It’s not often that the confiscation crowd is nakedly honest, but when they think they’re just preaching to the choir, they might forget the heathens are listening, too.
That was the case in Sunday’s New York Times column by Maureen Dowd when Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy blurted out the real goal of the gun grabbers: Getting weapons out of your hands means getting the vote out of your hands, too.
“You’re not going to disenfranchise the NRA overnight,” Murphy told Dowd.
“Disenfranchise.” This isn’t the usual, misty-eyed “if it will save one life” claptrap; and the speaker isn’t some unshaven Occupier who doesn’t know where his next bath is coming from.
An elected United States senator wants to deprive a substantial part of our citizenry of the right to vote. Substitute any other group in this country for “NRA” in that sentence and try to imagine the Times — or any other American newspaper – quoting it approvingly.
Equally revealing, the column includes Murphy’s unintentionally comic description of chaperoning some Newtown families to Washington to tear-jerk lawmakers into line to vote against the Second Amendment. Not only does Murphy sound like a patronizing jerk, he makes the families sound like aborigines from the bush – or 12 year olds on a charter bus.
“They thought they were coming down here to argue for a ban on high-capacity magazines and universal background checks and we told them that they were coming to argue a filibuster and allow us to debate. And that was really heartbreaking and deflating for some of them.”
All was not lost, though. The heartbroken and deflated savages from Connecticut, who until last week apparently had never heard of the legislative process or that mysterious word “filibuster,” were heartened before returning to foraging for survival in the Nutmeg State.
“But they rose to the occasion, and it was wonderful to see them at the end of the trip feeling like they had made a difference,” Murphy says, making the group sound more like a Fairfield County 4-H Club field trip than the adult parents of murdered children.
And what do the rest of us learn from Murphy’s little civics lesson? Most importantly, that the crocodile tears over Newtown really were just another cover to “disenfranchise” – to trample even more rights of — American citizens who believe the Constitution means what it says. Another way of not letting a crisis go to waste.
“You’re not going to disenfranchise the NRA overnight,” Murphy says. “I think ultimately we will get the assault weapons ban because I don’t think this is the last time a man will walk into a crowded place with an AR-15.”
It’s terrible to say, but he actually sounds hopeful.
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