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November 7th, 2008 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Nov. 7th, 2008

10:19 am - Obama administration plans to make national gun ban permanent

Via On Concerns Over Gun Control, Gun Sales Are Up

“We’re not really sure who is promoting the concept that a change in federal administrations might affect firearms possession rights,” said an agency spokesman, Lance Clem…

Um, how about Obama’s stated plans to ban guns?:

As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn’t have them. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent, as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.

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12:27 pm - Changing of the whip hand

Paul Krugman writes:

Last night wasn’t just a victory for tolerance; it wasn’t just a mandate for progressive change; it was also, I hope, the end of the monster years.

What I mean by that is that for the past 14 years America’s political life has been largely dominated by, well, monsters. Monsters like Tom DeLay, who suggested that the shootings at Columbine happened because schools teach students the theory of evolution. Monsters like Karl Rove, who declared that liberals wanted to offer “therapy and understanding” to terrorists. Monsters like Dick Cheney, who saw 9/11 as an opportunity to start torturing people.

And in our national discourse, we pretended that these monsters were reasonable, respectable people. To point out that the monsters were, in fact, monsters, was “shrill.”

You’d think, having endured 14 years under the rule of monsters, that the Democrats would be seeking to reduce the power such monsters can wield. After all, what’s to prevent voters from electing such monsters again?

But does anyone think that Democrats will seek to do anything but the expand the reach and power of the government lash?

We’ve not banished the monsters to the wilderness. We’ve merely changed which hand holds the whip.

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