Ivy League Liberal Columnist Says Gun Control Advocates Will “Redouble Their Efforts”, Our Response
E.J. Dionne Jr is the son a dentist and had the opportunity to attend some of the finest universities in the world.
I suppose that might be why he is so out of touch with average Americans.
In a recent Washington Post editorial, Dionne said the anti gun community’s (I’m not going to use the word lobby, because you, as well as I, know we are a massive community, not a specialized lobbyist group) efforts to squash anti gun legislation in the Senate last week will actually backfire and inspire anti gun activists to “redouble their efforts”.
I guess Mr. Dionne missed the recent Gallup poll in which it was found that a whopping 4% of Americans actually care about gun control (most people are far more concerned about the economy, jobs and foreign policy).
Mr. Dionne said the following in his Washington Post editorial:
Not only do Americans overwhelmingly endorse background checks; senators representing the vast majority of our people do, too. The “yes” votes Wednesday came from lawmakers representing 63 percent of the population. How can our democracy thrive when a willful minority can keep dictating to the rest of the country?
According to the data I’ve found, that 90% number comes from a poll question worded similarly to, “Do you support people getting their backgrounds checked when buying a gun at a gun show?”. It does not go into the details about the privacy concerns such a system would bring about, nor does it ask about the cost, time, and hassle of said background checks for non gun show transactions. I suspect we would have a 90% opposition if we worded that questions as, “Do you support invasive background checks that could eventually be used to determine what types of firearms your family owns, cost you additional money whenever you purchase a firearm, cost taxpayer dollars to upgrade the background check infrastructure, and greatly restrict your ability to buy or sell legally owned property?”
Let’s ignore that fact for a minute and pretend 90% of the American people actually do care about and support expanded background check legislation.
Mr. Dionne, as a well educated man I am sure you are well aware that our Constitution and Bill of Rights was put in place to protect the American people from mob rule as much as anything else. If it were an issue not specifically covered by the Bill of Rights and 90% of the American people felt one way about it, I would agree with you and say that Congress should act. However, in this case, the Constitution trumps public opinion.
Let’s look at it another way. What if 90% of the population supported creating a database of everyone’s sexual orientation? What about their medical records, surely it would be beneficial for public well being if people could look up health records of potential sexual partners. What if 90% supported a strict voter ID system?
I know what you would say. You would say those things are an infringement on the rights of law abiding citizens and our lawmakers must have the courage to defeat those measures.
To demonize Senators who voted against these measures and actually upheld their oath to preserve the Constitution of the United States is not only disrespectful, it is downright ignorant.