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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:40 AM

Guess what, liberals? We will NEVER know enough about guns to be "qualified" to write gun laws! [View all]

Staffs of liberal lawmakers and Congressional committees will study guns in preparation for the upcoming writing of gun safety legislation. But I will bet you that no matter how much our side studies gun technology, we will be deemed still to be "ignorant" about guns to "do the job right."

Enter the EXPERTS who "can do the job right." Who are they?

My guess -- and I fervently hope I am wrong -- is that those experts will be NRA or NRA backers. They will mock us and demand more minutia than would ever be necessary, then laugh and call us clueless about guns and we should leave the lawmaking to the experts like themselves ("step aside and let us do it!"). I fear this is what is in store.

Today, in my home town newspaper, the NRA narrative of how ignorant we liberals are about guns, was in full display in a front page story/interview of a gun store owner (with, oh yes, a pic of him manfully displaying one of his guns!). Here is the piece: http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2013/01/20/news/doc50fb73a138047945043836.txt

We here on DU have heard this worn out routine time and time again in full hue and cry. And of course this gun store owner, Imperati (aptly named!), is only trying to sell his product and make a buck off of it. He even shamelessly blames US for exploiting the tragedy of the dead children at Newtown!

As I say, I want to be wrong. I hope I am wrong. I like to believe that at long last people will do the right thing. But I am very wary and those of us who support strong gun safety laws should pay careful attention to the process of legislating this issue going forward. We need a watchful media reporting on the issue and we need to be watchful, too.

I will be watching.

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