Dave Kopel reports it’s not a disaster, and makes this note about the presidency:
President. Based on past record, certainly a -1. One important difference between our last Democratic President and our next one is the latter has shown himself to be much more self-disciplined. Accordingly, it is possible that he will not waste his political capital on a reckless culture war against gun owners, as President Clinton foolishly did.
So perhaps President Obama will spend his political capital elsewhere, and be a -0.1 President on the gun issue. The approach would be in line with the positive, unifying themes that Obama presented on victory night in Iowa last January, and with his eloquent victory speech tonight.
I don’t know if President Obama will be so temperate. But anyone who fears for the worst can still hope for the best.
We must hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. 2010 will be important for us.