had bans on assault rifles and high capacity magazines, and that did nothing. Background checks may actually work, but they can't prevent every crime.
By calling for a conversation Democrats just want to remind us that they still want gun control. Their dilemma is summed up in S.E. Cupp's article What Democrats want is no guns, but they don’t have the courage to say so.
If Democrats are serious about putting an end to mass shootings, or gun deaths in Chicago, or gang violence, they should fight to take every last gun off the street. They should stand up and say they want to repeal the Second Amendment. Anything short is either a shortsighted fallacy or political window dressing.
But will they? It’s unlikely, because they want to get reelected, and they remember all too well what happens to Democrats in the wake of significant gun control efforts: a rout of the kind seen in 1994 following a now-expired assault weapons ban.
A virtuous image is important to any elected office holder, but that merely serves the purpose of their number one goal, getting reelected. Besides, the reality is that only the law abiding gun owners will obey any law that demands relinquishing privately held guns. It's trite but true, outlaw guns and only outlaws will have guns.
9:48 AM 10/4/2017