Don’t expect the NRA to abandon its reliance on the fear of gun bans – it is not clear that the gun lobby knows any other way of arguing its case. And, admittedly, it may take years before the impact of the Heller decision on the gun debate is fully felt.
February 3, 2010
Frank Luntz: “Culture War” Over Guns Is a Myth
[Half Truth Henigan is at it again. It will take years before we finish clearing the books of all the unconstitutional gun laws. But the “gun lobby” makes lots of arguments without “the fear of gun bans”. If Henigan believes what he just said then I guess he didn’t notice the some of the things the gun lobby has accomplished recently. Examples include Federal legislation allowing people to check guns with luggage on Amtrak, allowing concealed carry in National Parks, and blocking progress on restrictive gun show legislation. This doesn’t include the progress made in the previous 20 years on enabling concealed carry.
Even ignoring those items the entire premise of his post is obviously false. There is a huge cultural war going on. How else can you explain observations like those made in the second half this post?
But what makes this particular half-truth so interesting is that all of those items, which have nothing to do with “gun bans”, are in the 2009 Brady Gun Violence Prevention Report Card. I can only think of the following possible explanations:
- Henigan didn’t read the report card and press release his organization published 15 days ago.
- Henigan forgot the contents of the report card and press release his organization published 15 days ago.
- Henigan didn’t believe the report card and press release his organization published 15 days ago.
- Henigan thinks no one else remembers the report card and press release his organization published 15 days ago.
- Henigan does not limit himself to rational thought.
I’m inclined to go with #5.–Joe]