Prof. Nick Johnson has an op-ed in the Wall Street JournalÂ [UPDATE: Link fixed] calling out progressives on their policy solutions. Namely, speaking of the recent endorsement of confiscation schemes:
As a candidate,Â Barack ObamaÂ said that he had no interest in trying to take peoplesâ€™ firearms. Now, beyond the influence of voters, the president has begun to elaborate his true inclinations. This month he praised Australiaâ€™s far-reaching gun-control efforts. In 1996, after a lunatic used a semiautomatic rifle to kill 34 people in Tasmania, the Australian government banned all semiautomatic rifles and repeating shotguns. Owners of these roughly 700,000 firearms (about a quarter of the countryâ€™s three million total guns) were required to turn them in for destruction. The government called this a â€œbuyback,â€ but no one had a choice.
Read the whole thing. I agree that in some respects, the honesty is refreshing. To quote the great Han Solo, “Bring ’em on, I’d prefer a straight fight to all this sneaking around.”