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Thursday, August 08, 2002

Eugene Volokh responds to a Detroit Free Press opinion piece by two gun control advocates calling for "common sense" gun control measures like requiring psychological examinations for firearms purchasers and banning "pump-action" guns. Prof. Volokh very cogently shreds the silly piece but - because he is a polite man - doesn't really point out that these people are overt liars. Besides the fact that nothing about their proposals is "common sense", they make several factual claims that are outright lies.

Their attempt to link their gun control insanity to the war on terrorism is especially offensive. Yes, you stupid gits, we'd be safe from terrorists if no one could buy a Remington .30-06 pump action deer rifle? Hey, clueless, terrorists last year killed 3,000 people armed with nothing more than razor blades. Take your lies elsewhere.

The reality is that this piece is just an amazingly crude and hapless attempt by two Democrat operatives to revive the gun control issue for Democrats in an election year. Go for it, nothing I'd like more than to see the Democrats try to make gun control an election issue.