Gun Control 'Debate' a Fantasy

Kimberly Strassel points out that Washington already agrees on guns
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2013 11:45 AM CST
Gun Control 'Debate' a Fantasy
Sorry, gun control advocates, it's not happening.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

(Newser) – Ever since Sandy Hook, there's been "an almost cosmic disconnect" between gun control advocates, who "sniffed a rare political opening," and the real world, writes Kimberly Strassel at the Wall Street Journal. Gun control advocates are asking for everything up to and including crowning Michael Bloomberg emperor. ("A position for which Mr. Bloomberg no doubt believes himself suited," Strassel quips.) But in reality, that would all have to pass Congress—where more than half of lawmakers have an "A" rating with the NRA and the House is controlled by Republicans.

Asked recently what was more likely, new gun regulations or John Boehner becoming a pagan, one GOP aide replied, "Probably the latter." But it's not just Republicans. Red state Democrats have shown no appetite for gun control, and no matter how the press tries to spin it, Harry Reid has promised only a "thoughtful debate." In other words, if you're bemoaning a lack of partisanship in Washington, cheer up. "There is one issue on which Congress still resoundingly agrees: gun rights." Click for her full column. (Read more Kimberly Strassel stories.)

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