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Monday, April 28, 2008

Chicago Tribune readership not anti-gun enough?

Chicago Tribune columnist and self-proclaimed "non-gun-grabber" Eric Zorn has been trying to stimulate discussion on the issue of gun rights vs. "gun control." Unfortunately for Mr. Zorn's best-laid plans, the "debate" has been rather one-sided.

I've written several posts and column items recently on the issue of gun control -- the most recent one asking for ideas from both sides about compromises that gun-rights people and gun-ban people might be able to live with.

And each time it has struck me how tiny, uninspired and vague the response has been from those who favor new laws to try to keep guns out of the hand of evildoers.

While the gun-rights folks weigh in quickly and forcefully with links to studies and detailed arguments, the gun-ban folks are mostly quiet. The suggestions seem to be mostly on the order of Police Supt. Jody Weis' call in today's paper to ban AK-47 rifles, which, as I have argued before, is beside the point, at best.

If gun-control advocates don't want to or can't join the conversation here, I'm prepared to shut it down as the futile exercise it may well be.
That's from a week ago today.

Yesterday, he tried again:
Monitoring the feisty and zesty comment boards at Change of Subject these last two weeks has reminded me of something I became aware of in the mid-1990s, when I wrote rather often on the subject of firearms policy:

Gun-control advocates are weak. Whether they're badly outnumbered by gun-rights advocates, lazier than gun-rights advocates or simply don't have the statistical or philosophical ammunition to keep up with gun-rights advocates I'm not totally sure.

But the undeniable truth is that, whenever this subject bobs to the surface of the news pond, as it has lately, those who favor tough new laws to restrict access to guns prove to be no match for their passionate foes in the rumble-tumble of online debate.

"Gun-control backers: Where are you?" I pleaded in a headline last week.

Cue the sound of crickets.
Could it be that enthusiasm for infringing that which shall not be infringed is not as strong as some would have us believe? Could be--the fact that thousands of concerned Illinois gun owners converged on Springfield--any way they could get there--to lobby for gun rights, while the Chicago Public Schools system buses students, at tax payer expense, to lobby for more restrictive gun laws, would seem to indicate which side the grassroots support is on.

Similarly, the fact that 77 of Illinois' 102 counties have passed resolutions of opposition to more gun laws is another indication of where most of the state stands on the issue.

Days of Our Trailers has more.


Anonymous said...

I can't help but notice that no matter how weak the gun control argument is, or how nonsensical the gun grabbers are, this man still refuses to admit that the right of the argument is on the side of those of us who believe in the constitution.

He keeps pretending that he believes there must be other reasons for the lack of intelligent debate from the anti-gun crowd as though the question of who is right and who is wrong is not clear.

He is a dishonest man, trying to appear more than what he is.

Anonymous said...

Instead of keeping the "evil doers" from obtaining firearms maybe he should concentrate on doing away with the "evil doers" oh! maybe thats not PC...

Anonymous said...

I have pointed out this plea from Zorn to several people and on some blogs...

The facts are not favorable at all to gun control as Brady would have it, and Zorn's abjectly failed effort to get backup from someone, anyone (not even a Brady person would step into the fray, notice) is a lesson in itself.

Like the militia theory of 2A, the efficacy of strict gun control can only be praised in an echo chamber that excludes opposing views.

That Mr. Zorn cannot take the hint is another indictment of the Brady Bunch and fellow travelers. There is so much data and logical thought in comments to both his pleas, it is impossible for him to pretend he is a thinking person who can weigh objective information and deal constructively with conflicting views.

like Obbaaaammmmaaa and marginal tax rates, the belief structure overpowers reality.