Editorial Love Still Shows the Weakening Arguments

The anti-gun groups are all touting this editorial at the LA Times that they no doubt love. But for all the people who want to claim Heller a defeat, you will notice that they concede that handgun prohibition is off the table, and America’s gun culture is unlikely to change. But short of that they bring up the usual canards, about licensing guns like we license drivers, even though we generally already do, and the current push for closing the so-called “gun show loophole.” But they are now forced to making their arguments from a weaker position. Fifteen years ago, I don’t think you’d see too many major media outlets claiming “there are few gun laws that could have prevented the tragedy short of a blanket ban on handguns, and the Supreme Court last year ruled that Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban was unconstitutional.”

We still have a lot of work to do, and we’re hardly safe from the predations of anti-gun groups, but I actually loved that the LA times had to concede that.

6 Responses to “Editorial Love Still Shows the Weakening Arguments”

  1. Caleb says:

    Hell yes let’s license guns “like we license drivers”. A gun permit that allows you unlimited usage anywhere in the United States with unlimited reciprocity? SWEET.


  2. Flighterdoc says:

    Sure, and easy licensing: A class or two in high school, a one-time demonstration of bare minimal competence, and then every 3-5 years or so a review of the rules (if you’ve been naughty) or a by mail renewal!

    Sign me up!

    Oh, wait: driving on public roads is a privilege. OK, thats fine:

    Let me have a firearm of my choice on private land. That means I can order it via the internet, have it delivered by any number of package delivery services, and no crap about background checks or 4473s. I guess I could live with that.

  3. Pete says:

    So we can also rack up violations and accidents with our licenses before they are suspended? A points system like they have here in Michigan?

    So like 6 accidental shootings before we are suspended for 6 months? And they expire every 2 years if you’ve been good?

  4. Weer'd Beard says:

    Not to mention you can build any gun you want so long as you only use it on private land or carry it in a container (trailer). All Guns required to have mufflers while in use. You can buy gun mufflers in mail order catalogs or in any gun shop you can find.

    Of course if you operate a gun WITHOUT a muffler you can face a small fine. Tho “Classic” guns would be exempt (revolvers).

    I LOVE IT!

  5. Matthew Carberry says:

    Inigo Montoya voice…

    “License guns like we license cars”

    You anti-gunners keep using that phrase, I do not think it means what you think it means.

  6. Brad says:

    I for one am grateful to witness the slow death of the Los Angeles Times. Good riddance! They have waged a decades long campaign against guns, with no limit on false reporting and demagogic editorials.