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Hardly able to mask his glee, National Review editor Rich "Starburst" Lowry penned an op-ed in Thursday's Politico, celebrating the demise of any sort of meaningful gun legislation coming out of Washington.
And in doing so, Lowry serves up one of the standard talking points that the cold, dead hands crowd has been peddling since shortly after the murder of 20 children and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut:
Nothing that happened in Newtown had anything to do with background checks. No background check law will ever prevent someone like Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza’s mother from buying guns unless the parents of children with Autism-like symptoms are to be banned from owning firearms.
... and then immediately follows with a "solution":
What we are talking about now is trying to keep guns out of the hands of common criminals. This is obviously a worthy and important goal, although the most direct means of doing it — stop-and-frisk policing in areas where gun crime is most likely to occur — is anathema to the same people who say we have to do everything we can to save even one life.
Well, sure. Areas where crime is more likely ... like in the first grade classrooms of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Come on, Rich, you and your kind just need to sing it out, loud and proud: The only kind of "gun control" you're interested in involves stripping poor, black men of their Fourth Amendment rights. Which, come to think of it, the founding fathers would be totally down with ...